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St. Martins Church (Colchester)

St. Martins is one of the old churches in the breathtakingly ancient Essextown of Colchester.

It stands in West Stockwell Street, in the picturesque area known as the Dutch Quarter.

Parts of the church were built in the 12th century, and the West tower is just slightly later. There is considerable use of Roman brick.

This tower, however, is now in ruins, and forms a very pretty picture surrounded by chestnut trees in the churchyard.

Much of the church is Perpendicular. The chancel has a fine timber arch. The South porch is 17th century, and the octagonal font dates from the 14th century.

In the post war years, St. Martins became a hall for plays and concerts.

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