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Hello All

I know a number of you took the time to visit the old barracks in colchester a while ago

Now it seems there is a bit less to look at

A lot of it has undergone redevelopment in the past couple of years, and so it seems the developers have hired their monkeys to make short work of a bit more of it

The former swimming pool was set on fire in the early hours of this evening

UPDATED: Fire crews tackle blaze in former garrison buiding (From Essex County Standard)

Best picture out of the lot;

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Wonder when the Admin building a bit further down the road will go...

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That was quite some place

:(

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For a building on its own right in the middle of a residential area, it caught light a bit quick.

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That was a nice little explore, it's actually quite heartbreaking seeing it go up now. There will be hardly anything left in Colchester at this rate.

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If it wasn't wedged smack dap in the middle of a residential and retail area I'd be surprised the old Odeon wouldn't have joined the list as well.

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If it wasn't wedged smack dap in the middle of a residential and retail area I'd be surprised the old Odeon wouldn't have joined the list as well.

Wouldnt bank on it, anything with easy access gets torched eventually

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      History Lesson

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