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

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PAGE 1.

THE HIGH STREET
THE CASTLE
THE GARRISON
THE TOWN HALL
   

PAGE 2.

ALL SAINTS
BALKERNE
CROUCH STREET
EAST HILL
ELD LANE
GREYFRIARS
HARWICH ROAD
HEADGATE
HOLY TRINITY
HOSPITAL
HYTHE
IPSWICH ROAD
LEXDEN
LION WALK
MIDDLEBORO
MIDDLE MILL
NORTH BRIDGE
NORTH HILL

 PAGE 3.

NORTH STATION RD
NORTH VIEW
SCHEREGATE
SHRUB END
SIEGE HOUSE
ST BOTOLPHS
ST GILES
ST JOHNS
ST LEONARDS
ST MARTINS
ST MARY AT THE WALL
ST MARY MAGDALEN
STOCKWELL
ST RUNWALD
WIMPOLE ROAD
GENERAL

including Remebrance Avenue, Swimming activities,

DAVID MAY TRIBUTE

PAGE

BREWERIES
CARNIVAL
CEMETERY
GREYFRIARS
GRYMES DYKE
INDUSTRY
MAYORAL
PAGEANT
PEOPLE
PUBS
SCHOOLS
SHOPS & PREMISES
STREETS
THEATRES
TRAMS and TRANSPORT and RAILWAYS
TYMPERLEYS
LOCALITY

 OTHER PAGES

(not all are postcards).

PRE 1900 PICTURES
COLCHESTER CHURCHES
MISCELLANEOUS
RAILWAY
 

 

NORTH STATION ROAD

1

The Albert roundabout looking south with the old Albert pub in the middle ground

9158 RAP Co Ltd

postally unused

2 - 1153

M & RC, postally unused, looking south.

 

also,

 

D013

Colour version of above.M and R C. 13 14714. Unused.

northstndg1

A flood at North Station dated 28th April 1919 with the name Miss G Sealey. Unused.

A277-1256 sold

Looking north. Trams 18 (North Station) and 10 (Recreation Ground). Flock of sheep in background. J Bridge Saddler on right. Chisnall on right next to the bridge. No 13 publisher mark. Posted in Swaffham September 1914 to Miss Ivy Reeve? of Maldon by Hilda.

D004

Premises of C Tweed. Baker and Confectioner. Unused.

D022

2163 Unused

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A346-469

No 163. Sent 3rd Dec 1907 to Mrs Wilton of 52 Roman Road.

D001

Nearby to North Station is the house in this picture. It is of 28 Belle Vue Road. Sent 17th November 1909 to Mr R J Hansford of Ilford by CHM.

 

D005

The Railway Mission Hall. Unused. Inscription on the building reads '1896 Railway Mission'. With the modern day (2013) view.

 

A411-1050

No 11. Sent 30th July 1909 to Mrs Knopp? of 91 East Hill, Colchester

NORTH VIEW

1

From the Castle Park looking north.

Middle Mill has since disappeared and the view today would not be possible due to the trees that now exist to make the Castle Park the jewel in our crown.

postally unused

2 - 225

The Headgate Series, Castle Park, Colchester, 50716

posted Jan 1905, Miss Leggett, St Pauls Rd, Colchester from Kit

3 - 552

Dated July 1908, To Miss Fannie Neal of Langley Mill, from Aunty

4 -

Dated 1905, To Miss Spencer, Manningtree

SCHEREGATE

1 - 375

Posted July 1910 to Mrs Diggins of Shotley, Valentines

2 -

Posted July 1925 to Mrs Knaster of Harrow on the Hill, published by Poyser

3 - 1676

Scheregate House, now a hotel. Unused.

A115-393

Scheregate Steps, looking south. S.0860 Kingsway Real Photo Series. Unused. Grand Opera Company advertised on the billboard. The bollard is embossed with what looks like Catchpool and Co.

A310-1000

Posted 20 Sep 1906 to Mr J C Millgate of Newport, Isle of Wight, by Gracie. Card by John Wal;ker and Co of London. On the left the shop of G Hearsum, fishmonger.

