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The following pictures are taken from old postcards, card books and some photographs.

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(not all are postcards).













mainly from picture books of the period.



a subject all of their own!



unknown and mystery! Can you help with identification?






1 - 400

High Street looking west

postally unused but probably c1905.

2 -

High Street looking west giving a view of the wonderful St Nicholas Church in the High Street, later demolished.


postally unused

3 - 584

High Street looking east


postally unused

4 -

High Street looking west


postmarked Nov 1916, Mrs S Pearce, Bideford

5 -

High Street looking east

Poysers Series

postmarked Sep 1906, Mrs Maudsley, Twyford

6 - 450

High Street looking east

50684 JV

undated but probably c1905, sent to Denmark

7 - 420

High Street looking east


postally unused

8 - 1735

High Street looking east with St Nicholas Church and All Saints Church beyond

Friths Series

postmarked Sep 1903, Mrs Morgan, London

9 - 420

High Street looking west

postally unused

10 - 405

High Street view from Jumbo


postally unused

11 - 565

With another view of St Nicholas Church in the High Street

12 - 150

From a photo by Gill

posted May 1920, Miss Gladys Hopwood, Eltham, from 25 Crowhurst Road, Colchester

13 - 420

With another view of St Nicholas Church in the High Street.

14 - 325

posted Dec 1903, Mrs Tyrell, Bournemoth

Frith's Series

15 -

220483.JV Valentines


16 - 345

Postally Unused

17 - 380

1060 10 8091 S

Dated Jan 1911, To Miss Cole of Wisbech, from Lizzie

18 - 1378

A View from Jumbo

postally unused - note the tram


The Wyndham Series W7148. Sent to Miss M Reeves of The Ship Inn, Worplesdon in October 1917

20 - 460

21500 Postally unused

(20a -

a second version of this card was sent on 23rd August 1946 to Mrs Payne of Hamworthy)

see also A446

21 - 585

V310-3 Dated May 1907, To Miss Ash in Leamington from Becks

22 - 145

Postmarked Sep 1958, to Miss Gladwell, Guildford, from Win and John

23 - 350

High Street in the 1950's, postally unused, National Series

24 - 210

High Street in the 1960's, postally unused, Harvey Barton, showing Woolworths in the High Street before it burned down.

25 - 169

Posted September 1914 to mr Stoneman, Colebrooke, Devon


26 - 260

Unused, printed by F W Pawsey and Son, Ipswich


posted July 1942 to Miss Sybil West of Greenford

With another view of St Nicholas Church in the High Street.


D F and Co, York. posted October 1903 to Miss Jones of Putney

29 -

220482 JV, No 17

Postally unused, Valentines series, 1920's?

30 - 577

220462 JV, No 3

Posted 19 July 1938 from Phyllis to Miss Hannah Platt of Shoreham by Sea.

31 - 499

8177 21 Postally unused. Looking east.

With another view of St Nicholas Church in the High Street.

32 - 380

A postcard of superb photographic clarity, posted in July 1934, it shows the Red Lion Hotel (Trust House), J Sainsburys, Kendall and Sons with the Red Umbrella sign, Lawrences outfitters, market stalls and St Nicholas church spire. Sent to Mr and Mrs (Annie) G Gardner of Gateshead by an unnamed person of 1 Essex Hall Road, Colchester.

33 -

Postally unused. Tram in view. W and K No 4

34 - 310

Posted Sep 1904 to Miss Ada Smith of Ipswich.

35 - 399

Photochrom V2299, posted 4 Oct 1956 to Mrs C R Watts of Bexhill on Sea.

36 - 338

Unused 1950's card. M and L National Series


Unused 1950's card. M and L National Series.

With another view of St Nicholas Church in the High Street.

38 - 942

This is a Valentines Series card, unfranked or stamped but sent to Miss F E Hudson of Whalley Range, Manchester by Nell.

39 - 470

Unused card, Photocrom Co Ltd 74099

40 - 828

Unused card, Valentines, All Saints Church on left, tram centre, building on right was demolished when war memorial was built.

41 -

Another 1950's view of the High Street. Unused card, Photocrom Co Ltd 74099

42 -

21437, unused

43 - 475

The British Mirror Series 24/17 257. Posted to Miss A Boyes of Hawick, Scotland in July 1905.

Without a doubt, the most attractive (if not beautiful) church in Colchester was St Nicholas Church in the High Street. It was a grand Gothic revival building, designed by Sir George Gilbert Scott, but declared redundant by the church commissioners and demolished in 1956.

We didn't learn from this either. The powers that be have since gone on to destroy many more of our heritage buildings since then. May history judge them! Go here for details.

44 - 335

Another view of St Nicholas Church.

