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My name is Roy, I live at Otley in West Yorkshire and I am retired. I am not the best photographer and most of my pics depict the unusual.

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There are several pubs with this name. This one, situated at Balkerne Gate in Colchester, Essex, was actually built alongside the Roman wall which once surrounded the town. This is the oldest part of the wall where once stood a triumphal arch which was raised in honour of Roman Emperor Claudius in AD 43 when Colchester was known as Camulodunum and the capital of Roman Britain. The scant remains of the gate are the earliest and most complete Roman gateway in the country This pub was originally called The King’s Head, but in 1843, when the railway came to Colchester, the landlord of this ancient pub saw the opportunity to increase business by removing part of the wall to open up a view from the new railway. Quite amazingly he removed not only part of the wall but part of the old gateway. Thus the pub became known as The Hole in the Wall, a name which was officially adopted in the 1960’s.

There are several pubs with this name. This one, situated at Balkerne Gate in Colchester, Essex, was actually built alongside the Roman wall which once surrounded the town. This is the oldest part of the wall where once stood a triumphal arch which was raised in honour of Roman Emperor Claudius in AD 43 when Colchester was known as Camulodunum and the capital of Roman Britain. The scant remains of the gate are the earliest and most complete Roman gateway in the country This pub was originally called The King’s Head, but in 1843, when the railway came to Colchester, the landlord of this ancient pub saw the opportunity to increase business by removing part of the wall to open up a view from the new railway. Quite amazingly he removed not only part of the wall but part of the old gateway. Thus the pub became known as The Hole in the Wall, a name which was officially adopted in the 1960’s.

Jumbo is a massive Victorian water tower which dominates the centre of Colchester in Essex. At 141 feet high and built in 1882, it was made of one and a quarter million bricks, 369 tons of stone and 142 tons of iron to support a 230,000 gallon tank. 157 steps inside the central pier lead to a cupola 116 feet above the ground. It was named after Jumbo, a six and half ton African elephant which was a popular feature of London Zoo at that time. In fact, in 1882 Jumbo the elephant was purchased by American Phineas Taylor Barnum for his circus and the removal of the elephant caused a great outcry to no avail and Jumbo was duly shipped to America to become a star attraction there. The Grade 11 listed water tower was decommissioned in 1987 and still stands proudly near the Balkerne Gate displaying its fine elephant weather vane. Despite changing hands on several occasions, proposed redevelopment of the tower has so far failed

Jumbo is a massive Victorian water tower which dominates the centre of Colchester in Essex. At 141 feet high and built in 1882, it was made of one and a quarter million bricks, 369 tons of stone and 142 tons of iron to support a 230,000 gallon tank. 157 steps inside the central pier lead to a cupola 116 feet above the ground. It was named after Jumbo, a six and half ton African elephant which was a popular feature of London Zoo at that time. In fact, in 1882 Jumbo the elephant was purchased by American Phineas Taylor Barnum for his circus and the removal of the elephant caused a great outcry to no avail and Jumbo was duly shipped to America to become a star attraction there. The Grade 11 listed water tower was decommissioned in 1987 and still stands proudly near the Balkerne Gate displaying its fine elephant weather vane. Despite changing hands on several occasions, proposed redevelopment of the tower has so far failed

Modern technology! Who needs a phone box these days?

A lovely location !

Hi fedster, I haven't actually been there since I took the photo but as it is a conservation area I am confident that it is. In fact I saw something about it on TV recently. Roy

Many thanks for putting the record straight Neil. Roy.

In honour of Craig MacLean, 2012 Paralympic Games, Cycling Track - Men's B Sprint.

At approx. 637m just above Cairngorm base camp it is claimed to be the highest box in the UK. Telephone still in working order.

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