In Today's Gazette: Eight page picture special on the changing face of Colchester

Colchester High Street in 1903, picture courtesy of Patrick Denney.

Colchester High Street in 1903, picture courtesy of Patrick Denney.

First published in News

ONE hundred years ago, there were few cars on the roads and Colchester was a fraction of the size it is today.

A century later, and a series of fascinating pictures published in Tuesday's Gazette show how much the town has altered.

With the help of historian and author Patrick Denney, we reveal the old and new through a series of fascinating photographs.

 

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11:33am Tue 15 Jan 13

Bert_Stimpson says...

Such a shame to see a good town ruined. The current council seem determined to accelerate the process with ill-conceived vanity projects and thousands of new rabbit hutches.
Such a shame to see a good town ruined. The current council seem determined to accelerate the process with ill-conceived vanity projects and thousands of new rabbit hutches. Bert_Stimpson
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6:55pm Tue 15 Jan 13

wellnow says...

Oh to see the high street looking like that again, no fancy bays etc.the road is still the same width you know.what we have now is the result of a succesion incompetent blunders.
Oh to see the high street looking like that again, no fancy bays etc.the road is still the same width you know.what we have now is the result of a succesion incompetent blunders. wellnow
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11:42am Wed 16 Jan 13

25414nora says...

Thank you Gazette..the pictures in your Tuesday edition, I found absolutely fascinating.

Smashing to see many of Colchesters
historic buildings still jealously preserved and much of the towns heritage still apparent.

The Grand Theatre (hippodrome) easily blends in with the adjacent modern fascade, and the town hall, still standing proud in the centre of the high street, and all this is a tribute to planners past and present.

Interesting to see the old cups hotel
(now the job centre) and next door I recall, in the fifties, attending the ' old' corn exchange: Rock'n'Roll dances.
(such memories).

Yes there have been many changes
and yes not all for the good, but all- in-all, Colchester still maintains it's place in history, and it's still exudes it's wonderful abience..
Thank you Gazette..the pictures in your Tuesday edition, I found absolutely fascinating. Smashing to see many of Colchesters historic buildings still jealously preserved and much of the towns heritage still apparent. The Grand Theatre (hippodrome) easily blends in with the adjacent modern fascade, and the town hall, still standing proud in the centre of the high street, and all this is a tribute to planners past and present. Interesting to see the old cups hotel (now the job centre) and next door I recall, in the fifties, attending the ' old' corn exchange: Rock'n'Roll dances. (such memories). Yes there have been many changes and yes not all for the good, but all- in-all, Colchester still maintains it's place in history, and it's still exudes it's wonderful abience.. 25414nora
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11:48am Wed 16 Jan 13

25414nora says...

25414nora wrote:
Thank you Gazette..the pictures in your Tuesday edition, I found absolutely fascinating.

Smashing to see many of Colchesters
historic buildings still jealously preserved and much of the towns heritage still apparent.

The Grand Theatre (hippodrome) easily blends in with the adjacent modern fascade, and the town hall, still standing proud in the centre of the high street, and all this is a tribute to planners past and present.

Interesting to see the old cups hotel
(now the job centre) and next door I recall, in the fifties, attending the ' old' corn exchange: Rock'n'Roll dances.
(such memories).

Yes there have been many changes
and yes not all for the good, but all- in-all, Colchester still maintains it's place in history, and it's still exudes it's wonderful abience..
**Ambience of course*
[quote][p][bold]25414nora[/bold] wrote: Thank you Gazette..the pictures in your Tuesday edition, I found absolutely fascinating. Smashing to see many of Colchesters historic buildings still jealously preserved and much of the towns heritage still apparent. The Grand Theatre (hippodrome) easily blends in with the adjacent modern fascade, and the town hall, still standing proud in the centre of the high street, and all this is a tribute to planners past and present. Interesting to see the old cups hotel (now the job centre) and next door I recall, in the fifties, attending the ' old' corn exchange: Rock'n'Roll dances. (such memories). Yes there have been many changes and yes not all for the good, but all- in-all, Colchester still maintains it's place in history, and it's still exudes it's wonderful abience..[/p][/quote]**Ambience of course* 25414nora
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7:31pm Wed 16 Jan 13

Im_Like_HELLO says...

Fascinating pictures. But the best album of Colchester is the Francis Frith "Around Colchester" book with its bantering captions - e.g. "roaring gulch" of dual carriageways and "uncompromisingly modern" buildings.
Fascinating pictures. But the best album of Colchester is the Francis Frith "Around Colchester" book with its bantering captions - e.g. "roaring gulch" of dual carriageways and "uncompromisingly modern" buildings. Im_Like_HELLO
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