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    There has been a Military presence in Colchester since the Romans first settled in Britain (around AD43). The current Garrison is home to the Parachute Regiment, and the buildings date back to the Napoleonic Wars, with many buildings being built later on, including during WW1 & WW2.
    The Garrison is spread out over a HUGE area of many acres, and includes Firing Ranges, Garrison Church, Gymnasium, and a Military Correctional Centre, known as the "Glasshouse".
    Since 2002, the Garrison has been undergoing a major re-development, with many of the former barracks either being demolished to make way for new housing, or kept and re-furbished (that's better!):), with the troops being re-located further south of the Town.
    For a more detailed history of Colchester Garrison, and for the latest news on current developments please click on the below links..............

    http://www.answers.com/topic/colchester-garrison

    http://www.mod.uk/DefenceInternet/De...ewGarrison.htm

    http://www.colchester.gov.uk/Info_pa...066&sec_id=997



    The first lot of pictures from the first former Barracks visited to follow shortly.................

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    Sergeant's Mess

    Located east of Butt Road, and west of Abbey Fields.









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    Le Cateau Barracks

    Located next to the Sergeant's Mess, just to the south.









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    Cheers Lb, it looks like a good explore. very nice pics. How long has it been closed? I do like this, love old military places.

    Thanks again.

    Cheers,

    :) sal

    Doh, sorry, didn't read the links. :o

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    Cavalry Barracks

    Located next to Le Cateau Barracks, just to the south. For horses. The only Roman Circus in Britain was discovered under the Paddocks nearby (in 2006).
    http://www.camulos.com/circus/circus3.htm













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    Quote Originally Posted by smileysal;13844;
    Cheers Lb, it looks like a good explore. very nice pics. How long has it been closed? I do like this, love old military places.

    Thanks again.

    Cheers,

    :) sal
    Hi Sal,

    Think that the Sergeant's Mess & Le Cateau Barracks have been close for about 5 years, perhaps even longer. But the windows were only boarded up about a year ago (which is like a big flashing sign saying "building empty no-one's here!!) Wouldn't venture inside though, as I think it's still owned by the MOD ;)
    Thanks for your interest and comments Sal :)

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    Just been reading the links you posted. Especially regarding the Roman Chariot Circus development. grrrrrrrr!!!!!!!! you'd think they'd make some sort of tourist attraction with it on display intead of covering it up with a road :icon_evil Then again, that's councils for you. God only knows what the planners and developers are thinking with those proposals.

    Thanks again for the pics Lb, they're great.

    Cheers,

    :) Sal

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    Wow, what a load of good info you've got there, Lb. Colchester certainly has an amazing amount of history. In fact, seeing the word camulos in the Roman Circus link reminded me that it was the Roman town of Camulodunum where Boudicca and her allies annihilated the populace (Yehhhh! :D Actually, I'm not sure why I cheered there as I'm rather fond of the Ancient Romans. ).

    Excellent pics and links. The new garrison is rather nifty. The old victorian garrison buildings are lovely (great windows) and I hope they convert most of them as it would be a shame and a waste of opportunity to let them all go (like they're intending to do with the circus). What is it with these councillors; do they have to pass a test to ensure their IQ's are sufficiently low enough?

    Really enjoyed that.
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    Great stuff LB very nice buildings for the army there I bet they weren’t built in the 1900’s “no frills, scout camp style layout” they have now. I wonder what will come of the site.

    Quote Originally Posted by Lightbuoy;13846;
    Wouldn't venture inside though, as I think it's still owned by the MOD
    I've be wondering around MOD locations for years and have never run in to any more trouble than any where else, I think any one who goes on to an active MOD site is really risking getting in serious trouble, I think its because of the guns and that. But as long as it’s not in use I’ve never got in to any real problems.
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    Quote Originally Posted by smileysal;13847;
    Just been reading the links you posted. Especially regarding the Roman Chariot Circus development. grrrrrrrr!!!!!!!! you'd think they'd make some sort of tourist attraction with it on display intead of covering it up with a road :icon_evil Then again, that's councils for you. God only knows what the planners and developers are thinking with those proposals.

    Thanks again for the pics Lb, they're great.

    Cheers,

    :) Sal
    Agree wholeheartedly with ya Sal -sometimes "the powers that be" don't realise they've got something special until it's gone!!:(
    Hoping that English Heritage will step in. Will try to keep up-to-speed on the latest developments as and when. Would make an excellent Tourist Attraction -perhaps even should be designated a World Heritage Site (due to the fact that it's the only one to be found in the UK). Thanks for your comments :)

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