A342-169

A photograph, not a postcard, but marked as being a proof for Judges. A Gaskin Shoe Repairs. 1950s?

A394-500

1004a Pelham's Series. Sent in 1915 to Master A Platt of Blackpool by his father.

SHRUB END

A152-693

141285? The blacksmith's shop with farrier working on horse shoe. This is a David May card and he has written in pencil that this on Gosbecks Road at its junction with Shrub End Road, opposite the Leather Bottle. The card is unused but has been hole punched.

A286-1133

Unused card published by Bell's Photo. 141277

A291-1957

Unused card published by Bell's Photo. 141272

A294-706

The duck pond on Gosbecks Road. Unused card published by Bell's Photo. 141293

SIEGE HOUSE

1 - 420

A971/713

postally unused

2 -

Postally unused, R A Series.

3 -

Postally unused. W and K No 9

4 - 192

Unused, Valentines Series, 220486, c1930

5 - 174

S.8057 Kingsway Real Photo Series, posted 13th October 1933 to Miss Ward, 26 Bond Street, Norwich.

 

also,

 

A299-220

Same card but extra detail.

S 8057 Kingsway Real Photo Series. Sent to Mr Joe Brownsord of Framlin Suffolk, 3rd Sep 1914

A227-60

21444. Posted to Miss J Bates of Harrow in July 1942 by Brown Owl.

A232-209

Unused card by Derwent 3.19374

A249-460

Sent 29th JUly 19? George V 1d stamp to Martin Wilkinson of Wisbech by his father. Mention of Clifford and Aunt Ann.

A360-400

The Bell Series. Posted 6th January 1909 to Miss Darby of Stroud by K Davies.

A392-475

unused c 28434

A492-750

K 814 by Valentines. Posted 5th July 1956 to Mrs Elaine Roland of Maidenhead by Gladys of 20 Eastern Promenade, Point Clear Bay. 2d stamp.

A546-420

63387 J Valentine Series. Note on back has November 14th 1912, also Chritobelle Tralau, Alice and Jassie?

ST BOTOLPHS

1

St Botolphs Priory

Chas Clark

message on back from Stanley to his father and dated 1916

2 - 717

St Botolphs Street looking north

M and R Series

postally unused

3 - 633

Short Wyre Street looking east towards St Botolph's Street

s6743, George v stamp, 1924?, Miss E J (Lizzie) Brazier, Cambridge

4 - 552

Postally Unused

5 - sold

8184, Postally Unused but believed to be approx. 1912

6 - 549

Posted June 1914 to Mr and Mrs Micklethwaite of Rochdale, from 32 Gladstone Road, No 2152

7 - 290

Posted 1912? (George V) stamp, to Miss E Smith of Whitchurch

8 - 250

The Third Bastion in Priory Street

Postally unused

A nostalgic view of the bastion built onto the Roman wall, now sadly decaying.

8 - 856

Postally unused but pencil comment 'Vaudeville' picture palace on right and address, Walter F Dowsett, 4 Brookside, Pathfinder Village, Exeter.

The picture is incorrectly annotated as it shows the Norman perimeter wall of St John's Abbey, not Roman! Progress has swept away both abbey and cinema.

9 - 1100

Plough Corner looking east along Magdalen Street, with the Colchester Meat Co shop. M and R C. Postally used but date illegible. Two halfpenny stamps of George V. Sent to Mrs Crowe? of Lowestoft from Ken.

1876 Map. The camera was sited outside the Woolpack Hotel. The whole area was swallowed up in the 1960's by the location of St Botolph's roundabout. What was then the Fountain Inn and is now Molly Malones, is shown in the picture.

10 - 260

Postally used dated 5th Oct 1945 to Mrs G Hill of Waddingham, Gainsbro, LIncs, from GH

11 - 385

S6749, unused

12 - 191

Unused, Valentines Series, 220464, c1930

13 - 6744

St Botolph's Station, M and R Series, postage stamp removed so date unknown. Sent to Miss S Cobbold of Cliff Hotel, Felixstowe by Olive.

