Colchester at Work

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 dyer, weaver and fuller became common.

In the eighteenth-century Colchester was one of the most important provincial clockmaking centres in the country with over a hundred watch and clockmakers working in the town. More recently in the mid 1860’s James Paxman set up an engineering works manufacturing steam engines and boilers which were delivered all over the world.

 From the manufacture of pottery in the Iron Age and Roman periods to the closure of the Hythe as a port in 2001, here is a book that explores Colchester’s history through the occupations and industries that people have worked in through the years.

Amberley Publishing, paperback £14.99

Home and Abroad: paintings by David Britton

Paintings by David Britton
New art exhibition opens March 2nd in our downstairs gallery area.

The artist will be in the shop to meet and talk with our customers

Saturday March 2nd 2-4 pm


David Britton went to Colchester Grammar School and then studied history at New College, Oxford. After a number of years in teaching, trying to fit painting and poetry round the edges, he left teaching to concentrate on art. After some time spent in the, to him, rather alien environment of Sheffield, he is back in his beloved native landscape of north-east Essex, living on Mersea Island and once again creating vast, haunting canvases which capture the big skies and the special play of light on land and water in Essex/Suffolk border country. Since his first one man exhibition at Project B Gallery, Colchester in 1975 David has exhibited widely establishing a reputation as one of our leading local artists.