This path bought me out to the Church of St Mary The Virgin.
Historically there is evidence of a church on the site prior to 1300 AD. The Abbey Chapel built in 1638 AD is behind the choir stalls and is the oldest existing part of the church. Memorials in the Chapel link the Abdy family with Albyns, the nearest house. The Church Tower was built in 1815; however most of the church was built in 1861. The bells were cast at the famous Whitechapel Foundry. The oldest relic in the church is the stained glass window dating from the 14th century. It depicts Edward the Confessor holding a ring and sceptre. Tradition says that the big sapphire in the Cross of the Imperial Crown is the original stone from the ring.
I walk through the graveyard and behind the church to take a footpath through a field with goats,chickens and horses.
I cross a bridge and out into a field that had just been rolled and no clear path present.
A little muddy but that bad,I follow the perimeter of the field.Albyns Hall in Albyns Lane, Stapleford Tawney.
Was up for sale at 4.25 million pounds!
Here is the link to the Romford recorder visit to the farm.
|Looking back to Albyns Farm.|
Then it is nothing but paths,stiles mand farmland for some miles.
|The water tower near Bedfords Park in the distance.|
The path then takes me out onto Stapleford Road and I walk up this towards the village.
I cross a little bridge over a brook. For years I've driven this way and have never seen this!
Royal Oak Pub. Known locally as the top oak. There were originally 3 Oak Pubs on this road, but now its this one and the Royal Oak (Bottom oak) further up the road.