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

Stanway Village Hall, Villa Road, Stanway, Colchester - - 58867.jpg
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 Colchester
List of places: UK • England • Essex

Stanway is a village and civil parish in Essex, England located near Colchester. 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, Stanway School (Comprehensive), 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. The local football team is Stanway Rovers, based at New Farm Road.

Stanway was named in the Domesday Book.[1]

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


Stanway Scout Group

Stanway has an active Scout Group which meets 4 nights a week at it's Scout HQ in Villa Road. The Group is part of Colchester North District. It is also home to the District Scout and Guide shop, this opens Friday evenings & Saturday mornings.

Druid of Colchester

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]


  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 8th December 2009

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