Colchester books and mapsHere is a list of books for Colchester that you may find useful.
If you plan to travel to Colchester you may be interested in some guide books and travel books that will help you plan your stay in Colchester and to find your way around. Click on any book for more information or to buy.
Colchester books: Maps
OS Explorer Map is the Ordnance Survey's most detailed map and is recommended for anyone enjoying outdoor activities like walking, horse riding and off-road cycling. Providing complete GB coverage the series details essential information such as youth hostels, pubs and visitor information as well as rights of way, permissive paths and bridleways.
Publication: 3 April 2006
This atlas of Colchester, Clacton-on-Sea, Harwich and Sudbury contains 39 pages of coloured street mapping.
The Colchester coverage includes:
Great Horkesley, Manningtree, Elmstead Market, Marks Tey, Copford, Layer-de-la-Haye, Wivenhoe and Alresford.
A large scale town centre map of Colchester is included.
The Clacton-on-Sea coverage includes:
Walton-on-the-Naze, Frinton-on-Sea and Jaywick.
There are separate coverages each of Harwich, Sudbury, Halstead, Tiptree, West Mercia and Brightlingsea.
Postcode districts, one-way streets and safety camera locations with their maximum speed limit are featured on the mapping.
The index section lists streets, selected flats, walkways and places of interest, place, area and station names, hospitals and hospices covered by this atlas.
Publication: 24 Jun 2010
One of a series of pocket sized, folded maps to the National Cycle Network which include clearly mapped on-road and traffic-free paths, easy to read contours and detailed town insets. This series is presented in 1:110,000 scale; folded 155mm X 99mm; and flat 792mm X 630mm.
Publication: 1 April 2013
Colchester books: History & Heritage
Colchester boasts 2,000 years of history. Few towns in Britain can equal that. Yet this new book, by a local author, is the first full and concise history of Colchester to be published in nearly half a century, during which time our knowledge of the town's past has grown immeasurably. The Iron-Age capital of King Cunobelin (Shakespeare's Cymbeline), Colchester was the target of the Roman invasion in AD 43. Where the Emperor Claudius received its submission, the Romans built a legionary fortress, the framework of which still forms the centre of Colchester. As capital of Roman Britain, Colchester was over-run and burnt by the warrior-queen Boudica (aka Boadicea), then rebuilt and ringed by its famous walls. After Rome fell and the Saxon incursions began, the Saxon King Edward the Elder made it the leading town in Essex. The Normans raised its profile higher, when an Abbey, a Priory and a great castle gave it the strategic defence of Eastern England. It was besieged only once, when King John was in conflict with his barons over Magna Carta. For 400 years Colchester's cloth industry placed it among the top fifteen towns in the kingdom. It saw Protestants burnt at the stake, withstood a Civil War siege, was ravaged by Plague and stood in the front line against invasion, first by Napoleon, then by Hitler. An important engineering town since Victorian times, it is today a regional shopping centre, a major garrison town and a popular tourist attraction. This authoritative, readable and well illustrated new work, from a professional historian, will doubtless become the standard work on this ancient town for at least the next half century.
Publication: October 1, 2004
Once regarded as the capital of Roman Britain, the town of Colchester has witnessed many events and seen many changes during its long history. This book describes the town's history from early Celtic origins and Roman settlement, through civil war and plague, Victorian enterprise and social reform, to the growth of industry and modern Colchester during the twentieth century. Despite the tremendous amount of new building work undertaken in the town, there remains an interesting mix of old and new. The book includes a walking tour of the town that starts and finishes at the War Memorial and guides the reader to places of historical interest in and around the town centre. It can be referred to independently of the main text of the book and enables both resident and visitor alike to embark on a journey into Colchester's past through its existing streets and buildings.
Publication: March 2004
Foul Deeds & Suspicious Deaths in Colchester - True Crime BooksColchester historian Patrick Denney takes the reader on a sinister journey from the religious persecutions of Queen Mary's time to the twentieth century, meeting villains, cut-throats, arsonists and lunatics along the way. The book is based on original research and recalls many grisly events and sad or unsavoury individuals whose fate has hitherto been forgotten. This fascinating chronicle will prove to be a valuable - if gruesome - addition to the historical record of the town. It will be of great interest to the casual reader and committed historian alike.
Publication: 1 Sep 2005
Colchester books: General Interest
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