The church is large for such a small village and stands proudly on the top of the hill at South Weald, two miles from Brentwood in the English county of Essex. The Saxons settled here and the place is mentioned in the Domesday Book. St Peter’s is the mother church of the neighbourhood and until the middle of the 19th century, Brentwood, with its chapel, came under the jurisdiction of South Weald. The present church dates from about 1150, although the South Door with its chevron ornamentation is the sole remaining Norman feature. The present Memorial Chapel at the end of the south aisle was originally Weald Hall Chapel. Within it are commemorated former holders of the manor of South Weald. Sir Anthony Browne, the founder of Brentwood School, Erasmus Smith and the Tower family are all represented. The latter were the local squires from 1752 onward.
I walk a short way alongside Weald Road before entering South Weald Country Park.
Weald Country Park is a 700-year-old, 500 acre (2 km²) country park.
Weald manor, parts of which dated to the 16th century, was bought by Sir Anthony Browne in 1547 and he died at Weald Hall in 1567. In 1685, Erasmus Smith bought it from Sir William Scroggs. The current layout is largely the result of landscaping carried out in the naturalistic manner of Capability Brown for Hugh Smith, lord of the manor from 1732 to 1745. In 1752, the estate was sold to Thomas Tower of Iver in Buckinghamshire, a lawyer and MP for Wareham in Dorset. Christopher Tower succeeded as the owner in 1778 and immediately commissioned Robert Adam to design a new dining room. On his death in 1810, his son, Christopher Thomas Tower, succeeded until 1867; he enlarged the estate and enclosed some commons as "waste".
The park is now managed by Essex County Council.
|Giant Redwood Trees|
We cross Coxtie Green Road and take a path almost directly opposite.
We exit out onto Pilgrims Lane and walk up a short way to St Paul Church in Mores Lane, Bentley.
Coming out onto Pilgrims Lane again and past a lovely house near to Pilgrims Hall.
Well I wasn't go back through that mud, so I let here walk off and I walk down the path from where she came. More mud and loads of it, created it would seem by the numerous deer I saw here. The mud was covered in their hoof marks.
we eventually came to a gate where again I had to pick Ben up and lift him over, but we were back in the park and on a path.
If I do this walk again I'll know where I went wrong, I'd do it in the summer when there is little chance of mud and Id walk up Coxtie Green Road to Mores Lane and up to the church avoiding those stiles!