Friday, 7 June 2013

Essex Place Names

Essex Review
Extract from No. 226  Volume LVII (April 1948)

Essex Place Names
By Margaret Seals

Written in reply to Theodora Roscoe’s Buckinghamshire Place Names.

Come, travel through our Essex land
In mighty Caesar’s train,
And read in history’s living page
Of Saxon, Norman, Dane.

For Romans lived at Fingringhoe,
Near Colchester’s great camp,
And many a little village church
Still bears the Norman stamp.

There’s Margaret Roding, Stow Maries,
Mountnessing and Marks Tey,
Great Baddow, Foxearth, Colne Engaine,
And Layer-de-la-Haye.

See Shelley, Norton Mandeville,
The Lavers, Netteswell –
The ancient Cluniac Priory
That stands at Prittlewell.

There’s Tollesbury with its oysters
And Tolleshunt with its Knight;
Matching’s Marriage Feast Room,
The Notleys – Black and White.

Recall that Saxon children played
In Saffron Walden’s lanes,
And Maldon’s hero Brihtnoth, fell
In victory o’er the Danes.

Pass through our fields aglow with grain –
Or seek the North Sea’s tide,
Our place names, with our ancient bells
Sweet music will provide.

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