Traditional ways

If you drive east out of Southend-on-Sea you’ll reach the coast within ten minutes; walk south and you’ll be in the Thames estuary. Head north and you are in an out-on-a-limb strip of flatlands bounded on three sides by water: the River Crouch, the River Roach and Paglesham Creek. It is here on a Sunday you can see plenty of cyclists, motor bikes and trotting horses with traps whizzing up and down the lanes. It’s quite a sight.

There’s a pub where the road runs out at Paglesham Eastend. It has a small car park of the regular sort next to the pub and then another over the road behind a tall hedge – like this.

Plough & Sail car park

Gypsy gold does not chink and glitter.
It gleams in the sun and neighs in the dark.

~ Attributed to travellers from the Claddagh area of Galway

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Posted on September 22, 2011, in Horse racing, Photography and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. My mum lived in the house behind the Plough & Sail for about 5 years. It had a fantastic garden. We used to visit at the weekends and used to cycle past the boatyard all the time

  2. That’s reminded me – I took photos in the boatyard for a sibling (peculiar boat lust). I should put them up.

    Your mum is quality – I should like to live behind the Plough & Sail.

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