14 - 515

Posted 10th August 1910 to Miss Maud Simpson of 52 Cambridge Road, Clacton on Sea, from Mabel at 32 St Botolphs Street. 10 80914

15 - 780

Published by Moore and Roberts, sent 1905 to Mr Sennitt of Streatham by Bump?

16 - 592

380 M Series, unused. Wm Cheshires China, Blomfield and Co. with kettle overhead, on right. The Woolpack on the left.

17 - 1938

J Valentine card ref 44840. Postally unused. With Tram 6 headed for the Hythe, outside Blomfields shop on the right. On the left is the Wool Pack Hotel. Some interesting characters and activities. View looks north from Plough Corner.

18 - kb08

posted May 1906

19 - kb09

unused, modern reproduction, Bygone Picture Palaces Series, shows the Vaudeville Theatre that one stood on Mersea Road.

20 - 245

unused, by S & SC. Stead and Simpson on the right, haircutting and shaving at No 43 on the left. W M Roddy, J Bird, further along on left. The public bar, on the left, at No 39, would have been the Greyhound.

A140-145

15209 unposted

A353-167

Unused card by Poyser and Co. St Botolphs Priory. Nave from archway.

A390-199

2133. Sent 17th Jan 1908 to Miss Alice Downs of Weeley by A M C

A398- 145

11 36371 unused

A399-328

26107 Valentine's Series. Unposted.

A415-174

A single back card posted 20th Jan 1903 to Miss Walfords of Clapton Square.

A441-394

Unused card by Judges 14936

A473-370

Posted in 1904 to Miss V Hubbard by Emily Bloomfield

A475-370

Unposted. Card by Poyser but with handwritten date of 22nd October 1912.

A478-400

W8528. Unposted. The Wyndham Series.

A536-400

Valentine's Card. Unused.

ST GILES

1 - 250

St Giles Church at St Johns.

Postally unused, 1/111, S & S.C.

A326-385

Poyer and Co. Photo by Gill. 922. Unused.

ST JAMES THE GREAT

1 - 450

East Hill and St James Church, W7153, The Wyndham Series, unused

2- 300

St James' Church on East Hill. Unused card, published by Poyser and Co, Colchester. Photo by W Gill.

3 -

St James Church interior, HCRC Photo by Gill, posted 1904 to Miss Stow or Boxford.

ST JOHNS

1

St Johns Abbey gateway

220466 Valentines

postmarked Oct 1949, Mrs G Barnes, Liverpool

2 - 325

Posted 30 Dec 1902 to Miss Isa Glass of Durham. Note the missing sections of the gate, later rebuilt in the Victorian period. This picture dates from around 1890 we think.

3 - 191

Unused, Valentines Series, 220466, c1930

4 - 199

Sent 24 Sep 1905 to Miss Barber of The Old House Wimbledon from 25 Wellesley Road, Colchester, sender unknown.

5 - 129

St John's Street looking west, c1950, Frith CCR7, unused card.

6

Another interesting view of the Abbey gate, with the 3rd pinnacle missing! Unused card by M and L National Series.

7

A view from inside rather than the more usual outside. 51693 Photochrom. Grano Series. Unused.

8

84 H G R C Photo by Gill. Unused.

9

Unused.

10

2. Real photograph. Unused.

A125-329

S8063, 32 card by Derwent, unposrted

also A126-199 S8063, 32 sent August 1930 to Miss J Walker of Felixstowe

A404-157

Sent 27th July 1906 to Miss Jn Noble? of Waterloo House, Ipswich. Postcard 7209 by Raphael Tuck. Oilette.

ST LEONARDS

1 - 290

Postally unused

ST MARTINS

1 - 660

Posted 1903 to Miss Diaper of Winchmore Hill, Middx., from Daisy

2 - 200

The porch

unused, the Cambria series, W A Call, Monmouth

ST MARY AT THE WALLS

1 - 420

A971/713

postally unused

2 - 520

Balkerne Lane with St Mary at the Walls Church, before the houses were demolished in the 1960's.

