"Colchester: Britain's Oldest Recorded Town" Colchester by Tom_Fields

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Colchester: Capital of Roman Britain

Colchester goes all the way back to very ancient times. It played a key role in Britain's early history. It was founded by Cymbeline, a Celtic chief. In 43 CE, when the Romans conquered the island, it became their capital.

In 60 CE, Queen Boudicca of the Iceni tribe led a revolt against Roman rule. The rebels trapped a large number of Romans and their allies in the temple at Colchester and burned them all. Then, in 61 CE, a Roman legion came across the channel and defeated Boudicca. She fell on her sword rather than be captured alive by the Romans.

After the Norman conquest, the Normans built a castle on the foundations of the old temple, by then only a ruin. The castle remains there to this day, and is the town's main tourist attraction.

Colchester remains a prosperous town with good shopping and lively entertainment. It's a good place for a weekend trip or a day visit from London.

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  • Pros:Plenty of history
  • In a nutshell:Should be on your list of places to see in Britain
  • Last visit to Colchester: Mar 1999
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • Jan 7, 2008 at 1:45 PM

    Do you really think that Colchester is a must see place in England??? I used to live there and wonder why so many tourists came here! hehe

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    Dec 7, 2005 at 11:05 AM

    Glad you liked Colchester, come again some day.


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