Saturday, 12 November 2011

Thames Tributary River Stort - Pishiobury

Thames Tributary River Stort
The Stort flows south and then turns west flowing towards the River Lee. It is joined by Pincey Brook from the south.

Post to the north Sawbridgeworth
Post to the south Gibberd's Garden
Post to the west Pishiobury Park

Pishiobury Park
Pishiobury Park Mansion.  A mansion house in extensive grounds extending to the Stort (but the park to the west is in a different square).  The house was destroyed by fire and had probably been built 1580-90 for Sir Walter Mildmay as a brick courtyard house. Its replacement was designed by James Wyatt after a fire for Jeremiah Milles. It is red brick with gothicky crenellations and some 16th brickwork survives. ‘1904’ appears on a rainwater head.   It was purchased by Middlesex County Council in 1939 and was used as a remand home and from 1942 was known as Pishiobury School. It remained as an approved school for senior boys until the late 1960s.  It is now used as offices.
Walled garden with courtyards of outbuildings
Walled kitchen garden
Norman Gateway, 19th in fact
Summer House in the walled garden. Square red brick building from the 16th with a pyramid roof.
Pump in the walled garden. Cast iron from the 18th.
Ha Ha round the house. Later installed by Lancelot Brown as part of 18th landscaping. It is a red brick wall against a ditch to prevent the cattle straying into the gardens
Barn.  Timber frame weather boarded barn built in the 18th but using older materials.  Inside it is a games room.
Dairy. Red brick 18th building with an octagonal wooden lantern on the roof. Now a shower room.
Lake on an old meander of the river undertaken as part of the 18th landscaping

River Stort
Feakes Lock on the Stort Navigation. . This lock was named after Samuel Feake, Governor of Fort Bengal and Chairman of the East India Company in the 18th C, who owned some of the riverside land.  It may originally have been called Pishiobury Hall Lock. It originally was a turf sided chamber built to compensate for the natural fall of the river. It is said that a shed associated with the structure had a sign saying " The Punishment for Tampering with these Works is Transportation".
The Osier Bed

Sheering Lower Road
Durrington Hall. 18th house later extended. The owner and builder is said to have been Samuel Feake.

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