Inset is a watercolour painting from the Camulos collection, of around 1880 and of a similar view, but showing just how narrow Balkerne Lane once was, from a time of the horse and cart.

3 - 695

Postmarked April 1908, to Miss D Bond, Coltishall, from Ida, The Rapid Photo Printing C.Ltd., London No.PS.279-3

4 - 260

Postally unused

5 - 320

postally unused, Memorial Chapel, St Mary's Church

6 - 205

Posted 26th July 1904 to Miss E Winter? of Walsall

7 - 399

real photo 1138, posted 7th October 1908 to Miss J W Reeve of Bury St Edmunds, from Daisy.

8 - 380

Kingsway S 8059, unused

 A327-199

Sent Sep 1908 to Miss R A Sturdy of Helmsley by L B of Wyldenhey? Lexden.

ST MARY MAGDALEN

1 - 249

HGRC by Gill, postally unused

This church demolished in the 1980's and the graves destroyed to enable housing!

COMMENT - email 231205

I was born in Magdalen Street Colchester in 1930 and all of the sites of the photos are familiar to me. The postcard of St Mary Magdalen Church is interesting because it shows the spire, which disappeared before I was born and was never rebuilt.

This was my parish church, and I always was given to understand that the spire was demolished in the great earthquake of 1884 referred to in the Lion Walk Church postcard on your site. Here is proof of the story! [not so as the postcard is probably of the 1920's - jj]

The church had fallen into disuse and was later vandalised long before the demolition to make way for flats.

Best Regards,

Michael Ryder.

 

 

 

 

2 - 275

card by HGRC, photo by Gill, sent to Mrs G Wicks of Hibernia Road, Hounslow, George V postmark, presumably by her son who refers to getting married here.

ST RUNWALD

1 -

St Runwald Church and Middle Row. Postally unused, No 310 by HGRC

STOCKWELL

1 - 1311

West Stockwell Street looking north

S & S C

postally unused

2

West Stockwell Street looking north

Judges 14929

postally unused

3 - 706

Postally unused

4 - 599

The Stockwell Arms - Judges 29316

5 - kb06

Poyser's Series, posted Aug 1907. Kindly lent by local collector Kevin Bond.

 

also,

 

A137-269

West Stockwell Street. The Stockwell Arms far left. Stamp removed and postmark lost, Sent to Miss Joan Calley of Swindon by DCD .

6 - kb07

1156, unused

 

also,

 

A259 - 1151

Sent to Mr A Needham, c/o Mr Moss of East Markham by Alice XX. Stamp and postmark removed.

7 - 425

29116 by Judges. unused

 

A287-2759

Earthquake in Essex 1884, West Stockwell Street.356 HGRC. Photos by Deaon. Unused. The photograph would be much earlier than the postcard so has been chosen as an item of historic importance and interest. We think that the picture shows, on the left, the demolished or collapsed tavern known as the Nelson's Head, with a timber framed building to the north of it. We know that the tavern was sold in 1884, suggesting that it was having some upheaval at the time. The gas lamp on the far left is affixed to the knee of the Stockwell Arms pub (as was) and this lamp can be seen on the following picture.

The map extract is of 1876 and shows the Nelson but not the Stockwell. Why? Because the Stockwell was only a beerhouse and therefore not worthy of recording on the map.

A293-2757

The Stockwell Arms, owned by Daniells Breweries. Poyser's Series. Posted September 1905 to Miss H Hurst of Romsey. The sign of the Nelson's Head is on the far right.

A300-198

Unused card by Photo Precision Limited of St Ives and entitled the Dutch Quarters. Handwritten note giving the date of purchse as 23rd May 1985.

WIMPOLE ROAD and BOURNE POND

1 - 700

unused, H G R C by Gill

2 - 2900

Colchester Tram Terminus at New Town. Unused card by Rapid Photo Printing Co. Ref V310-7. The picture shows the Recreation Hotel, owned by Nichol and Co, landlord T Ivory. With several children and a tram approaching. Approx. date 1910.

