Roydon

 

Blind Lane

This lane has been cleared by volunteers to make it part of a walking route. This has been  followed by tree planting, using indigenous species

Coldharbour

Just a clump of bushes. Coldharbour was once a settlement with cottages and barns set in the heavy Essex clay. Byfield Cottage on the Harlow Road was moved from there. The prefix "cold" is given in a dictionary of place names as "bleak exposed" but there is also a tradition of linking such names to the production of charcoal. The trees were planted in the mid '70s as the first stage of a parish wide planting programme

**Grange Lane

Once went to common lands Didgemere and Langlands.

Harlow Road

Cottages   18th century cottages row of weatherboarded cottages

Dowsetts House. taller than the rest of the group it was one house which was later divided into cottages, and had been bought in 1778 by the parish "in order to convert the same into a workhouse". An allowance of two shillings a week was provided to the master to "keep, cloathe and maintain the poor in every thing that is necessary". A decision to sell the house again was taken in 1838. The internal design is an intriguing one; it is virtually square and divided into four equal parts.

Byfield Cottage moved from Coldharbour to present site.

Permissive Path

Pond

Worlds End

World's End Copse. This is a strip of mixed woodland, too steep or too wet to be farmed, with a range of hazel, oak, ash, elder field maple, willow and blackthorn. The area is managed, with new hazel planted in  many places and a coppicing programme which began in 1993 and it is intended that eventually the new growth will be harvested to make hurdles.

stream called the Bourn which joins the Stort Navigation near Roydon Lock.

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