Tyler's Green and Magdalen Laver
Sun 13 May 2018 19:00Looking for a new place to go walkabout in Essex, I found myself parked up in Tyler's Green on a Sunday afternoon in spring. The one shop is closed, and the sun goes down in five hours so I better get going!
There's very little information about Tyler's Green online - Wikipedia only lists a similarly named village in Buckinghamshire. I walked north towards Magdalen Laver, a properly-old sounding hamlet.
The one road took me past a number of houses for half a mile or so, and then onto an unpavemented country lane which luckily wasn't too busy. I could hear cars coming a long way off,
On first glance Magdalen Laver seems less of a place that exists than Tyler's Green. The current population is 232, but I didn't see more than a handful of houses. There is apparently a church here although I didn't walk that far up.
The sign welcoming me to the village looked like it was dumped by the side of the road, although that's probably the only place it could go. The bridge took me over Cripsey Brook, which rises somewhere near the M11 and flows into the Roding just to the east of Ongar. This made me laugh at first as I thought it was called Crispy Brook - which was as exciting as my day got, I'm afraid.
Among all the cow parsley I did find some interesting trees too including this one (the last image) which I think is crepe myrtle but I'm not sure. I would hate to pass myself off as an expert on these matters.
Article written Sun 13 May 2018 19:00, last modified Tue 15 May 2018 11:30