1927 Tour 013

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The corner of upper Essex in the neighbourhood of Saffron Walden, Thaxted, Great Bardfield and Finchingfield, and up to the ridge of the Cambridgeshire border, is a delightful ground for wandering.  Many little hills and shallow valleys ensure a constant change of scene, there are plenty of trees, and the roads and lanes, which wind a good deal, are always pretty.  The tranquility of the scene helps to bring the feeling of being in the very heart of the country, while the traveller passes by little white villages, patches of pasture, and fine corn lands.  As the district lies on the chalk, the old buildings are often of plaster.  This material gave scope to local craftsmen, who fashioned it into patterns, and panels, and modelled reliefs.  Such work is constantly in evidence, and the house in Church Street, Saffron Walden, formerly the Sun Inn and a headquarters of Cromwell, has notable examples of plaster ornamentation.

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