A View of Epping Forest

A View of Epping Forest

by Nicholas Hagger


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Epping Forest was given to the public in 1878. It has many historical and literary associations involving, for example, Harold II, Henry VIII, Elizabeth I, Shakespeare, Tennyson, Clare and Churchill.

Nicholas Hagger came to Epping Forest during the war. As a boy he knew Sir William Addison, long recognised as an authority on the Forest, and saw Churchill speak in his village in 1945. He grew up against the background of the Forest and visited it regularly when he was living elsewhere. He returned and became the proprietor of three private schools in the area, founding his own school in 1989.

The Forest has come into many of his poems and other works.

Using a technique of objective narrative he developed in other works and drawing on personal experience to give the flavour of a personal memoir, he evokes the spirit of the Forest through its best-loved places and wildlife, and brings the Forest alive through his historical perspective, evocation of Nature and vivid writing.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781846945878
Publisher: Hunt, John Publishing
Publication date: 05/16/2012
Pages: 443
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Prologue: History Shaping Places 1

Part One The Roding Valley and the Stirrings of History 7

1 Celts and Romans 8

2 Anglo-Saxons and Normans 40

3 Medievals and Tudors 63

4 Enclosers and Loppers 80

Part Two Forest Places 99

5 Loughton 100

6 Chigwell, Woodford and Buckhurst Hill 139

7 Waltham Abbey, High Beach and Upshire 171

8 Epping and the Theydons 212

9 Chingford Plain 252

Epilogue: A Unified view of Epping Forest's History and Places 271

Timeline 277


1 LiDAR maps of Epping Forest Places 284

2 Epping Forest Places and Nicholas Hagger's Poems 288

Notes and References 376

Bibliography/Reading List 398

Index 405

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