Places to visit in Essex

St. Botolph's Priory

Photo of Colchester, St Boltoph's Priory 1891, ref. 28214
Reproduced courtesy of Francis Frith.

Impressive remains of the first Augustinian priory church in England stands on the site of a Saxon Church. The Priory was granted a charter by William Rufus, son of William the Conqueror, in C.1100. The remains consist of the west front and nave.

The property is maintained by English Heritage. See above link for information on opening times.

Colchester, The Priory c1960.  (Neg. C136035)   Copyright The Francis Frith Collection 2007.
Colchester, The Priory c1960
Reproduced courtesy of The Francis Frith Collection.

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Essex Standard Newspaper

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Ebay is a good source of old images of Essex towns and villages. If you're looking for pictures to add to your family tree album, then try one of the auctions, or there are several 'Buy It Now' shops offering postcards which have been touched up and improved - so if you're unsure about bidding, try these. Link already formatted for Essex Postcards. Browse through or type the name of the location in the Ebay search box.