St Botolph’s Priory

Actually called the priory of St Julien and St Botolph this is the first Augustinian priory in the UK.

While I was in Colchester I took the opportunity to take a few photographs in the town centre. I can’t believe that I have never taken photos of some of the main sights before!

First up was a quick visit to St Botolph’s Priory. I think the last time I went in here was more than 30 years ago on my way home from school one night. Then it was a bit of risky place to be as it was frequented by undesirables but since then it has been cleaned up, made into a nice park and I thought it was a very pleasant place to be.

Actually called the priory of St Julien and St Botolph this is the first Augustinian priory in the UK. It was built by the Saxons, probably using some Roman bricks from earlier buildings and was founded as a priory around 1100 and was the place where canons lived together and served the town. Although the priory closed and was partially demolished in 1536 the church remained open until the civil war in the 1640s when it was caught in the crossfire of the assault on South Gate. A Gothic Victorian church was built next to the priory in 1837 and it is this church that still stands and is active today.

Russian History in Photographs

A fascinating new website has recently become available that illustrates Russian history between 1860 and 1999 using both professional and amateur photographs gathered from museums, newspapers, private collections and even visitors to the website.

With over 70,000 photos in the collection it covers everything from fashion, family life, business, culture, arts, architecture and military images. You can set the website to search photos between two dates or use a key word or theme to search a particular topic. In addition you can gather images into your own curated exhibition adding text and comments to enhance your viewer’s experiences.

I think it is a fascinating site and well worth a mooch through. You can easily lose an hour or two going from one topic to another. I couldn’t get the search function to work but as the site is in Russian and I was searching for things in English that’s not surprising. You will get on much better if you ensure that Google translate or other translating service is turned on.

To see more go to Russian History in Photographs.


I couldn’t resist reposting this blog post from Anete Sooda after she came to photograph some of my family history. It has nothing to do with any of my projects but I am very pleased with the photos she has created.

NOTE: This is back dated to w/c 21st of March As for this week – it was time to stop milking Latvia’s photographs and continue working on project. One of the back-up ideas was to photograph memoriums of people passed away. I have mentioned before that my idea involves items related to the person- photographs, […]

via WEEKLY REFLECTION #13 — anetesooda

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