Colchester Essex – Some of the heritage of Colchester is listed here, fine historic attractions in the city. The ancient ramparts broad-based brick and mortar over 3 metres wide, embellished with stones, are testimony to the Roman occupation. They are clearly visible against the old upper town of Colchester, particularly in the area of the Roman road, of Priory Street. The defensive walls reconstructed after 61 AD were nine feet high and 3 km in circumference. The City Museum and Castle Museum, the Norman keep erected in 1076 on the basis of the temple dedicated to the conquering emperor Claude is the largest of England, 46 by 34 metres. Other sections of the museum covers the history of Colchester and nearby areas of Essex county, from prehistory to modern times. Other museums in well preserved old buildings are ideal to visit when the weather conditions are poor, include the Social History Museum in Trinity Street on the history and traditions of Colchester. St Botolph’s Priory ruins built in the 12th century was considered the richest in England after its erection. It has remains of arches and the base of a nave 36 metres long. Colchester is to the east of Braintree (see map) in Essex.
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