Thames Tributary River Ingrebourne - Upminster

Thames Tributary River Ingrebourne
The Ingrebourne continues to flow south towards the Thames

Post to the west Emerson Park

Bird Lane Chapmans or Potkiln farmhouse 18th farm-house
Pot Kilns. In 1708 Samuel Springham had a house at what is described as ‘the Brick-kilns’. Near Hall Lane there was a circular brick-kiln built in 1774 by Matthew Howland Patrick, of Upminster Hall. Here, he had just 'brought his sugar-mould-pottery to perfection'. Later it produced bricks, tiles, and pipes and in 1885 James Brown, of Braintree, Chelmsford and London, bought the lease. By then the kilns and chimneys were prominent landmarks. Brown enlarged the works, built workmen's houses and a tramway to Upminster station. The brickworks continued to operate until 1933; and it was then demolished Pit to the south of the brickworks for brick earth, At the base of it was boulder clay which, apart from a patch at Hornchurch is the most southerly evidence of the ice sheet during the whole of the Ice Age. Pit for the brickworks north of the lane.
Pot Kiln wood. Managed by the Woodland Trust and part of the Thames Chase
Pantile Cottages. Built for the brickworks along the road
Plaintile Cottages. Built for the brickworks at right angles to the road

Fleet Close
Recreation Ground

Upminster.  Recorded as ‘Upmynstre’ 1062, ‘Upmunstra’ 1086 in the Domesday Book, ‘Uppeministr’ 1216, ‘Upmenstre’ 1247, that is ‘higher minster', from Old English ‘upp’ and ‘mynster’ meaning minster or large church'. The first element refers to the slightly rising ground above Ingrebourne RiverUpminster Bridge, originally referring to a crossing of the river by the road to Hornchurch, is marked on the Ordnance Survey map of 1805. Upminster Hall, also shown thus on the 1805 map, dates from the 15th and 16th centuries and was once the hunting lodge of the Abbot of Waltham Abbey. Nearby Upminster Tithe Barn also dates from the 15th century, and was probably used by the monks of Waltham. Upminster Windmill, a smock mill, was built in 1803.


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