45 - 191

Unused, Valentines Series, G6833, c1930

46 - 191

Unused, Valentines Series, 220483, c1930

47 - 235

Exclusive Grano Series, , The Photocrom Co, posted to Mrs Carter of Woodford Green in July 1931 by Phyllis Crane

48 - 194

published by Valentines, 67343, posted 1913 to Mrs C Osborn of Grays, Essex

49 -

sent May 1904 to Miss Kathleen Gooding of Hamilton Road, Felixstowe

50 - 677

21501, sent to Miss Rofe? of Kensington on 18th September 1935


also, A344-317


51 -

66566 Photochrom, sent September 1930 to Mr J G Hickman of Clapham Road, London

52 - 651

Postally unused but pencil note date July 1905


53 - 1130

The Grand Theatre. Postally unused. W8527

54 - 280

RA Series, posted August 1917 to Miss Mary Allen of Westcliffe on Sea by Lily

55 - 149

Valentines 57343?, postedSep 1922 to W D Lewis of Crouch End, London

56 - This is a photograph, not a postcard. It is dated from the 1939 to 45 period. We assume that it was taken by an American serviceman, as it came from the US. It is a high quality picture and shows protective barriers and screens aoutside the Town Hall, as well as a sign on the nearest lampost stating, 'Salute the Soldier - LET YOUR SAVINGS - Present Arms'. There is a tremendous amount of detail shown of the Cups Hotel (demolished in the 60's), shop signs, bus stop destinations, seamed stockings, etc.

57 - 129

Photochrom Ltd, 51690, unused

58 - 695

JWS 1262 unused card

59 - 774

This is not an actual postcard but what appears to be a master for a postcard, with the No 10114, Poulton's Series marked on it, the Sea Horse pub on the left.


An interesting view of the imposing Three Cups Hotel, before it was demolished in the 1960's.

61- kb01

S6740, unused

62 - kb03

52, M & L National Series, posted Jul 1959

63 - 225

Sent to Mrs Lynch of Balham around 1930 (stamp unclear)

64 - 484

1-40-01-01 3248c by J Salmon Ltd. Sent Jly 1967 to Mr M Frayer? of Swanley. Note the Woolworths building on the left, burned down in the 1970's.

65 - 1438

Card by Jackson and Son (Gy) Ltd of Grimsby and Bradford. Sent September 1921 to Mrs B May of Bond Street, Cromer, from JB. At that time W Hunt and Sons were having their summer clearance sale.

66 - 159

High Street looking east. Unused card by M and L National Series.

67 - 400

The War memorial. Unused card by Lilywhite Ltd. c1920.



High Street, Colchester. Aerial view from Town Hall looking south west. M and L National Series. 53. Unposted. 1950's.


Card unused. S 8050 Kingsway Real Photo Series. W H SMith and Son on right. Sands and Son further along. Tram No 13.


S8051 card by Kingsway unposted


High Street, Colchester. Aerial view from Town Hall looking south west. M and L National Series. 53. Unposted. 1950's.


Card unused. S 8050 Kingsway Real Photo Series. W H SMith and Son on right. Sands and Son further along. Tram No 13.


S8051 card by Kingsway unposted


unused card by Valentines. 22048? c1935


K 810 Card by Valentine. Posted August 1954 to Master Christopher Honer? of Wallington, Surrey by his dad.


C6614 Dennis Productions. Posted August 1988 to Readon House, Petersfield, by V A Spurdle.


Card sent 24th August 1934 to Miss Doris Lee of Melbourne, Cambs. by Jess.


CHR 5 Mason's Alpha Series. Posted August 1956? to Mrs Effie Green Nelson, Lancs by Stella.


View of Colchester and Town Hall from an aeroplane (1274). Card by Photochrom by arrangement with the Aircraft Manufacturing Co Ltd. Sent to Mrs L E Bowden of Maidstone, Kent by her son Alf on 24th August 1931.


The Albert School of Art. Posted 23rd May 1915 to Mrs E Gardiner of Tendring by her daughter Daisy whose addres was Middle Mill. Star Series card G D & D L


Unused card by S and S C. 1158. Tram 14. Hackney carriages.


The IXL Series.Posted 8th March 1904 to Miss L Frisby of Archer Street, London by Will, with mention of 20 Arlington Gardens. Shows the Lamb Inn (soon to be demolished) far left. Also the George Hotel and further along the Swan Hotel.


No 106. Posted 11 Sep 1907 to Miss Adams of Stoney Stratford


Published by the Wrench Series. No 9399. Posted October 1910 to Miss Steadman of Little Bentley by Annie R Mann of 123 High Street, Music Depot. On the right we have W Hunt and Sons, Dressmakers and Milliners. Also John Cork and Co. On the left we see Joslin's, then G Farmers, then Blaxill and Co.

A266-781 sold

Unposted but note on back says photo taken on board a tram, either Coronation 1911 or Shopping Week 2012. Shop of F H Lester on left, then a fruitere, then Croyden Bros, then the Hippodrome.


17991. Dated 29th March 1926 with a message to brother and sister from Ted. It shows the east end of the High Street with the recently erected war memorial but before the buildings were fully removed and as we see it today. Tram No 12 or 17, with soldiers on the top deck.


2100. Unused

A296-300 - This is a particularly large card that measures A4 size.

It is written on the back that it is, 'THE PANEL CARD' and has a place for a stamp and it states that a half-penny stamp may only be used

if the address only is written on that side. Produced by WHS and Son.


unused card showing the Red Lion Hotel and Kendal and Sons umbrell makers


Posted October 1927 ? (George V stamp) to Mr and Mrs Radcliffe of Crewe by their niece May? then living at 76 Canterbury Road.


G6836 by Valentine and Son, unused


Hoping for a fine night for December 18th! Sent to Miss Janie Wright of Antrim Road, Belfast. Unposted but 1881 serial number, presumed dated c 1902.


K806 Valentines unused


Skating Rink Now Open. Posted 7th October 1914 to Miss.....

