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Church Street Tavern

Church Street Tavern opened on February 25th, 2014 as a tavern with ground floor bar and lounge and first floor dining room serving simple, freshly prepared, wholesome food. Coaching inns and taverns are a rich part of our heritage with taverns springing up at a time when there were no telephones, twitter, facebook or other ways we communicate today. If you wanted to do business, politics or socialise with people, you went to a tavern. It seemed right to give this handsome building, built as a Savings Bank in about 1852, this name as it becomes a place to meet, have fun and be well looked after.

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Church Street Tavern, Church Street, Colchester, CO1 1NF (View on Map)
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Radical Essex is a project re-examining the county in relation to radicalism in thought, lifestyle, politics and architecture. A programme of events will take place across Essex throughout 2016 and 2017, shedding light on the vibrant, pioneering thinking of the late 19th and 20th centuries. The project will celebrate the crucial role Essex has played in the history of British Modernism and its utopian ideologies under the themes ‘The Modernist County’ and ‘Arcadia for All’.

The Radical Essex site is designed by Fraser Muggeridge studio and Alex Rich, developed by Twelve.

Radical Essex is led by Focal Point Gallery in collaboration with Visit Essex and Firstsite. Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England it forms part of the country wide Cultural Destinations programme, a partnership with VisitEngland, supporting arts organisations to work with the tourism sector to deliver projects that maximise the impact culture has on local economies.

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