In AD77 a Roman writer by the name of Pliny the Elder described the location of the Isle of Anglesey as being 'about 200 miles from Camulodunum, a town in Britain'. This was the Roman name for Colchester and is the earliest known reference to a fixed settlement in Britain, hence the claim to be Britain's oldest recorded town.
Local attractions include Colchester Zoo and Colchester castle. The castle, having seen very little military action in its lifetime is still in excellent condition and is open to the public. Its keep is the largest ever built by the Normans and pre-dates the Tower of London. It is situated in the grounds of Castle Park (opened in 1892) which is host to a beautiful display of coloured flowers in the spring and summer months.
The town is also home to the University of Essex and is well known for its links with the army which has a large garrison based in Colchester. The badges of 19 regiments associated with the town centre can be seen displayed along the wall by the road as you pass up Balkerne Hill.
Colchester is still a town of full of buildings of great age and character. Colchester has many quaint old style shopping areas as well as the more modern shopping centre in Culver Square with its water fountain and street entertainers; a popular local meeting place with a market held every Friday. Visitors to the town should also investigate the cobbled streets of Eld Lane and Trinity Street, an area which is full of small, character-filled shops and tea/coffee rooms.
Our shop is located on Trinity Street, opposite the Holy Trinity Church. Opened in November 2015, we proudly offer a boutique style shopping experience in our grade I listed building, showcasing our “preloved unique one-offs”. We look forward to welcoming you to our store.
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