An extract from ‘An Anthology of Essex’, edited by Charlotte Fell Smith, published in 1911
Chigwell, my dear fellow, is the greatest place in the world. Name your day for going. Such a delicious old inn opposite the churchyard – such a lovely ride – such beautiful forest scenery – such an out-of-the-way rural place – such a sexton! I say again, name your day!
Charles Dickens. Letter to John Forster, 1842.