Thames Tributary – tributary to the River Roding - Coopersale Common

Thames Tributary – tributary to the River Roding
The tributary flows southwards

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Village area with all the usual villagey things

Post to the south Coopersale Street

Brickfield Road
Site of Styles brickfield in the 19th
Coopersale and Theydon Garnon Church of England Primary School. This was Theydon Garnon School founded in 1850 by the Church of England. In September 1970 it moved to Coopersale
Coopersale Cricket Club on the Brickfield site

Coopersale Common
Garnon Bushes pub. Was once called the Rose and Crown and appears to have once been a row of cottages
Anson’s farm

Gernon Bushes
Nature reserve with hornbeam pollards plus recent woodland and a network of ponds dug for gravel extraction. There are two springs and their streams travel down steep valleys with a series of bogs

Houblons Hill
St. Alban’s church, 1852. Overlooks the Roding valley. Very plain but includes some items of local interest.
War memorial in the churchyard erected 1919
Lynch gate. This was erected in 1907 made of local oak.
Coopersale farm
Little Ark Nursery in the parish rooms.
Coopersale House, 17th and 18th mansion. Formerly owned by the Archer-Houblon family who inherited it in the mid 18th but from the late 19th it remained unoccupied and was bought in 1914 by a religious order. It has since returned to residential use.
Vicarage. 1852 in Polychrome brick. There is a two storey gabled with gothic arched doors

Institute Road
Part of the Institute Road Estate was built in 1926,
Village Institute, donated by Mr. H. E. J. Camps of Coopershale house And built in 1926

Parklands Estate
Site of the cottage homes. They were built in 1912 as part of the union workhouse of Theydon Garnon caring for about 40 orphan children

Children's Homes. Web site
Coopersale and Theydon Garnon School. Web site
Coopersale  Cricket Club. Web site
Essex County Council. Web site
Garnon Bushes, Web site
Pevsner and Cherry. Essex
St.Albans Church. Web site


Brian Knights said…
My great Uncle Henry Lawrance farmed Ansons Farm from 1921 to 1948 and I have some wartime memories and general information which I can offer. I think I am the only survivor with direct memories from that time but need your guidance on what sort of thing you want plus, do you want photographs?

Please feel free to contact me on my e-mail addesss given below

Brian Knights (mother's maiden surname: Lawrance)
Brian Knights said…
As a follow up to my earlier comments, I can advise that during part of the 19th Century, Ansons Farm was the home of Samuel Phelps - a noted Shakespearian actor. At the end of WW-1 and up to 1920, the tenants operated a dairy farm and got into trouble for selling contaminated milk to the detriment of people in Epping and its surrounds.
My gt. uncle Henry (known as Harry) Lawrance took over in 1921 along with his wife, Agnes, surviving twin son Charlie and my mother's sister whom they had fostered for my grandparents. After Aunt Agnes died, my aunt became housekeeper and sold eggs and milk at the back door to villagers.
The farm did not have electricity and was lit by gas even in 1948 and the milking palour also had no lighting installed - with hurricane lamps used in winter by Charlie who did the milking when I was there. During WW-2 we went a couple of times to help with haymaking and, although the farm used a tractor for cutting the hay, Horse power was still used until about the end of the war (initially two but latterly only one).
The farm yard was inclined to mud and there was a drinking water trough for the cows when they came in for milking (about eight double stalls and they were milked into a bucket which was emptied through a muslin filter into a reservoir from where the milk ran down a cooler before being stored for skimming for butter preparation or sale.
Some corn was grown but mainly the crops were grass and hay. Fields were bounded by hedges which were becomong overgrown and at least two had seepage lines where water was draining out from the edge of Epping Forest.
Brian Knights

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