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.
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