(appalling handwriting)


Posted 1st May 1969 to Miss M Stevenson of Westcliffe on Sea by Dorothy. Scaffolding on front of Woolworths?


Unposted. A postcard sized photograph. Not a postcard. 579 Burney Photo. No 3 tram.


unposted, pen note that it is dated 1937


Kingsway S19366. Unposted. LNER horse and cart.


No postage stamp but addressed to Master Freddy Frost of 31 Oxford Street by A A. Valentines 50684.


136 Goodway, Croydon Bros, 133 F W Wise, F W Adams

A975/715, WHS and Son, sent 8th Apr 1916 to Miss ? of Bristol by H


Real photograph,No 9, Tram 4. Sent 29 Jul 1908 to Miss L Attwood of Woodnesboroby RDS.


8178 4 Unposted but handwritten love message on back from Fred.


Published by Charles Clark of Colchester. Unposted.




13 unused


unused card


unused card by S and S C


6216. Postage stamp removed but posted 1905 to Villa Louise au Sablons, Madame Faucillon, Seine et Marne, by her grand daughter Louise. Written in French.




1 - 230

The Castle


postally unused


Castle Park looking south

postally unused




also, the same picture but coloured





6338A J V Posted 6th June 1917 to Miss Edith Ambridge of Dalston


Outside the north wall, looking west

4 - 250

Dated Sep 1918, To Miss Florrie Cole of Gateshead from Hill?

5 - 250

41149, Valentines

Dated 1911?, To Miss Impey? from R J 

6 - 375

The Bandstand, postally unused

7 - 193

posted 1909? to Miss E Press of Poringland

8 - 950

postally unused, Valentines Series no 26099, circa 1924

9 -

A series of cards published by the Corporation of Colchester before the roof was put on. What date?

postally unused, 4 Interior looking north

10 -

A series of cards published by the Corporation of Colchester before the roof was put on. What date?

postally unused, 9 East Side

11 -

A series of cards published by the Corporation of Colchester before the roof was put on. What date?

postally unused, 7 Interior looking north east

12 -

A series of cards published by the Corporation of Colchester before the roof was put on. What date?

postally unused, 10 north west tower showing the original entrance

13 -

A series of cards published by the Corporation of Colchester before the roof was put on. What date?

postally unused, 8 south east tower and chapel apse

14 -

A series of cards published by the Corporation of Colchester before the roof was put on. What date?

postally unused, 6 the great staircase

15 -

A series of cards published by the Corporation of Colchester before the roof was put on. What date?

postally unused, 3 Main Entrance

16 -

A series of cards published by the Corporation of Colchester before the roof was put on. What date?

postally unused, 5 door of the county jail

17 - sold

S and S C, postally unused

18 - 760

Published by J Howe, General Stores, 34 North Hill, Colchester, 5902...294, postally unused

19 - 1550

A superb quality photograph showing a view from All Saints church of the war memorial surrounded by hundreds of people, with the castle in the background. The card is unused and possibly records the dedication ceremony on completion of the memorial in the 1920's.

20 - 400

The Cricket Pavilion in view from across the lower Castle Park. Unused card M & R C

21 - 405

Roman Excavations and Bandstand. The Photocrom Co Ltd, ref 51689, postally unused.

22 - 191

Castle Gardens

Unused, Valentines Series, 220469, c1930

23 - 191

Castle Park

Unused, Valentines Series, 220470, c1930

24 - 191

Colchester Castle

Unused, Valentines Series, 220472, c1930

25 - 191

War Memorial and Castle

Unused, Valentines Series, 220475, c1930

26 - 360

sent July 5th 1907 to Mrs Cordley c/o Mrs Fenner of Maldon Road, Colchester, by CWC



W7166 The Wyndham Series. Sent to Mrs Gladys Andrews of Brockley by Rose in 1915.


9 H G R C Photo by Gill. Unused.


H G R C Photo by Gill. Sent to Miss H Newman in Fort William in 1905.


36 H G R C Photo by Gill. Unused.


Peace. Thanksgiving Service. Castle Park, Colchester. July 6th 1919. What looks like thousands of people in the Castle Park being addressed by at least three clergyman. Card by K Ltd. Unposted.


unposted, card by Sanbride published by CBC


Raphael Tuck and Son, Oilette, 7209. Sent 30th August 1913 to Mr Ted Humphey of Ware by J Warden? of No 2 Ipswich Road and mentions Lily.


The vaults of the Temple of Claudius c50 AD. English Life Publications Ltd, Derby. 8910T. Card unused.


Card sent 10th January 1908 to Mrs Carter of Dedham. Card by Bell's Photo Co, Leigh on Sea.


Real photograph card by HGR. No 6. Sent 17th January 1913 to Miss Dagley of Lowestoft by Grace.


posted 1st September 1904 to Miss A Downs of Little Clacton and showing a very sparce castle park with saplings that are now fully grown trees.


Posted June 1958 to Mr and Mrs M Durrant of North Walsham by Nellie Evans and mentions Joyce and ? Children's Boating Lake.


20739 unposted but pencil message on back to Annie from Herbert.


Split back, posted 30th June 1903 to Miss Plesse Cook? of Kesley Hall, Stradbrook, Eye. c/o Miss Ladbrooke, Wakefield House, Thorpe. [Appalling handwriting]




V2303 Photochrom and Co. Unused.


The Holly Trees Mansion Museum.15213. Unused.


