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Old Heath

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Old Heath

Old Heath Logo

The welcome to Old Heath sign
Population6,181 (Ward 2011)[1]
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtCO2
Dialling code01206
AmbulanceEast of England
EU ParliamentEast of England
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Old Heath is a parish that is south-east of Colchester, Essex, England.

Old Heath has existed since Saxon times and was originally called 'Old Hythe' because it was the first port of Colchester, before Hythe (called Newehethe in 1311) took over: hythe derives from the Old English word for 'landing place'.


Old Heath Congregational Church (or Chapel).
Old Heath Congregational Church (or Chapel).

Old Heath has a parish church (CofE) called St Barnabas's and also a small Congregational Chapel known as the 'tin tabernacle'.[2]

The original church of St Barnabas was demolished in 1949 after being declared unsafe.

The Congregational Chapel was subject to a planning application for demolition in December 2014, which was refused. See here for more details, and document references about the building.


Old Heath Primary School
Old Heath Primary School

Old Heath has four regular bus services to and from Colchester town centre, a post office, a local Co-op.,[3] a butcher, a baker and a greengrocer. It also has a fish and chip shop to the south of the village, and a small garage.

Old Heath's primary school children are served by Old Heath Primary School which was awarded a 'good' status by OFSTED.[4]

Old Heath is also home to a military firing range, that the public are allowed to access when the red flag is not flying.


Old Heath is currently represented by three Labour councillors at a Borough level; Lee Scordis, Adam Fox and Michael Lilley. It is also represented by Lee Scordis at County Council.


  1. ^ "Colchester Ward population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 5 September 2016.
  2. ^ 'Old Heath Community Centre'
  3. ^ 'East of England Co op' [1]
  4. ^ 'OFSTED Report - 8 July 2010', http://www.ofsted.gov.uk/oxedu_reports/download/(id)/122759/(as)/114710_347847.pdf
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