BOURNE POND

A130-270

84338 a975/715 card by WHS and Son. Pte Cross...? 66th Div E Lanc Flagstaff Road, Posted 23 Mar 1916 to parents Mr and Mrs Marsden? and sister Phillis of Burnley, by Adam

5 -

Bourne Pond, Colchester, Posted to Demark in 1907, Valentines Series no.57085

8 - 274

Bourne Pond, postally unused. 84444

15 - 525

Bourne Mill. Posted April 1905. Moore and Roberts, Colchester. To Mrs E J Parsons of Wombwell

34 - Bourne Mill 01

The Mill at Bourne Pond. H G R C Photo by Gill. Unused.

A170-130

15214 unused card

A251-164

Bourne Mill. Card by Jackson and Son of Grimsby. 13 42416 Unposted.

GENERAL

2 - 434

The Royal Grammar School in Lexden Road, posted May 1905, HGRC by Gill

3 - 651

Colchester Carnival preparations, postally unused but pencil date June 28, 1934

4 -

Colchester Technical College, posted August 1920 to Mrs Holliday of Bradford from Elsie.

10 -

An north looking aerial view from an aircraft. Postally unused. 1277 by Photocrom Ltd

A317-599

Aerial View of Colchester looking down High Street (1276). Unused card by Photochrom Co Ltd London and Tunbridge Wells and by arrangement with the Aircraft Manufacturing Co Ltd.

also,

A474-700

12 - 1135

Berechurch Hall. Posted 22 Dec 1904 to Mrs Crosbie of Warwick

'Lord Audley entertained Henry VIII at Berechurch in the 1530s and enclosed a park there c. 1540. The manor house was damaged during the Civil War when it was the home of the royalist Sir Henry Audley, but had presumably been repaired by 1662 when it had 20 hearths. That was probably the house depicted standing in a courtyard south-west of the church in 1717. James Smyth rebuilt the house and Sir Robert Smyth (d. 1802) employed Samuel Wyatt to improve it. Most of the Georgian house, which had a parapet front of 11 bays with central pediment and porch, was demolished in 1882. A new house of c. 80 rooms was built on the same foundations in red brick with stone dressings in 'domestic French Gothic' style to the designs of E. C. Lee. The dining room and saloon of the Georgian house were retained. The house, having its own generator in 1882, was one of the earliest to be lit by electricity. A stable block for 30 horses was built west of the house, and new staff houses were built on the estate. After 1921 the house was unoccupied until the War Department requisitioned it during the Second World War. It was demolished in 1952. The park was extended northward in the late 18 th century, enclosing the church and diverting Berechurch Hall Road farther from the house. Sir G. H. Smyth (d. 1852) planted Charlotte's wood and Lethe grove, where he made a bathing pool and grotto for his daughter Charlotte. '

14 - 883

Interior of Christ Church. Postally unused. S and S C. 1/106.

17 - 216

This unused postcard is entitled 'St Alban's Guest House, Colchester'.

 

also,

 

A276-553

St Albans, Oxford Road, single back card posted December 1902 to Miss H Knight of Halstead, by Margaret who slept in the room with a dot on it.

19 - 1128

Pie Shop the collecting dog for the Royal Ancient Order of Buffaloes Orphanage, 589 Grosvenor Hotel, Colchester. 1912 STB.

20 - 629

The Eccentric Sisters Annas of Colchester. Postally unused.

21 - 569

Winsley Square, Old Heath, postally unused, E J Mercer, 81 Military Road, Colchester, real photo.

22 - 780

Maldon Road, 2608, posted 26th November 1906 to Miss May Yuell? of Broadwater, Worthing by a friend.

23 - 389

An aerial view taken from the Town Hall, looking south west and showing the old library and, beyond that, Butt Road. Judging by the cars in the car park the date would be 1956 to 1960. M and L National Series no 54, postally unused.

26 - sold

Paxman

29 - kb18

The Recreation Ground, 2615, unused, by S & SC

30 - kb11

The Red Lion Coffee Room and Kingpost, R A Series, Trust Series No 61, unused.

