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Colchester Castle
Colchester is a town in Essex, said to be the oldest town in Britain, dating from before the the Roman invasion in AD 43. As Camulodunum it was for a time the capital of Roman Britain, and its castle is built on the foundations of the Roman temple of Claudius.

The University of Essex is located in Wivenhoe Park, near the town.

LGBT History

Colchester CHE Group was founded 1972. A gay disco was started in the Recreation Hotel in 1977 [1] [2].

Colchester Gay Switchboard, founded 1979, is now called Outhouse East.[3]

Colchester Pride was held from 2018-2019.


  1. (accessed 19 January 2022)
  2. Notes from Gregg Blachford (who studied for M.A. at Essex University 1977-1978): Just after I left, those friends (who started the disco) started up the local Gay Switchboard in their front room! notes made in September 2020