Welcome to Colchester & North East Essex Building Preservation Trust
Historic buildings can make a substantial contribution to the environment and our sense of “place“. They represent fixed points in our shared history and can be landmarks in an otherwise, unremarkable location.
North East Essex is fortunate in having a high density of buildings of historic interest which greatly add to the character and identity of the areas of Braintree, Colchester and Tendring. However, a significant number of these buildings are deemed to be “at risk“.
The Church of St Peter & St Paul, in the quiet Essex village of Birch, has stood empty for more than 24 years.
Due to this extended period of neglect the church is now derelict, and the Diocese of Chelmsford wish to demolish it.
The Trust is campaigning to save the building and has completed a viability study which would save the property by converting most of the building into a family home.
The Balkerne water tower, known affectionately as ‘Jumbo’, is the best of its type in England. Built in 1884 Jumbo was both ambitious and dramatic. It is probably Colchester’s best-loved landmark.
Jumbo provided water to Colchester for a century but fell out of use in 1984 and several attempts to find a new use for the structure over the past 30 years have failed. It is currently vacant and designated ‘At Risk’.