OUR pub nostalgia is clearly striking a chord with Gazette readers.

In recent weeks, we've printed pictures of popular watering holes that have now disappeared and been consigned to the annals of history.

They may be long gone but they have clearly stirred up memories for many of you.

John Sallows, of Bramley Close, Alresford, dropped us a line with pictures of the Six Bells pub.

"It was once said that if you left the train at Hythe Station and had a pint at the Rising Sun, you wouldn't make St Botolphs corner as there were 25 pubs along the way," he said.

"In my day there were 15, including The Fountain and Plough hotels.

"Our parents, George and Eva Sallows, were publicans and we returned to Colchester in 1966 to the Six Bells, in Greenstead Road.

"It was a real social club, with two men’s and two ladies' darts teams.

"My parents remained at the pub until retiring in 1980.

"My father's parting words were that in the future there would not be pubs - just restaurants that sell beer. How right he was."

Ann Levy, of All Saints Avenue, Colchester, enjoyed seeing our recent picture of The Dolphin, on Hythe Hill.

Her maternal grandmother's father was, for a time, licensee of the pub. His name was George Southgate.

"It looked very different in my great grandfather's day," said Mrs Levy.

"My grandmother's family moved away from Colchester and her brothers moved to Ipswich, one to become a butcher and the other to be a greengrocer," she said.

"My grandmother married an Irish tailor, at St Peter's on North Hill, and moved to Southend.

"This is where they brought up eight children, with my mother being the youngest.

"I moved to Colchester with my family in 1985, being at the time completely unaware of my family connection."

Here is our latest gallery of photos:

The Dophin, in Hythe Hill


The Six Bells, Greenstead Road


The Shipp Inn


The Stockwell Arms, West Stockwell Street


The Sunn Inn, Maidenburgh Street


The Victory, West Stockwell Street


The Whalebone, North Hill


The Three Mariners, Magdalen Street


The Welcome Sailor, Ipswich Road South


The White Horse, East Street