TL9925 : Colchester Castle

near to Colchester, Essex, Great Britain

Colchester Castle
Colchester Castle
Colchester Castle is the largest Norman castle keep ever built in England. Constructed around 1076 on the site of the Roman Temple to Claudius using materials salvaged from the ruin. In the 1690ís Colchester ironmonger John Wheeler began demolishing this piece of Colchesterís heritage (a proud tradition of Colcestrian vandalism that continues to this day). I was taught at school that by luck the Roman vaults were exposed. Wheeler spent his entire fortune excavating these looking for nonexistent treasure. Today some scholars cast doubt on this story. In the eighteenth century Charles Gray rescued the castle and partly roofed it over in Romanesque style, the building materials convincing him the castle was Roman. The Castle is now a museum.

2013 Update:- The castle museum is about to close until 2014 for a major £4.2m restoration LinkExternal link After the exhibits were removed the castle was opened for a number of fund raising events that enabled people to see inside without all the exhibits cluttering up the space these included a TL9925 : Historic Beer Festival
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Saturday, 20 August, 2005   (more nearby)
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OSGB36: geotagged! TL 999 253 [100m precision]
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