Essex History Group: Colchester on the Map – What can old town maps tell us? (6 Feb)

Date and time:

Tuesday 6 February, 10.30am-12.00noon

Price: £3

Location: Essex Record Office, Wharf Road, Chelmsford, CM2 6YT

Speaker: Dr Justin Colson, University of Essex


Colchester was one of Britain’s most prosperous and significant towns throughout the medieval period, but although it was illustrated alongside a map of Essex in 1612, it was not accurately surveyed until 1748 – more than 150 years after Chelmsford. Why was this? Maps and plans can be the most valuable evidence for the growth and character of cities, towns, and villages. What insights can we get from comparing historic maps digitally, and can we reconstruct what the town was like before the earliest maps?

The Essex History Group meets at ERO for talks on varied historical subjects. There is no formal membership and all are welcome. Talks start at 10.30am, with refreshments before and after. Our lecture theatre is accessible to people in wheelchairs and has an induction loop.

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