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  January 2009

 

Looking towards 'Bardles Barn' from Old Mill Road.

 

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The fields either side of Hundred Lane

 

 

 

 

Field gates at the Black Brook on Old Mill Road, either side of Old Mill Road approaching 'The Fens' from Chapel Road.

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High Street still with a hoar frost, as is the cow parsley.

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11th January 2009

 

Alderton's Farm

 

An enquiry came in over Christmas about Alderton's Farm, which was in the field directly opposite Alderton's cottages. Sue and Geoff Alderton live in Australia, and their descendants occupied the farm in the 19th Century. The centre and left-hand photo show the corner of the lane with Dedham Road, and the footpath going off to Plumb's Farm - with Alderton's Cottages on the right. On the right, facing due north, is the probable site of the farmhouse, between the green clump of trees and the hedge on the right.

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The field still has an entrance directly opposite Alderton's cottages, and the left and centre photos would have the farm in the foreground, shot in the direction of Plumb's Farm - north westwards. The tight-hand photo is the opening from the lane.

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Looking north across the Dedham Vale, left, and eastwards, centre, to Alderton's Cottages. The right hand shot is north-eastwards across the valley towards Docura's Farm.

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21st January 2009

 

 

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Flanked by Dedham Church, is another view over the waters towards Stratford Church and Stratford Hill.

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2nd February 2009

 

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Views either way from High Street!

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The Shepherd and Dog and Blacksmith's Corner.

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Views down School Road and of the Community Centre.

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The Homestead School through  thick snow .

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The Community Shop was a place of refuge! Giant snowballs had been left in the road, it seems.

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7th February 2009   Village Plan morning exhibition

 

 

Business was brisk from 10 am onwards and visitors soon settled down to make their views known by using the 'postits' on the headings boards ....

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.. and there was a good deal of networking and catching up with people who had not been seen for a while, as here with Liz Schofield!

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During this time the shop enjoyed the sun and some trade, the snowballs melted a little ....

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... and I took the opportunity to look at one of the items under discussion - the Community Centre!

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A walk from Boxhouse Lane past Hill House, along Monk's Lane and back along the Black Brook - all in Dedham

 

A fine morning survived as a fine afternoon for a walk just over the A12 in Dedham.

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In the grounds of Hill House a part-frozen pond catches afternoon sun.

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The view from a very muddy (the frost having gone off the top) Monk's Lane  down towards Shelley Glebe Farm and the Black Brook, upon a lake next to the brook, these fine geese were found walking on the ice.

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The Stour valley, looking north, from Stratford Road, Dedham towards Stratford Church and Hill.

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11th February 2009  Gritter in ditch at Runkin's Corner

 

 

A Balfour Beatty gritter came off Langham Lane at Runkin's Corner and ended in the ditch. This site has become almost common in recent months. Grit is all over the road, so I wonder if it was at its business at the time of the mishap. The vehicle has a tracker and was doing 11mph at the time of the crash .Certainly the corner was covered in water overnight, so in a hard frost there might well have been a sheet of ice there! It shows what a good job the gritters do ... and that the corner needs sorting! Report faults at http://ehss.essexcc.gov.uk/

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River Stour in flood from A12 and the underpass at Stratford/Dedham

 

 

These photographs have been taken from  a footway under the A12, where a concrete farm lane connects with land on the eastern side. The banks of the river just show above the floodwater, centre, and are natural levees!

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12 February 2008

 

The Lock - Stratford

   

 

Floodwaters  and the main channel of the river Stour sweeping through Stratford St Mary at about nine am. The portage is in the centre shot, the meadows towards Langham are on the left, and the swirling river looking towards the high Street is on the right.

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The elevated walkway across the mill pond and river in Stratford St Mary; the gateway to Langham is distinctly watery today!

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The watery plains of Langham, as seen from Stratford through the stile to Footpaths 1 & 2.

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The fishmonger calls in Langham every Thursday. Click on the photograph for contact details and today's prices!

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Construction of the new footway in School Road

 

 

The promised footway in School Road, to make the walk to school safer for those walking from their homes, or from parking in the Community Centre car park, has begun. Drainage has been the target so far, and kerbstones have also been laid.

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The disruption at a very busy part of our road system is obvious, but the work is being done at an impressive rate!

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Just two of the many potholes around the village this Thursday. A jarring trench outside the school, right, and the quarry-like hole outside Langham Oak Cottage in Park Lane on the left. The whole of Pak Lane seems to be disintegrating!

 

 

To report a fauklt with the highways -

 

http://ehss.essexcc.gov.uk/

 

 -  and select the appropriate category

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4th March 2009

 

 

 

It does look like a secret base for cybermen behind the industrial area in School Road, with aluminium silver boxes appearing, with ducting exiting the roof. The land has been acquired and is being used for storage. Footpath 35 continues along the line of the new steel railing fence, with a gap for access to continue the true line of this footpath towards Wick Road.

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8th March 2009

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A couple of hastily taken shots of the rapidly-changing weather. On the left is the steep edge of a clearance - the cold front being the blue sky. On the right is the fast-disappearing rainbow from a passing squall.

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18th March 2009

 

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A bright morning on the daffodil-laced greensward at the junction of Moor Road and Park Lane.

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25 March 2009

 

 

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The newly-completed business park on Langham Lane at Dove House - 'Langham Barns'

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29 March 2009

 

 

 

 

What  looked like a Megane convertible car caught fire in Park Lane on Sunday evening. The  Fire Brigade seemed to be there very quickly indeed and, although near the Airfield Monument, it was not affected.

 

 

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