Friday, 1 January 2010

The London/Essex border - Brambles Lane

Boundary London/Essex/Havering
Goes north up Aveley Road and turns left into Warwick Lane, opposite a path going north to Damyns, the boundary turns sharp south goes some distance and then takes a right angled turn west towards Warwick Lane.
TQ 56466 83635

Countryside area with scattered farms, many of them offering various pursuits


Sites on the London, Havering, side of the border

Post to the west Gerpins
Post to the South Belhuis
Post to the east Dennises Lane

Aveley Road
Farm-land east of the road and on both sides of Bramble Lane was been given over to gravel-working since 1962.
Chafford Heath. Hundred moot site at the junction with Aveley Road and Bramble Lane. By 1974 the former site of Chafford Heath, and the cottage-chapel and burying-ground there, had been returned to farm-crops

Hunts Hill Cottages
Hunts Hill Farm. Crop marks in the summer of 1976 lead to the discovery of ditches which marked farms and fields of prehistoric and Roman times. One of the earliest finds was a flint arrowhead of the Early Bronze Age. The first evidence of settlement is of the Middle Bronze Age as pits and postholes. In the Late Bronze Age and Early Iron Age post-built round houses were with large wells and waterholes. One pit, dated 1000–800 BS, contained the remains of at least 28 smashed pots. At the end of the Iron Age a large rectangular enclosure, with a gateway facing north, dominated the hill and a coin of King Cunobelin was found. After the Roman conquest this enclosure was remodelled, perhaps as a stock enclosure. Fields were laid out and wells were dug. Some Roman period inhabitants were cremated and their ashes buried in pots, alongside the field ditches. Alongside these was a small Early Saxon cemetery, most burials with a small iron knife, but one with a glass bead and another a complete pot. A Saxon settlement was found at the southern end of the farm with a well and timber house. In the early medieval period a hall-house with fields and a stave-lined well was built. Later it was part of a medieval ridge-and-furrow field system and farming to the 20th century, when it became a garden centre

Brambles Lane
Brambles Farm. Farmhouse 18th with rendered front, irregular bays and three storeys, with three rooms on each side. Possibly originating as a two-room lobby-entrance house with a central stack, the third room being an addition. A lone survival in an area much altered by gravel extraction and uninhabited 1974
Heath Farm. Demolished pre-1974

Sources
British Listed Buildings. Web site
Victoria County History. Essex

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