Toot Hill and Stanford Rivers
Sun 06 May 2018 19:00I've parked up on the hottest weekend of the year in Toot Hill, a few miles to the west of Ongar. Other than the noise of a couple of parties taking place among the few houses in the village, it's pretty quiet - in an hour I think I counted less than 20 cars passing me.
Just as well really as I decided to do something I don't normally do - and walk along the road. It's not very relaxing, but I've stopped listening to music/whatever through headphones now when I walk and you can hear cars coming from a mile off.
I've decided to head south-east out of the village this time towards Stanford Rivers and walk up to St Margaret's Church and back again. Toot Hill is part of the parish of Stanford Rivers and has been since the 13th century and I can't find out much about the history of either village.
However the church is one of the oldest in Essex - dating back to 1150, it has a wooden belfry and spire, but has had very little alteration, with no Victorian additions, no Lady Chapel or side chapels.
There's virually nothing else in Stanford Rivers apart from a few - and I mean a few - house and you wonder what it was like when they built the church almost 900 years ago.
At the end of the walk I found the obligatory "bookshop in an old red telephone box" which so many villages seem to have now. I didn't really fancy any of the books or DVDs in there so I left them alone. (I would have brought them back, of course ...)
Article written Sun 06 May 2018 19:00, last modified Tue 08 May 2018 18:00