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The Colchester Book of Days [Hardcover]

Simon Webb
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1 Jan 2013 Book of Days
Taking you through the year day by day, The Colchester Book of Days contains quirky, eccentric, amusing and important events and facts from different periods in the history of Britain’s oldest recorded town. Ideal for dipping into, this addictive little book will keep you entertained and informed. Featuring hundreds of snippets of information gleaned from the vaults of Colchester’s archives, it will delight residents and visitors alike.

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  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: The History Press (1 Jan 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752482866
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752482866
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 13 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,578,893 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Simon Webb regularly writes for various newspapers and magazines including the "Daily Telegraph" and the "Times Educational Supplement." He is also the author of a number of books ranging from archaeology to local history.

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2.0 out of 5 stars Constable Country 26 Jan 2013
I get the feeling Mr Webb wrote this book from a computer. Many of the entries are newspaper entries from the end of 2011 and the beginning of 2012. In effect, I can't find anything for this day so what's happened recently. Other entries were interesting, but they cropped up again and again. For example someone was executed on such a day, but sent to trial on another. So it doubled up. Then there's the fact that the proof reader clearly didn't know the area and Boxted cropped up again and again as Boxten. But by far the worst mistake was 19th December. Apparently Joseph Mallord William Turner died on that date in 1851. Which according to Wikipedia is true. However according to Mr Webb, Turner painted the Haywain and views of the Suffolk Essex border. How on earth can someone get that so wrong? I'm no art historian but even before I moved to the Colchester area I knew it was called Constable Country as it was John Constable who painted the local area (and the Haywain)but Mr Webb has decided otherwise. I'll have to tell the National Gallery as when I was there last week they were still saying 'The Haywain' was painted by John Constable. To be fair, it invalidated the whole book for me. If someone can get something that much in the public view so wrong, he clearly didn't really worry about the rest of the book. I wish I'd kept my money in my pocket.
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