The Children's Corner 13 41730 unused card by M and R C


67346 JV unused card by Valentines


Chopping's Mill Pond . Posted 13th June 1932Mrs S D Wilton of Ipswich by grandson John.


Posted 21st May 1928 to Mrs A Foster of Woodbridge. Card by the Southgate Studio.


S15339 . Unposted card by Kingsway. This looks to be taken on the same date as the preceding card, judging by the central wreath.


A view across the boating pond with Middle Mill in the background.Sent to Miss Gerty L Round of Ilford on 24th July 1918 by Dolliss. A real photograph of unknown origin.


220468 JV. Card by Valentine. (8) Unposted. Showing what we know today as Charles Gray's summer house on top of the Norman bailey mound.


Castle Park by the lake. Sent 30 Dec 1904 to M et Mme Daniel Corund in Paris (two halfpenny stamps), and to Emile et Lucette by Rose?

The bandstand in the backround with many people on the slope.


Ernest Joyce and Co.P36351 EJE 420. Unposted


Unused card


Card by Photochrom and Co. Sent 4th April 1934 to Ivy and Muriel? Withers and Misses Harrison of Bryn-Afon, Betsy Coed by Joly?


Sent 4th Oct 1904 to Miss Morgerneve of Lindfiled by E W M.


60189 Lily Pond and Castle. Published by Harvey Barton and Son Ltd of Aberdeen and Bristol. Unposted.


Sent to Miss Smith of London by H and K Ostill on 11th August 1961


24/1 273 The British Mirror Series unused


K 819 Sent to miss Evelyn Cap....? of Leicester by Clara on 26th May 1954. Card by Valentine and Sons.


A heraldic card looking north towards Middle Mill. 2157 S & S C.


Card by Judges Ltd of Hastings. Sent to Miss Margaret Smith of Royal Arsena in Woolwich on 24th June 1942 by Georgie? 20104.


26100 JV. Unused.


George V stamp but date not readable. Kingsway Real Photo Series. Lucas and Lisle Monument in Castle Park. Sent to Mrs Williams of Stowmarket by Bess with mention of Mrs Palmer.


The Headgate Series a 625/449 50716 unused card


JV 80094 Sent to Miss Gladys James of Manchester on 25th March 1916.


Shoreline Cards. Unposted.




21495. Unused.


1 - 250

Officers Mess, Hyderabad Barracks

76386 J V

postmarked 1916? (George V) Miss Lawrence, Kettering, E Haylock, North Walsham

2 - 275

Presenting War Medals

H G R C from photo by Gill

postally unused but pencil note to

Charles Cock of Badcock Farm, Abberton from Herbert

3 - 894

Royal Field Artillery

201 H G R C from photo by Gill

dated March 1911, Leytonstone, faint pencil

4 -

Goojerat Barracks, No 107, postally unused

5 - SOLD

Cavalry Barracks, postally unused, Signal series

6 - 415

Garrison Church, Military Road, posted May 1908 to A Young of Middx. from Allan

7 - 1075

The Abbey Field, postally unused

8 - 282

Sobraon Barracks, posted November 1907, to Mrs Robinson in Gt Yarmouth

9 - SOLD

Abbey Fields

Posted August 1906 to H J Edwards of Palmers Green from Hugh Rooney, the IXL Series




also, uncoloured,




the same card by IXL sent 5th Apr 1904 to Miss Flo White of Ipswich by unreadable but mentions a Miss Townsend.

10 - 569

Posted November 1909 to Mr A H Childs of Paddington from his brother George, published by E J Mercer of Colchester

11 - 856

52nd Gordons, Colchester, March 1919

postally unused

12 - 359

Postally unused, Goojerat Barracks, 7172 The Wyndham Series

Bob Westfield is looking for other pictures of this barracks, especially nearer to to 1955 to 1957 when he served there (040106).

13 - 600

Royal Field Artillery, by Gill, posted 2 Sep 1914? to Mrs S Gladwell of Woodbridge.

14 - 780

Essex I Y Camp, Colchester 1903

15 - 480

Hyderabad Barracks, Valentines Series, No 75385?, postmarked, 1918, to Miss D Lea Sellaur?, Newhaven Surrey, from F. In black and white and available but not shown.

15c - 169

Valentine Series 75385 JV. Postally unused. In colour as shown.

16 -

"B" Co., 10th Royal Fusiliers, Reed Hall Camp, Colchester

Cullingfords and Co Colchester, postally unused.

10th Stockbrokers Battalion.

17 - 454

Meeanee Barracks, posted 10th July 1919 to Mrs H Thomas of Rainham, Kent, from Frank. Published by Chas. Clark, Stationer and Tobacconist, Headgate, Colchester.

18 - 379

Posted 11th Dec 19?. George V stamp. To Mrs Gilbert of Northampton from Alf (first left).

This is our mob just come home from footballing on Sunday and got our tea with us on Photo Bread and cheese and onions for Sunday's tea that's a luxury for us We don't half live. Tell Percy if he...... Alf

19 - 328

Gill and Son, Colchester. Postally unused.

20 - 901

Officers Mess, Artillery Barracks. Valentines Series 31194. Postally unused.

21 - 835

Artillery Barracks. The Wyndham Series. Posted 4 Jan 1923? to Mrs Capon of Abergavenny.

22 - 1035 (22a - 437) (22b - scan only)

Distributing the South African War Medals, Colchester Camp, Photo Deacon, Colchester. Postally unused.

