Lea Valley Walk – Part 6 – Cheshunt to Broxbourne

Another London Appreciation Society walk. The Lea Valley – Part 6. This time we started off at Cheshunt and ended at Broxbourne.

Cheshunt… I don’t know a lot about Cheshunt, but looking it up, there are a few little facts about the place. I know John told us some of them, or all of them. I just didn’t remember what he said. So what I’ve read is…

Cheshunt is a settlement that was on the Roman road Ermine Street, which is the main street heading north out of London. Princess Elizabeth (Queen Elizabeth I) lived in Cheshunt in the care of Sir Anthony Denny in 1548. It was once the home of Cliff Richard. Lotus Cars and Debenhams were once located in Cheshunt. It also used to house the head quarters of Tesco until 2016. At 8:00 am on 12 August 1944, a Consolidated B-24 Liberator bomber from the United States Army Air Forces 392nd Bombardment Group (Heavy), based at RAF Wendling, crashed next to Maxwells Farm, near Cheshunt, killing all ten crew. The B198 road which runs near the crash site has been renamed Lieutenant Ellis Way, after the pilot, who managed to avoid crashing into the nearby town. One of the firemen who attended the scene secured funding in 2010 for a permanent memorial at the scene.

On to the Navigation of the River Lea.

Here we take a little diversion. We walked over the bridge at the lock, and headed into a private garden. Here we were introduced to the owner, who also happens to look after the wier. She took us to the other side of the Wier and saw it from an angle that we wouldn’t normally be allowed to see.

Back to the Navigation… Starting to get hungry, it must be time for lunch soon.

Ah… The lunch stop. We are now in Broxbourne.

After lunch, we took a little diversion.

The New River which passes through the centre of the town, was constructed in the early 17th century.

The parish church of St Augustine was entirely rebuilt in the 15th century, although a 12th-century Purbeck marble font survives. The interior has a number of monuments and brasses dating from the 15th to the 19th century. The three stage tower has a belfry with a peal of eight bells, three of which are dated 1615.

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