North Gate unveiling – 21 March 2015

North Gate drinking fountain (Picture: Following Hadrian, Flickr)

Please join us for the unveiling of the fourth interpretation board on Saturday 21 March 2015 at 10am.

The board will be unveiled by our local MP Sir Bob Russell and family in the presence of the Mayor,¬†Cllr John Elliott, and the Borough Council’s Heritage Portfolio Holder, Cllr Tim Young. (It will be a truly multi-party occasion.)

The interpretation board has been generously co-funded by Sir Bob himself in conjunction with the Friends and the Museums Service.

Northgate is where the Friends won their first battle to improve the setting of the wall, with the removal of a set of large advertising hoardings. We hope that the installation of the interpretation board will encourage greater interest in the heritage of this part of Colchester.

North Gate was one of the main entrances to the Roman city. Its upper levels and central gateway were removed in 1774 and most of the rest of the remains cleared in 1823. There is very little now to show the magnificent structure that was once in place. The interpretation board will be a reminder of what was once there. Please come and admire!