Local Books

Books about Colchester and the surrounding area are particularly important for us here at Red Lion Books. We aim to hold in stock all books currently available on our locality and its history. Some key titles are highlighted below and new books will be added as they are released.

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Prostitution in Victorian Colchester

Jane Pearson and Maria Raynner

In the mid nineteenth century the army camp was built just outside Colchester and soon it was the largest garrison in the country. The town benefitted from an economic boom but with It came problems. There was drunkenness, brawling and, with only 7% of soldiers allowed to marry, prostitution rocketed.  Colchester’s existing red-light district could … Continue reading Prostitution in Victorian Colchester

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Colchester: A History

Andrew Phillips

This is a new, much revised edition of leading historian, Andrew Phillips’ major work on Colchester. Colchester boasts 2,000 years of history. Few towns in Britain can equal that. Yet this new book, by a local author, is the first full and concise history of Colchester to be published for over half a century, during … Continue reading Colchester: A History

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On This ColU Day

Graeson Laitt

Written by historian, statistician and long time ColU fan, Graeson Laitt, this book recalls some of the greatest moment in the club’s history, along with those days we’d all rather just forget. From the FA Cup victories over Leeds United and promotion at Yeovil Town to embarrassment at Bedlington and relegation out of the Football … Continue reading On This ColU Day

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Battlefield Essex

Andrew Summers and John Debenham

Through history Essex has been the scene of many battles and this book documents the many different kinds of conflicts that have taken place in our county. There was, of course, Boudicca’s legendary revolt against the might of Rome. After the sacking and burning of Colchester she headed off down the A12 (or its equivalent) … Continue reading Battlefield Essex

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Colchester in the Great War

Andrew Phillips

At the outbreak of war in 1914 Colchester was the Eastern Region Army HQ and thousands of new recruits reported to the Garrison for training. While exercising on Abbey Fields the guns of the Western Front could often be heard. This expert account of the war years covers the role of Colchester as provider of … Continue reading Colchester in the Great War