Friday, 1 January 2010

The London/Essex border - North Ockendon

Boundary London/Essex/Havering
The boundary goes in a straight line westward, crossing the railway, and crosses the M25 at the same point as Dennises Lane. It continues parallel but south of Dennises Lane, crossing its southbound extension.

Post to the east North Ockendon
Post to the north North Ockendon
Post to the south Ockendon, Kemps Farm

Sites on the London,Havering, side of the border

Church Lane.
St.Mary Magdalene. Said to be pre 1057 but could be pre 630AD as St.Cedd, Bishop of the East Saxons, is thought to have carried out baptisms here. The flint exterior dates from 1858 by Richard Armstrong, paid for by Richard Benyon of Cranham Hall. Extended by John Glanfield & Partners, 2003. The nave and chancel are 12th and there is a 15th ragstone tower and an early 14th chapel. ‘Last Supper in alabaster’, by Farmer & Brindley. The pulpit is hexagonal of Elizabethan type though probably 17th. The Font and a Royal Arms are 1842, Coade stone. There is a stained glass window made up from medieval pieces reset after the Second World War . ‘Road to Emmaus’ by Heywood Sumner 1907. Brasses: Thomasyn Badby, 1532, a stiff frontal figure in furred gown; William Poyntz 1502, in armour, and his wife Elizabeth, children below; John Poyntz 1547, Rev. Edward Foley Evans, 1933, kneeling figure in flowing robes by Cuin Gawthorp & Sons. Monuments: Eight to the Poynz family put up in 1606 by Sir Gabriel Poyntz; , Sir Gabriel his wife Etheldreda have effigies on an alabaster tomb chest which is attributed to Gerard Johnson. Wall monuments erected by Sir Gabriel Poyntz also John Russell of Stubbers, 1825, by William Behnes; medallion to his widow, by Thomas Smith; A tablet of 1996 commemorates the botanist William Coys 1627 of Stubbers., Grade I listed
Churchyard. Tombs.
Well in the churchyard – said to be one of St.Cedd’s baptisteries, supposed to come from Kent and go under the Thames. In 630AD as St.Cedd, Bishop of the East Saxons, is said to have carried out baptisms here. This well is next to the medieval moat and can be accessed via a gate and a flight of steps in the south western churchyard wall.
Garden walls remain from North Ockendon Hall, the Poyntz seat from the c15-c18
Track through the churchyard goes to Langdon Hall
North Ockendon Hall Home of Poynz family. Moated and from 1950 neglected. 16th and 18th additions. 400 year old stables. The chapel was demolished. The 16th house was destroyed in the Second World War and the site is now part of Hall Farm.
Moat used by anglers.
Hall Farm brick outbuildings tactfully incorporated within a housing complex of 2002-3.
St.Mary’s Court. New housing near the church, basically a conversion of the farm
Glebe Barn
The Coach House
The Old Rectory with dense garden

Pea Lane

Sources
Osborne. Defending London

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