We have a second copy of this card that gives the date as 12th June 1903.

We have a scan of a third version of this card that states it to be of men of the Norfolk Regiment, and signed to the reverse "with Love and best wishes for Xmas and the New Year from Cecil - The photo is of the regiment receiving the King's medal from Genl Buchanan CB ". The officer has also identified himself with an arrow [to the front].

23 - 225

Cavalry Barracks. Postally unused. Moore and Roberts, Colchester.

24 - 425

The Abbey Field. Postally unused. M and R Series

25 - 630

Posted 24 Sep 1914, George V stamp, with a note of Fusiliers. Sent to somebody in Scotland by John. Cannot read.

26 - 630

Posted 25 Sep 1914, George V stamp, to Percy Ford of 53 Trentham Street, Southfields, London, from Will.

27 - 280

Artillery Barrack entrance. Postally used Sep 1946, sent to Mrs Sleath? in Little Clacton by her niece.

28 - sold

Meeanee Barrack Entrance, off Mersea Road. Postally unused.

29 - 529

The Abbey Fields, Army Cadets, c1910, postally unused. Valentine Series ref 41143.

30 - 614

Meeanee Barracks, posted 7th Feb 1911 to Miss F R Scott, Chelsea

32 - 419

The Military Hospital - Valentines Series 80205, postally unused.

33 - 1774

205 HGRC, 16th Lancers, Colchester. Sent October 6th, 1905 to Miss E Blake of Botesdale by Jim. Card by Gill.

34 - 801

The 4th Hussars, Cavalry Barracks, posted to Miss E M Tullett? of Fareham, Hants in 1905

35 - 135

Goojerat Barracks c1915

unused, published by E J Mercer, Military Road

(repeated A282)

36 - 899

unused, Corporal Jones, Mobile Vets, Colchester, dated 5th May 1917

37 -

Sobraon Barracks

unused, Valentines 76584

38 - 280

Artillery Barracks

unused, Raphael Tuck No 2050

39 - 801

unused, real photographic postcard of a group of Officers & NCO's serving with the Army Ordnance Department together with civilian staff at the Colchester Ordnance Depot.

40 - x

The Military Hospital

donated image

41 - 469

A large group of NCO's of the Royal Engineers, taken at Colchester, with many arm and sleeve badges on display including a Sergeant Farrier. Unposted. (Photographer's stamp, J E STUTTER of 11 Errington Road, Colchester)

42 - 325

A fun card of the Old Duff Section (Northants Regiment?), with a tin of Fray Bentos meat on top of a football. Posted March 10th 1910 to Miss Laura Sharpe of 21 Field Street Avenue, Kettering, by George. E Denison Binns, 44 Mersea Road, Colchester stamp.

43 - 292

Sobraon Barracks. unused

44 - 242

sent August 1913 to Miss Clarke of Stanstead

45 - 342

Sobraon Barracks. Sent to Mrs J Brown of Riding Mill, Northumberland, George V postmark, by her son. He failed examination for infantry but passed into Army Veterinary Corps, getting 3d a day in England and 4d a day abroad.

46 - 309

The Garrison Church. unused

47 - 1700

Aerial View of Colchester Showing Camp Church and Weslyan Chapel. (1275) Photochrom and Co Ltd. Postally unused.

48 - 601

Postally unused but notes on the back say 'May 1916. Colchester Camp. D Company with Derby Recruits. ' Also a separate note saying Territorials, Manchesters. A high quality photograph with clear details.

49 -

Soldiers of the Essex Yeomanry. Postmarked Colchester 1912? Sent by E E Minns at 2 Campion Road, Colchester to W Butcher of Longlands Park Road, Sidcup. 1194 L/Cpl E E Minns, Essex Yeomanry. The writer mentions that the Old Theatre Royal being completely burnt out the previous week.



50 - 420

Sobraon Barracks, unused, R A Series

51 - 514

Meeanee Barracks, Moore and Roberts, sent to Mrs Diggins of Oxford Road, Clacton-on-Sea on Nov 2nd 1906.

52 - 319

M and RC unused card, Garrison Gymnasium

53 - 525

C and D Companies 8th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment, Colchester No 30. Real photograph card unposted. Card produced by Foster and Harwood of Brighton.

54 - kb20

unused but a pencil date of 1947. Ricky Photo Service, Clacton-on-Sea, W F Rickman

55 - kb21


56 - 3407

206 HGRC by Gill - 16th Lancers, posted Oct 1905 to Mr E Buckett of Hightown, Manchester by Walt.

57 - 1013

Soldiers Home, with pencil note stating 'opened Queen Street in 1879 replacing one 2 Osborne Street, demolished 1940 for New Police Station. Published by the Southgate Studio, Short Wyre Street, k43301. Posted to Mrs Lunnis? of Ypres Road, Colchester in 1927.

58 - 1337

Interior of the Military Hospital. Sent Nov 1907 to Miss Milley Williams of Torpoint by Nellie?

59 - 939

The Time Gun on Abbey Field. With written message in French. Sent Sep 1905 to Mlle Poussin c/o Notariat de Corneilles, France. Published by HGRC, photo by Gill

60 - 901

Real photographic postcard of a group of NCO's and men serving with a rifle regiment. They are regulars and wear full dress. The facings, we think, are KRRC [Kings Royal Rifle Corps ] - though may be Rifle Brigade. They are seated with a trophy, and we imagine are in barracks at Colchester. Photo by E. Dennison Binns, 44 Mersea Rd, Colchester. Postcard in very good overall condition for age, though light staining to edges. Unused. Does anybody recognise the trophy - or the men?

