The idea when I began was to trundle around the back roads in the sun looking for interesting things. The mist did hamper this somewhat, as did interesting things that were too far away or too near the windows of the expensive houses that I passed. I know these houses are expensive as there were Mercedes and the like parked there in abundance. Now I am not one to look through folks windows but I did notice few people were up and around. Few closed their curtains either! While I enjoyed the trip I did make the slight mistake of going down a new road and enjoying the slope downwards. Great relief from the pedalling but the road sign at the far end pointed me towards Dunmow and unwilling to go back up the slope I foolishly went on, this was far too far from home for my knees. There was nothing for it but to continue until and hope for a way back to appear. Luckily I stumbled on a road back and ended up in Felsted instead.
Felsted has yet another 12th century church and I suspect a Saxon one stood there for a while before this time. Again possibly this spot was used as a pagan site even before the Romans began their tour of Brittanica. A lovely church, closed today sadly while they spend money renovating the place. Nice door at the base of the tower, with a Norman arch (please confirm).
Just how many people have passed through this door over the years I wondered? Today I suspect merely those intent of playing the bells that hang high above, certainly not to fix the clock on the side that appears to have been stuck at three minutes past twelve for ten years! Right next to the church is an old school building dating to the 1500's. I wondered why there were names cut into the wood. Graffiti has always been with us. We must let the world know we exist.
The flash was required as they lie in a darkened alleyway, but it is possible to make out some names, and the date 1806. About that time the school moved to an impressive site just down the road and became a major public school. The school was popular enough for special trains to run from Liverpool Street to carry the sons of the rich to their education at beginning of term.
A gurgling river would have made a better picture had I not been looking into the now bright sunshine. The scene would also have benefited from not having an empty water bottle lying there. Plastic has brought much benefit to us, as well us filling us with toxic chemicals, but people's inability to dispose of it properly is a pain! Wallace would agree!