History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
One of the major themes is everyday life in Colchesteer since the Georgian period. Learn about Victorian times through the eyes of Charles Round, and his servant, Mary Last. This really helps bring home the social history displays - you can learn through the lives of real people, whose stories are a part of historical records.
Learn about Colchester society through the stories of Isaac Calthrop, a sedan-chair carrier.
Outside the house is a lovely sensory garden based around a fountain; a popular place to relax on a sunny day.
The house was built in 1718 for Elizabeth Cornelisen of London, on the site of an earlier 16th century house. It was designed by Thomas Blagden, who reused the earlier Elizabethan timbers in the new building. Blagden's house was square, with a projecting bay to the west for a staircase and closets. It stood three storeys high, with a basement used for storage and housing the kitchens.
Though it was finished in 1719, just a year after construction bega, Elizabeth Cornelisen had died before she was able to move in. The house passed to Sarah Creffield, and through her to her husband, Charles Gray. Gray was a prominent figure in Colchester society; a lawyer, JP, and MP from 1742-1780. Gray lived at Hollytrees from 1727 until his death in 1782. When Gray and Sarah Creffield married, Sarah's mother, Mary Webster, gave Charles Colchester Castle as a wedding gift.
We really enjoyed our visit. The location in Hollytrees House is just wonderful; a perfect setting for the exhibits. The museum is usually open every day except Monday, year round - but please do check the official website for current details!
About Hollytrees Museum
Address: High Street, Colchester, Essex, England, CO1 1UG
Attraction Type: Museum
Location: Immediately beside Castle Park, opposite the northern end of Queen Street. Open daily.
Website: Hollytrees Museum
Phone: 01206 282 940
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest
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Visitor Information Centre
Tel: 01206 282 920
Alternate Tel: 01206 282 828
Fax: 01206 282 924