Two new plaques commemorate Town’s military history

House builders, Taylor Wimpey, have funded two plaques to commemorate the military history of two of its new-homes developments in Colchester.

A donation has been made to the Colchester Civic Society which paid for the plaques at Praecedo in Mersea Road and Arena Place in Napier Road.

Rosemary Jewers, a member of the Civic Society’s Executive Committee, said: “A few years ago my husband and I contacted Taylor Wimpey and asked if they’d be willing to sponsor two plaques for the sites of the demolished Military Hospital and Sobraon Barracks in Colchester.

“They generously donated funds and the unveiling took place in 2012. It was because of this that I, on behalf of the Civic Society decided to approach them again as more of the former Garrison areas are being developed for housing.

“Taylor Wimpey kindly offered to sponsor a further two plaques, one for the Praecedo development – as two barracks, Hyderabad and Meeanee, once occupied this site – and another for their homes at Arena Place, formerly the Garrison Administrative HQ. Both plaques will be placed towards the front of the developments, and will be seen by both visitors to the town and passers by.”

A blue plaque is a permanent sign installed in a public place to commemorate a link between that location and a famous person or event, serving as a historical marker.