Up to 25 stagecoaches and mailcoaches a day passed through the town from London en route to Norwich, Cambridge and Bury St. Edmunds. In the early 19th century, 26 coaching inns lined the High Street.
Taking the footpath that runs down between houses and Bowyer Court into a field. We leave Epping and hea over a couple of fields, down to a Stewards Green Road where the route turns left and then left again to head up the narrow, in places quite muddy, byway of Stewards Green Lane.
The path now become very muddy and I begin to find out that I need new boots as these were beginning to let in water.
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Mention must be made of the ghost. Rumours abound locally that an apparition has been seen several times in the depths of the cellar, and occasionally passing silently across the inglenook fireplace…..But then again, it is only a rumour…or is it?
We pass by some lovely houses and cottages.
A relief here for a while from the constant sticky mud.
We leave Gernon Bushes cross over the M25 and into a Birching Coppice. After we exit from the woods, we walk through more farmland and more mud!
|The erection of a concrete water tower to the north-east of Toot Hill has increased the pressure in the public water supply and, more recently, provided a site for mobile telephone masts.|
I stopped here to remove a boot, as they were now squelchy with water and mud. I wrung out my sock and wiped the mud from my foot. Dan suggested it may be easier over on the bench on the green,so we walked over.
Toot Hill means 'Lookout Post'.
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We exit to cross Greensted Road and continue opposite through some fields and head up yo Greensted Church.
Greensted Church,in the small village of Greensted.It is the oldest wooden church in the world, and probably the oldest wooden building in Europe still standing, albeit only in part, since few sections of its original wooden structure remain. The oak walls are often classified as remnants of a palisade church or a kind of early stave church, dated either to the mid-9th or mid-11th century.
dendrochronological research in the 1960s dated it to 845. In 1995, however, this date was revised to 1053 +10 -55 years (sometime between 998 and 1063). It is made of large split oak tree trunks, which was a traditional Saxon form of construction. The flint footings of the chancel wall and the pillar piscina inside the sanctuary are all that remain of any identifiably Norman work.
The distinctive white wood-panelled tower was added in the Stuart period (17th century), and is what initially draws the eye. One of the bells is inscribed "William Land made me 1618", and so many consider the tower may in fact have been built earlier. This would not be too surprising as there are a number of medieval wooden towers in the district.
Budworth Hall, containing a Ballroom, Concert Hall and Committee Room which are available for hire.
A Grade II Listed Victorian building on Ongar High Street was erected in 1886, as a memorial to the late Captain Philip John Budworth (1818-1885) of nearby Greensted Hall, and built by public subscriptions.
We walked along The pretty High Street."Chipping" is from Old English cēping, "a market, a market-place", akin to Danish "købing" and Swedish "köping".
Ongar was an important market town in the Medieval era, at the centre of a hundred and has the remains of a Norman castle . The Church of England parish church, St Martin's dates from the 11th century and shows signs of Norman work.
The nursery rhyme "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" is reported to have been written in Chipping Ongar. Knowleton Hall is the most well known home in Ongar due to its interesting history.
We walked back onto the high street to find the bus stop to take us home.
So we stopped for a half of Doombar in The Two Brewers, a lovely friendly pub!
Built in 1791.
We caught the bus back to Epping Station and made our way home after a 7.5 mile walk!