61 - 1150

Peace with Victory. 1918? Unused card by Oscar Way, Royal Studio, Colchester.


16th Lancers changing guard. 211 HGRC. Photo by Gill. Unposted


2nd Dragoons (Scots Greys) farriers. 210 HGRC. Photo by Gill. Unposted.



A cropped postcard showing the band of the East Lancs Regiment on church parade. Posted to Mr E Audy of Bradford, Yorks by somebody at Greenstead Road, Colchester. George V stamp, dated October 1913.





SH 1915 Unused card by Stringer and Co of Colchester.


52 RB2 C Coy NCO's 1918-19. Rifle Brigade. Unposted but in pencil on the back is written, 'Ted Feb 19th 1919, 18 years 9 months at Cavalry Barracks, Colchester'. Card by J E Stutter of Errington Road, Colchester.


364. Staff of No 2 Cook House, Colchester 1919. One of the lads has a lance corporal stripe. These lads survived the Great War.


sent to Mr H Boning? of Gt Yarmouth in Aug 1904


Sobraon Barracks. 20737 card by E T W Dennis and Sons, Dainty Series. Unposted and in poor condition.


Hyderabad Barracks. Card by Moore and Roberts and sent Jan 1906 to Pte Charlie Bradwell of 2nd Essex Regiment at Royal Herbert Hospital, Woolwich by Millie


We have another version of this card sent 4th September 1907 to Miss Moore of Mansfield by JMM.


Sent 22 Oct 1914 to Mr Woodbr...? of Roxeth Farm, Harrow by Tom. Badly creased and scuffed. Badges suggest Royal Fusiliers - part of Kitchener's New Army - with their bell tent in the background - their battalion would have gone over to France the following spring.


Artillery Barracks, Officers Mess. 40. Unposted. Napier Road sign on railings.

(This is the building that later became the Sergeants Mess and which was the centre of an abortive campaign to purchase in 2010 for the Roman Circus interpretation centre and home for the Colchester Archaeological Trust. See here.)


230. Card sent to George Edward Lawrence of Norwich on 10th Sep 1914 (with Colchester postmark) by George. A glum looking lot, soon to be sent out to Mons. It must have been a cake party as they seem to be displaying their slabs of cake for the camera. Cap badges suggest Rifle Brigade, with one stretcher bearer.


Hampshire Regiment. Unused card by Gill and Son.


No 3 Section. School of cookery. Unused card.


The execution of the cook. 113 Batt RFA. Royal Field Artillery. Unused card by E Dennison Binns, Colchester. The soldier 4th from right displays a 'wound stripe' pointing up his arm rather than the reverse for a rang stripe.


Military soldier out of uniform, 20th Hussars.


This is not a postcard but is a photograph that came from the collection of Mr Don Goodman of Colchester. With Butt Road on the left and the soldier's clean washing on the right, Don tells us that it shows Le Cateau Barracks, a section of the 24th Field Battery, Royal Artillery, taken on 16th December 1937 witha X marking one J P Goodman. Photo by Oscar Way of Head Street, Colchester. Battery Orders by Capt J F Adye RA gave details of the parades and mentioned that No 1039339 Sgt, Goodman J.P. has been awarded the Long Service and Good Conduct Meadal (with gratuity).


Another photograph from Mr Goodman dated 4th November 1937 of J P Goodman, location unknown but presumed to be Colchester.


Unused card by Bradley and Blowers, 11 Mersea Road, Colchester. Written on the back,

'The Soldiers Corner in the cemetery Colchester, where Walters Grave X is'

The date of this card therefore must be 1919 or 20, at a time shortly after the end of the WW1. One cross is marked with a death in August 1919. The crosses were to be replaced in due course by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission gravestones that we see at this exact place today. The casualties must have been brought back from France and Belgium, after hostilities had ceased and excavation and recovery could begin.


Here follows a series of cards of n army kitchen cookery theme. This one of an improvised sand bag brick oven of the School of Cookery, Colchester. Unused.


Improvised tea tin kettle trench. This sent to Mrs Finch of Gravesend in Dec 1915 by Charly.


The Kitchen No 2. Unused.


The Kitchen No 4. Unused.



A scan of this postcard was kindly sent by Mr P Hawkey of Cornwall in October 2012 and shows,

No 9 Section, School of Cookery, Colchester,

together with some detail about the card.


Sobraon Barracks No 16. Posted to Miss Eva Arrowsmith of Stoke on Trent by George on 29th April 1911


2nd Batallion Suffolk Regiment 2. Unused card by Gale and Polden Ltd


Band Norfolk Regiment 99. H Osborne, General Dealer sign on left. Unused card but written in pencil on the back states the photographer as E Dennison Binns of Colchester and date 1914.


Queen Victoria's Rifles. Unused car with 'Colchester 1926 Duty Bugler' in ink on reverse side. Some damage in mid area.


This is not a postcard but is an early photograph of a group of Royal Artillery soldiers.


Meeanee Barracks. Card by Cullingford. Posted 11th November 1914 to Miss Eliza Briggs of Long Stratton by Jack. The picture seems to show some new recruits in civvies.


