How they got there we are not quite sure: the Thames used to be higher and wider, and these may simply represent ancient flotsam !However, people did live permanently in Upminster before the Roman invasions.Occasionally, ancient objects come out of the gravel pits.These include stone age tools, roman wine jugs and various other things.These people (called "ancient Britons", "Celts", or "Belgae" because of similar pottery in Flanders) were farmers.
Agriculture and London have always been crucially important.
Main line railway stations in Colchester/Manningtree provide an extensive service to Liverpool Street, regional airport of Stansted within one hours drive.
The village has its own post office stores, petrol station, public houses and only a short walk to Hall Farm Shop and restaurant.
A circular walk with choice of starting at either Debden, or for rail travellers, Newport.» Walk Details This circular walk visits the picturesque villages of Clavering, Arkesden, Wicken Bonhunt and Rickling in the Uttlesford area and provides the opportunity to visit each of their beautiful historic churches.» Walk Details This is an easy little walk starting from a village which retains its character although close to Chelmsford.
Much of the walk is throgh open flat farmland with a short section in the wood at Skreens Park. The walk takes you along Roxwell Brook, a tributary of the River Can, on nice wide grassy field edges and through paddocks full of friendly horses.
Full members receive an annual publication, 'Essex Archaeology and History'; make visits to places of interest and have access to the Society's own Library of antiquarian and more recent publications at the Albert Sloman Library, Colchester Campus of the University of Essex. The account of The Free Grammar School, Colchester c.1690-c.1820: Hazel Martingell …