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Stage 4. Cressing Temple to West Bergholt

Saturday 25th August 2018

 

Distance Time Elevation in meters

Km
Elapsed
Hrs-Mins
Moving
Hrs-Mins
Gain Loss Min Max
31.87 7H09 6H18 141 130 13 65

   

   

 

 

White Notley Church (St. Etheldreda)

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The Cross Keys pub - White Notley

The ford on Station Road

The path leaves Station Road towards Fambridge Hall

In the pink...... Fambridge Hall

 

Superb outbuildings

Tunnel under the railway

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The Parish Church of All Saints Cressing

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Curd Hall Farm

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Grange Farm

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13C Grange Barn

 

The Grange Barn is, according to the National Trust, the oldest timber-framed barn in Britain and one of the oldest agricultural buildings in Europe. It is a huge structure being 120feet long by 45 feet wide and 35 feet high at the apex of the roof. It was erected by the lay-brothers of Coggeshall Abbey to house the produce that they grew for their community and the earliest timbers date from the beginning of the 12th century. Examination of the type of jointing used on some of the timbers support this date. The barn was extensively re-modelled in the late 14th century and at this time clay tiles were used to replace the thatch.

During the Second World War the barn was used as a centre for Coggeshall folk as the town's community hall had been taken over as a recreation centre for the airmen of all nations who served at the airfields that surrounded this small Essex town. The building survived without significant changes until 1960 when it was taken out of agricultural use and over the next two decades fell into a sad state of dereliction. Local organisations assembled funds to purchase and restore the Barn in 1982 and over the next three years it was carefully repaired using as much as possible of the original material and traditional construction methods.

In 1989 the building passed into the ownership of the National Trust who open the Barn to the public from end of March to mid-October on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays (in the afternoon).

 

 

 

St Nicholas's Chapel.... a good spot for lunch on the bench in front.

  Before the dissolution of the Monasteries (1530's) this 12th century building was the gate house chapel to the nearby Cistercian Abbey. Following a period of use as an agricultural building, the chapel was restored to sacred use in the late 19th century. Today it forms part of the Parish of St. Peter ad Vincula, Coggeshall, and is occasionally used for worship.  

 

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Crossing the park into the centre of Coggeshall

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Coggeshall

Coggeshall

The Woolpack Inn

 

 

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Steps lead up to the busy A120

A120

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Back into classic Essex countryside

The Chequers pub, Great Tey

St Barnabas, Great Tey
( https://www.crsbi.ac.uk/site/1502/)

After a short walk up Chappel Road the path goes off to the right across the drive of a house. The sign is almost hidden in the ivy, and the house owned has erected white balustrades to restrict people walking on his drive. The result is a really narrow path that's easy to miss.

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The River Colne, near Cricket Bat Willows

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The Shoulder of Mutton. The path goes to the right of the pub along the River Colne

You could be on the Stevenson Trail in France!

The end of the days walk in West Bergholt. The village sign is on the corner of Chapel Road
and Colchester Road, not far from the church.