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Waltham Abbey

Waltham Abbey

This town is now part of London’s northern commuter belt, but the Abbey was one of the wealthiest before Henry VIII closed it. It was founded by King Harold who was miraculously cured by the relic of the Holy Cross which had come from Montacute in Somerset.  After the Battle of Hastings, some of his … Continue reading

Edith Walks

I have often wondered why the UK has never produced an equivalent of Kerouac, of Hunter S Thompson, the wild, crazy, drug and alcohol fuelled travellers and story tellers. Yes, I know Britain is a lot smaller. Any road trip would be a lot shorter, but here’s a film that comes close. It begins with … Continue reading

All Roads Lead Back to Henry

For those of you who have been following my blog for a while, you probably know that my favourite dead person was Henry Bridges of Waltham Abbey, the carpenter who built the famous microcosm clock. Well… Last week I got an email from the town of Seaforth in Canada with an enquiry about their town. … Continue reading

Update on Mr Bridges – London Sightings

Update on Mr Bridges – London Sightings

  The Town Council of Waltham Abbey has a problem.  It plans to put a Blue Plaque on the house in High Bridge Street where Henry Bridges lived in the early 18th century, but they do not know how to word it.  Bridges was a carpenter, but he was also an architect, civil engineer, entrepreneur, … Continue reading