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Colchester Castle

Colchester, as you may know, is Britain's oldest recorded town (Camulodunum to the Romans and Cunobelin to the Celts).
After the Roman occupation (AD 43), it became the capital, but only until the Queen of the Iceni Tribe (Boadicea) rebelled against the forces of the Roman empire. In AD 61, she destroyed the town and soon after that, London became the capital of Britannia.

In regards to Colchester Castle which has recently been through some heavy refurbishment, it opened again to the public in the spring (yay) and as the boy and I woke up to sunshine, we decided to head down to the Norman keep (it opened about 1100).

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I first visited the castle as a young child and loved it then, but i think you appreciate History more as an adult because you understand it.

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There were a lot of school children hanging around but we still had a great time. You could dress up, try on helmets (my particular favourite was the Norman one ;)) and watch interactive videos of what the castle looked like in 1120, through to the dilapidated state in 1800.

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What interested me most about the castle, was that the Witchfinder General; Matthew Hopkins, used the castle as a gaol in the 17th century.
I will have to write a book about him one day after I am finished with the 14th century......

Dress - vintage (£4.99)
Necklace - topshop (£7)


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