Essex Yeomanry, Colchester Camp. 15. Sent 21st May 1913 to Mrs Morley of Stanford le Hope


Gunner's funeral. Card by E Dennison Binns of Colchester. Posted 18th April 1913 to W McGregor of Leith, by Jock. The script states that the photo was of a guard in Jock's battery who was killed by one of the guns turning over.


Band of 16th Queens. Unused Card with note of date being March 1918.


Unposted but in pencil on back 'RE. Australian Field Engineers, August reinforcements, at Colchester in November1918'. The line up looks as if they are a military band.


Peace Celebrations in 1919, Queen Street. Published by the Southgate Studios, 3A Short Wyre Street. Unposted.





and another of the same occasion,


Same street, same day, same photographers. Unposted but handwritten note, 'The Pompadours, The peace procession at Colchester, July 19th 1919'.


Colchester Military Hospital 1945. A photograph, not a postcard.


Goojerat Barracks. Published by Thomas Clark, Stationer and Tobacconist of Headgate, Colchester. Posted February 19? George V stamp to Miss Kitty Gentry of Manor Park London by Charles. He had been running round the yard with a gas helmet on.

(Repeated 35)


An image donated to us by local collector Simon Gallup. It shows a view of the military hospital and another of the rifle range at Middlewick.


An image donated to us by local collector Simon Gallup. It records the representatives of the Russian 'Duma' visit to Colchester, with the inspection of the troops at Abbeyfields.

Please note that there are other, earlier pictures of the garrison on the 'early' page.

The following 20 postcards are of the First World War and are connected with Colchester in that they have been sent either to or from Colchester by various lovers of the same family connection.

We have over 30 of these cards of different designs and mentioning various of these following people.

To Bombardier A E Gentry, L29659 B Battery, Aldershot from Dolly. Dated 1915.

To Miss Kitty Gentry, 7 Parkhurst Road,Manor Park, London from Charles. Dated 1916.

To Private C Abrams, 21697, C Company, 12th Batt Essex Regt, Goojerat Barracks, Colchester from Kitty. Dated 1916.

On checking the marriage records, Charles and Kitty were married in West Ham in 1918.

Did they have any children and modern day descendants?


Our Boys - 4 Days Leave - Thumbs Up. Card sent with a Colchester postmark on 28th March 1915 to Miss R Mitson of Clare by her brother Ted.


Unposted card but addressed to Pte W (Harry) J Nutley 3776, B Company, 2/4 Royal Sussex Regt, Cambridge. Inscribed School of Cookery, Colchester No 3 Section.


Sobraon Barracks. R A Series. Unposted


Funeral Procession of His Late Majesty King Edward VII. Prince of Wales Own Royal Hussars.

This is not a Colchester card. Sorry.


The Camp Church. Unposted card published by Charles Clark of Headgate.


Fitness training for the soldiers. Posted to Miss Chrissy Grant of Aberdeen by Dr F Saunders, 1st Gordon Highlanders, Colchester on July 7th 1912.


'Clearing Up' 10th Royal Fusiliers, Reed Hall Camp by Cullingford and Co. Posted to Miss C Deeks of Maplestead by Perc on 26th October 1914.


One of three cards described as belonging to soldiers of the 1st Battalion Welsh Regiment band. On the back 'coming back from church 1923'. The other two cards are portraits of soldiers, one being Sid.


RAMC funeral cortege. Card by E Dennison Binns. Unposted.


10th Batt Royal Fusiliers 13th Platoon. Sent 6th Nov 1914 to J W Lewis of The Vicarage Oxhey by L R Cyden? with the message, 'Hope to be away before Christmas!'. Card by Oscar Way.


Officers Mess, Hyderabad Barracks. 17. Unposted.


1st Suffolk Regiment. Christmas 1920 in Colchester. Unposted.


The Military Hospital. Card by Moore and Roberts. Sent 15th Jan 1906 to Miss Florrie Upjohn of Battersea by Bert.


Band of the 4th Queen's Own Hussars, with bandmaster E O Davies. Photographer: Dobay of Butt Road, Colchester. 56976. Unposted.


Unposted card by Whitfield Cosser and Co of Colchester. A RA Lance Corporal.


Sobraon Barracks by Cullingford and Co. of Colchester. Posted 9th October 1914 to Mrs E Haggar of Harkstead by her son G H. Mention of Abbott, Hannah, Will.


Did he make it?


This is a photograph, not a postcard. Approx 1950, a Lieutenant Colonel in front. Photography by Donald Osborne of Head Street, Colchester.


Card by Cullingford. Sent to Mrs Ratcliff of Lyminster by Ronald, no date but franked ha'penny George V stamp. Note No 440 Sobraon Barracks and 'mine is the one under the arrow and Bernard the other'. SCA - Soldiers' Christian Association? There are two arrows on the original but unclear on the scan.


unused. SCA tent Meannee Barracks.


unposted. 11th or 17th Training Reserve Colchester Nov 1918. Several different regimental badges on view.


Card by Whitfield Cosser and Co of Colchester. Pencil notes on back - Colchester Barracks 1910, Sufolks? Unposted. A boxing match demonstration.


Royal Studio of Colchester. Unposted but written message on back reads, 'To Mrs Hook Child, Wishing you good luck, G W Darlow CSM, Aug 11th 1916'.


