Stanway, Essex

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Stanway Village Hall
Stanway is located in Essex
 Stanway shown within Essex
Population 7,600 
OS grid reference TL940241
District Colchester
Shire county Essex
Region East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Colchester
Postcode district CO3
Dialling code 01206
Police Essex
Fire Essex
Ambulance East of England
EU Parliament East of England
UK Parliament Witham
List of places

Coordinates: 51°52′54″N 0°49′02″E / 51.8817°N 0.8173°E / 51.8817; 0.8173

Stanway is a village and civil parish in Essex, England located near Colchester and within Colchester Borough. It is now widely referred to as a suburb.

Stanway is located approximately three miles west of Colchester town centre on the B1408 (former A12), near the junction of the A12 and the A1124 at Eight Ash Green. Colchester Zoo, The Stanway School, Tollgate shopping complex and the Co-operative retail development are among prominent local amenities. Graham Coxon and Damon Albarn, founder members of Blur, met at the local school.

Stanway was named in the Domesday Book.[1]

The £4.3m A12 bypass opened in 1970. Local pubs include the Live and Let Live on Millers Lane and the Swan on London Road.

There are three schools in Stanway: Two primary schools and The Stanway School. The Stanway School has academy status, and describes itself as a "Humanities and Maths & Computing College". All three of the schools are located very closely, on adjacent roads.

Druid of Colchester[edit]

In 1996, prior to the expansion of the Stanway Sand & Gravel quarry, an archaeological team was called in to investigate the outline of five ancient ditched enclosures identified by aerial photography. There, just off the A12 to Colchester, they discovered the grave of the "Druid of Colchester".[2]

Sport and leisure[edit]

Stanway has a Non-League football club Stanway Rovers F.C. who play at New Farm Road.


  1. ^ 'Stanway: Introduction', A History of the County of Essex: Volume 10: Lexden Hundred (Part) including Dedham, Earls Colne and Wivenhoe (2001), pp. 259-63. Accessed through the online version.
  2. ^ Games Britannia - 1. Dicing with Destiny, BBC Four, 1:05am Tuesday 8 December 2009

External links[edit]

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