1927 Tour 011

(If continuing the tour, reverse this section)

From Dedham the main road up the hill runs to Ardleigh, and enters Colchester by East Hill.  This good old market town is one of the most interesting places in the kingdom.  Its streets are quite a quarry for seekers of ancient churches and inns, of doorways with delicate porches, and comfortable bow-windows.  There are Roman relics and a castle as well, and the town is rich in memories of Old King Cole, Cymbeline, Boadicea, and the Emperor Claudius.  The Mersea road to Abberton, and thence to Maldon, is within easy reach of the Essex islands and flats, to be seen on Mersea and along the mouth of the Blackwater River.  In the opposite direction is the fine brick structure of Layer Marney Tower, belonging to the early sixteenth century.  Round by Maldon and Witham, up towards the River Ter near Terling, and as far as Little Leighs, will reveal more attractive country before we gain the highway that leads to Chelmsford.

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