Category archives for: History

Margaret Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle

Today (15th December) is the anniversary of the death of the remarkable Margaret Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle, in 1673. She was born Margaret Lucas in about 1623, at the Lucas house (the former St John’s abbey) in Colchester. Her father Sir Thomas Lucas owned St John’s abbey and it was the family home; at that […]

Daniel Defoe: the Colchester connection

                    Tubswick in Mile End, to the north of Colchester town centre, was a Grade II listed house dating to c 1752. It had replaced an earlier structure which may have dated to the early medieval period. It was situated on a 0.35┬áhectare plot of land […]

HG Wells and the Colchester connection

  The History of Mr Polly is an account of a disillusioned and bored shopkeeper in the clothing business whose little shop was located in the busy High Street of a fictitious town called Fishbourne. Ever threatened with bankruptcy, Polly was fed up with his work, his life, his wife, his neighbours, and his prospects. […]

Survivor of the 1884 earthquake

The most destructive earthquake known in Britain happened at 9.18 am, on April 22nd 1884. In Colchester, it was just an ordinary bright sunlit morning. Then, in a matter of a few seconds, the townsfolk were terrorised and Colchester was brought to a standstill in a great cloud of dust. All around the district, there […]

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