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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Secret Colchester

Patrick Denney

It is so easy to overlook the interesting things we walk past every day, For instance, the pillar box just outside our shop is really a rather special large capacity, double aperture George V model!  One of a good many rare pillar boxes amongst the 107 located around Colchester. During the last war London’s first … Continue reading Secret Colchester

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Jumbo: The Water Tower

Brian Light

The Grade II* listed Jumbo is the largest remaining Victorian water tower in Britain, and an increasingly rare example of one in an original condition. The tower was nicknamed “Jumbo” after the London Zoo elephant as a term of derision in 1882 by Reverend John Irvine who was annoyed that the tower dwarfed his nearby … Continue reading Jumbo: The Water Tower

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Colchester Tramways

Peter Jones

In Colchester transport policy is always controversial and decisions can take years.  A hundred years ago things were different. In February 1903 the council voted to proceed with proposals for a tramway and just eighteen months later, in July 1904, the first tram set off from the town hall. Driven by the mayoress Mrs Gertrude … Continue reading Colchester Tramways

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Colchester at Work

Patrick Denney

Whether you call it Britain’s oldest recorded town or its first city, there is no doubt that Colchester has a long and fascinating history and has enjoyed national and international prominence in many fields. Most well-known is probably its importance for the wool trade which dates right back to the thirteenth century when surnames like … Continue reading Colchester at Work