31 - 907

sent Aug 1908 to Mr L Warnes of Tottenham by ? of 3 Castle Road, Colchester

32 - 279

unused, Published by Aerofilms

33 - 570

The Colchester Co-operative Society's Drapery, Boot, Clothing, Hardware and Confectionery Departments, opened in 1905. Photograph by Gill, sent c1905 (Edward VII stamp) by MW to Miss Ida B Williamson of Langham, Rutland.

36 - Ramparts 01

Ramparts. Presumably somewhere on the Iron Age earthworks that Colchester has. H G R C Photo by Gill. Unused.

 

also

 

A366

posted 3rd December 1906 to Miss Mabel Reeve of Ipswich by Edith.

37 - Sheepen 01

Sheepen Bridge. H G R C Photo by Gill. Sent to D at 77 Beresford Road, Lowestoft by Alice in July 1906.

38 - River Colne 01

River Colne, Colchester. 87 H G R C Photo by Gill. Precise location unknown. Sent to Mrs Lester of Hove by M. No stamp or date.

39 - View 01

By-gone Colchester from painting by Turner. 303 H G R C Photo by Gill. Unused.

A175-1389

Wellesley Road. Colville House Schoolgirls and Kindergarten. Card by Winch Brothers, sent to Miss Winnie Taylor of Tooting, by Ethel in September 1908.

...and a modern day view (2012).

A187-1310

This is a photograph and not a postcard and it shows a three wheeled vehicle of Davey Paxman and Co. transporting one of their engines.

This features a Scammel Mechanical Horse which was produced until 1965. It was also purchased in large numbers by British Railways, as it would turn in its own length, a useful feature for crowded railway stations. (info from John Hunter.)

A192-800

A medieval bastion on our Roman wall. Not a Roman bastion. An unposted card.

D006

An used card marked 864. Pencil note on rear saying this was in George Street, next to Wicks premises, presumably in the yard of the George Hotel. The cart has the name Wicks on it.

A381-429

Greetings from Colchester. A much faded compilation card of the Bell Series. Posted 24th December 1908 to Miss Florence Godfrey of 144 Military Road, Colchester by Eva.

A506-521

Card by Charles Clark, unposted. Pencil note on front, 1st Gordon Highlanders.

A532

Sent to the Misses Mabbett of Southampton by M and J Packer on 16th August 1913.

A539-1304

Colchester Oyster Fishery, State Opening by the Mayor. Photo by Gill. Unused.

 

see also here.

A557-370

Sent to Monsieur Etienne Octobon of High Street, Clapham by Juliette. Edward VII, date unclear.

A565-520

Sent to Mrs Laine? of 21 Shrub End Road, Colchester, in June 1910.

GENERAL - Swimming Baths

11 - 1135

Swimming Baths, posted 26 Jun 1936 to Mrs Roach and Tom of Westerby, from June.

27 - kb10

The Swimming Pool, by Photochrom, 74098, unused

 

also,

 

D029

unused

 

also,

 

D031

unused

A295-1207

Unused card of the swimming pool. The RAP Co Ltd.

 

also

D028

D030

D032

Sent 5th August 1908 to Mrs Beaumont of Maldon by CCR. Top-Hat, Night-Shirt and Umbrella Race. Published by ??? 11 Errington Road, Colchester.

D033

Royal Studio, Colchester, unused.

D034

unused

D035

Unused. Photographic Artist, J E Stutter, 11 Errington Road, Colchester

GENERAL - New By-Pass

D010

The Avenue of Remembrance

13813 Sent to Mrss Blackwell of Kelvedon on 10th August 1930 by Bill.

D011

The RAP Company. Unused. View of the river from the bypass.

D012

74100 Unused card by Photochrom

 

also,

 

D014

74100 the same card but black and white. Unused.

GENERAL - Essex Hall

D007

Essex Hall. Unused.

D008

Unused card by Lofthouse, Crosbie and Co, Hampton, Middx.

D009

Multiview card sent Oct 1909 (stamp defaced) to Miss Daisy Mullins of Ipswich. Sowing, at the swings, main building, at cricket, the gardeners, Peckover Schools and Harvesting. Copyright by W L Hughes.

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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