2nd West Yorks Regt, Church Parade. Card by E Dennison Binns of 44 Mersea Road. Unposted. 76.

This is on Berechurch Road, with the gymnasium to the left, out of view, Meyrick Crescent in the distance.


unposted but a pencil message reads 'no doubt you remember Abbey Fields we passed this spot on our way, trench digging on Friday Oct 12, 17. The artillery barracks are in the background'. Card by M & R C.


2nd Battalion (59th) Northamptonshire Regt, 1907, woith Sobraon Barracks in the background. Sent to Mrs W Simpson c/o Mrs Wilkinson of Peterborough by her husband on 3rd July 1908.


Sent to Mrs Frost of St Austell by Chick on 12th April 1920, this postcard shows a view that is totally different today. The garrison gymnasium is on the far left with its lantern and chimneys that were removed sometime around 1940. The building was burned to the ground in the 2010s and brought back to life with the help of insurance monies. The swimming pool was yet to be built. Abbey Fields are directly ahead.


With the Officers Mess on the right (later to be the Sergeants Mess and later converted for housing by Taylor Wimpey in 2015), the three stable blocks to the left have since been demolished and housing built all over this parade ground, together with what ius known as Butt Road Car Park. Unposted but c 1920. Card by Moore and Roberts.


Meeanee Barracks. Card by E J Mercer of Military Road. Sent to Miss Maggie Napier of SS Glasgow by Angus on 6th January 1910.


Bradley and Blowers, 11 Mersea Road, unused photographic postcard showing a funeral cortege coming up Mersea Road.


Mersea Road troop movement, W T Frost shop, card unused.


Sobraon Barracks. Unused. Published by Charles Clark Stationer of Headgate, Colchester.


Unknown location but by Royal Studio of Colchester. Going in to dinner June 191[7]? Unposted.


Military Hospital. Sent to Mr Albert R Pike of Harrow on 3rd March 1916 by May. 1555.


An interesting group at the Soldiers Home in Queen Street with rifles, bayonets and swords gathered in front.


Air Raid on Colchester Feb 21st 1915. An unused card produced by the 'Daily News' who offered to insure your home against aerial attack up to £250.

Understood to have been a property in Butt Road.






An image donated to us by local collector Simon Gallup. It shows 4 views of the after effects of an air raid on Colchester in 1915. In Butt Road?



With no known Colchester connection but an example of a bit of military humour.

A468-155 through to A471-155

Artist G E Shepheard series entitled 'Me and the mule'. Unposted by dated from around 1910.

Cards published by Raphael Tuck and Sons.


Unused card by Chas Clark of Headgate, Colchester


unused card (4) of Essex I Y Camp in 1903


unused card (7) of Essex I Y Camp in 1903


The Military Hospital. Stamp removed no date. Sent to Miss K Kibbans of Boxford by Abbott, mention of Fred.


Military funeral cortege. South House on pillars. c1913.

South House, Lexden Road in 2016.



not a postcard. A small photograph by Winterbon Bros. of Colchester.


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Colchester Town Hall

Dainty Series

postmarked Sep 1905, Lizzie to Miss M Whymark, Ipswich


Colchester Town Hall

postally unused



postally unused


Inside the Moot Hall

postmarked Aug 1906, Miss M Forward, Cardiff

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The Oyster Feast, Moore and Roberts

postally unused, date unknown

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Posted December 1905, to Miss Cottle? in Rivenhall End, from Eliza

7 - 165

Posted June 1903 to Mrs C Stedman of Clacton on Sea

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Starting the Trams, Colchester, July 28th 1904

Photo by Gill, postally unused

'The Colchester Tramway opened in the year 1904, with a fleet of 16 trams, to provide modern transport through a town which dated back to Roman times.

The trams, supplied by Dick Kerr & Company, had bodies made by the British Electric Wagon & Carriage Co. Ltd at Preston, mounted on Brill 21E trucks. These had two 35hp motors. In 1906 two further trams were added to the fleet, identical to the others except that they had direct instead of reverse staircases.

For the inaugural run on 28th. July 1904 the Lady Mayoress, Mrs E.H. Barritt drove tram no.13 to Lexden. The fleet was decommissioned in 1928, and the trams sold to Mr Moss, a builder, for use as site huts.

In Colchester, the trams operated out of a depot in Magdalen Street in the centre of town, where they were also cleaned and maintained.

Trams were quiet, economical on fuel, and pollution free. The only disadvantage was the overhead wires and the rails - the latter could produce a problem like that so vividly depicted in the film Genevieve, when the veteran car's wheels stuck in the tram rails and it was guided the wrong way like a railway wagon! The trams were a significant feature of the town scene, both before and after the First World War, until they were replaced with motor buses.'

Quote from eBay

9 - 338

unused 1950's card. M and L National Series

10 - 280

9830, posted 1908 to Miss L E Cadman of The Glebe House, Lexden

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sent August 1904 to Mrs Win? Causer? of Southend by her daughter Flora.

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Colchester Oyster Feast 1905 with Frank Cant advertisement. Sent Aug 1905 to Mrs E Paul of Mortimer, Reading. This the Corn Exchange, not the Town Hall.


W7150 The Wyndham Series. Unused. Croyden Brothers Grocers


M & R C unposted


c28426 unposted


Tuck Oilette. Unused card


6. Unused.

More pictures will be added in due course, together with comments. Can any of you identify any particular vehicle, tram, individual, etc?


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