Plaistow in the Sussex Weald
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They say Plaistow is seven miles from nowhere, and visitors winding their way through endless wooded country lanes soon discover why. Incidentally, it is pronounced 'plas', not 'play' or 'plar'. Plaistow is a quintessential English village, with a green, a pond, a pub, a shop, a school and a church, all in the centre and boasting more than thirty listed homes and buildings.
The village of Plaistow was first recorded on an Assize Role of 1271. It is not mentioned in Domesday Book. However, flint, arrowheads and knives have been found within the village, suggesting that hunting took place and some form of settlement was here during the Bronze Age.
There is a hill at the western side of Plaistow called Nell Ball (Waymark 2), on the top of which, it is said, Nell Gwynne, mistress of Charles II, planted the original elm tree. A trig point is situated near the top and it has been used as a Beacon Site for special occasions.
This is a gentle five miles through woods, on quiet paths and bridleways and past picturesque farmhouses and cottages.
In spring, the blubells are incredible, especially at WP11 - take your camera!
England - South England - West Sussex - Countryside
Birds, Church, Flowers, Good for Kids, Great Views, Mostly Flat, Pub, Wildlife, Woodland
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