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CCHS at Grey Friars 1920s – tracing family history

Chris is tracing family history, especially his mother and aunt, Winifred and Olive Payne. If you have…

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Greetings from our Trustees and volunteers!

… and best wishes for the New Year. In 2017 we’re starting a new project to inform,…

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GREY FRIARS CLASS LIVES ON!

Many Grey Friars adult college classes over the years have become notable and long-lasting clubs and societies….

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Gift ideas!

IDEAL GIFTS? Our books are perfect for that little gift for friends or family at Christmas.  All…

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High School Girls Return

… for Ethel Munson’s 90th birthday. The event was recorded in an article in the CCHS Alumnae…

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New direction for our charity

Our community learning project is hosted by a local adult education charity (see “About Us” in top…

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LEST WE FORGET …In Memory of EDWARD GERALD PALMER FENN

Born 2nd Sept 1894, Grey Friars Colchester. Second Lieutenant 6th Bn., Royal Welsh Fusiliers, attached to the…

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What did mediaeval Grey Friars look like? NEW RESOURCE PUBLISHED

This is one of the great mysteries of Colchester’s past. There is no doubt that the Grey…

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Siege of Colchester – double Grey Friars connection

In 1648 the town’s citizens were caught up in the conflict between the Royalists and the Parliamentarians….

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New time-line chart published AD70-2016

A new fully-illustrated ‘time line’ chart has been published following the Heritage Weekend tours of the Grey…

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Free walking tours Sunday 11th Sept.

Sunday 11th September 11am and 2pm. Specially for Heritage Weekend 2016 – A guided and illustrated walk:…

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Stunning Georgian Architecture Revealed

See over 60 photos of Grey Friars interior features in the new resource posting. Just click on…

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It’s never too late to learn!

This project’s parent local adult education charity has honoured three adult learners for their achievements on recent…

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SAVED FROM THE SKIP (3)

We’re delighted to have possession of another piece of Grey Friars history rescued before being lost for…

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MORE MYSTERY OBJECTS SAVED FROM THE SKIP! (Update)

Two more items saved from the skip in the clear-out of Grey Friars in preparation for Essex…

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MYSTERY PHOTO – any ideas? UPDATE! Additional info.

This photo was discovered during alterations to Grey Friars in the 1990s. UPDATE: Local historian Andrew Phillips…

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Coming soon – a new architectural resource

250 YEARS AGO – FINE CRAFTSMANSHIP : Coming soon – a new architectural resource. The work of…

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CONVENT ERA POSTCARD COLLECTION GROWS

Postcards from the Past • The Convent era • 1904 – 1919   By the time the…

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They all called Grey Friars home

From Roman times (circa AD60 to 400) to the present day this little corner of Colchester has…

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Roman & Castle Roads – dereliction to desirability

At the well-attended AGM of the roads’ Residents Association this week, around 50 residents were treated to…

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