LUSH men walking this time were Richard, Pete H, Melvin, John and me and we went to Sawbridgeworth. We walked south from the station along the Stort towpath to Harlow Mill and then turned back past David Beckham‘s house and back to Sawbridgeworth. Here we explored the antique stalls around the Maltings and I found a Claris Cliff plate for Sheila. About 4 miles.
I think the Beckhams have put their house up for sale – for £18 million or so. I shall be sorry to see them leave. He and I were both at the same school in Chingford and David and Posh have children whose names connect with where we live and our grandchild. So much in common.
Sawbridgeworth was surprisingly pretty with quaint old houses unlike Harlow, it’s southern neighbour. Richard says it once was a very rich town, presumably because of the maltings. These buildings, alongside the Stort, now house the antique outlets – rather like Battlesbridge. Sawbridgeworth is now a commuter town with a fast link to Liverpool Street. A bit too quiet though, and lots of empty shops.