UK area in focus - Colchester, Essex

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Whenever I write or post pictures from various parts of the UK, all my ActiveRain friends seem to like it. So this is part of a new daily series introducing you all to various parts of this lovely little island! If you've got any special requests for certain English places, just drop me a line and it could be featured next!

 One of our readers saw us talking about Chester yesterday and felt compelled to tell us about their home town with a similar name - Colchester.

Colchester, in the East of England, is officially the oldest recorded town in England. London stole the capital position from Colchester over 1000 years ago, but for some time it was the city of choice for kings, and plenty of history is still visible here too. Colchester’s town centre still prominently displays the old Roman wall and a fantastically preserved Norman castle can be found in Castle Park.

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Old churches have been redeveloped in to arts centres and there’s even an old water tower which is rumoured to be converted in to a bachelor pad (add “bachelor pad” to your MyGlobrix search)!

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Aside from the history behind the town, Colchester has plenty of shopping space available and can make a good night out if you head to the right places. It also makes a claim to fame by being the proud host of Pimp My Ride UK. For the grown-ups, London is only 45 minutes on the train to Liverpool Street, which explains the new (but quite aesthetically pleasing) housing developments near the station and for the children, Lexden road hosts some of the best rated schools in the UK.

Why don’t you have look?

Property for sale in Colchester.

Property to rent in Colchester.

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Sharon Paxson
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Poppy - beautiful photos. I have yet to visit England (I want to however) and will look forward to seeing it through your posts for now. What a beautiful area.

Oct 29, 2008 03:08 AM #1
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Gary Woltal
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Poppy, thanks for the photos of Colchester. I love the pond and the history behind the town.

Oct 29, 2008 03:36 AM #2
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Don Rogers
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Poppy, I think the lake/park pic is very relaxing.  I would like to get back to England again for a visit and enjoy a cup ot tea while I'm there.

Oct 29, 2008 09:48 PM #3
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Awesome!

Oct 30, 2008 03:35 AM #4
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Robin Rogers
Robin Rogers, Silverbridge Realty, San Antonio, Texas - San Antonio, TX
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Hi, Poppy! Congrats on the new job! I will check out Globrix.

Suggestions for places to feature include some of the towns I used to live in: Guildford, Horsham (W. Sussex), and Godalming. I also lived in north London--Barnet (but you can skip that one in favor of Finchley), Southgate, and briefly in Wapping, south London. I'd love to see how/if those areas have changed in the last few years.

That should keep you even busier than you are now!

Cheers,

Robin

Oct 31, 2008 08:16 AM #5
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Poppy Dinsey
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Hey Robin, believe it or not I'm from Cranleigh and went to school in Godalming! So I know Horsham, Godalming and Guildford like the back of my hand :-) Having lived in Brighton and Hove I now live in East London, pretty near Wapping actually...and I have to go to Wapping for work a lot as we're part owned by News International. Small world! I'll definitely be covering these areas in due course :-D

Nov 04, 2008 01:29 AM #6
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Robin Rogers
Robin Rogers, Silverbridge Realty, San Antonio, Texas - San Antonio, TX
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Hi, Poppy! That's so cool! It is indeed a small world. I'm looking forward to your analyses. My husband lived and worked in Guildford when we met, and I had just moved to Wapping from Southgate. I transferred to my company's office in Godalming and we rented a cottage in Shamley Green before buying a home in Horsham. That commute from Horsham to Godalming got the best of me, though, so we ended up moving back to Godalming for the last year before we moved to Texas. I miss the great pub food around there!

Take care--we're electing a president today. My husband got his US citizenship just in time to vote!

Cheers,

Robin

Nov 04, 2008 10:06 AM #7
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Lovely pics - I'm looking forward to working my way through your posts.

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