A History of the County of Essex

A History of the County of Essex

Volume X Lexden Hundred (Part) including Dedham, Earls Colne and Wivenhoe

Edited by Janet Cooper

Hardback
$165.00

Victoria County History

Overview

Overview

Volume ten of the Essex series explores the area of Lexden Hundred to the north and west of Colchester. Historically dominated by Colchester, the area includes three small towns of noteworthy character: Dedham, Wivenhoe, and Earl's Colne.
Volume ten of the Essex series explores the area of Lexden Hundred to the north and west of Colchester. Since the 19th century the area has been renowned for its landscapes, made famous by the painter John Constable. The low hills and valleys, particularly Constable's own Dedham Vale, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, have attracted increasing numbers of tourists, as well as other artists, chief among them Sir Alfred Munnings.
Throughout its history the area has been dominated by Colchester and the economy has been almost entirely agricultural, with much of its produce serving the borough's market. The coming of the railway in the 19th century enabled farmers to diversify into market gardening and seed production for customers in London and beyond.
There are three small towns with strongly marked characters. Dedham, an important centre for the cloth trade from the 15th to the 18th century, and a market town by the late 16th century, has a rich variety of timber-framed and brick-fronted buildings. Wivenhoe was a port serving Colchester and had a ship-building industry from the 16th century. Earl's Colne, a failed medieval market town, grew in the 19th century after the establishment of R. Hunt and Co.'s Atlas Engineering Works, which continued into the 1980s.

Details

January 2001
53 black and white, 46 line illustrations
395 pages
30.4x20.4 cm
Victoria County History
ISBN: 9780197227954
Format: Hardback
Victoria County History
BIC HBLL
BISAC HIS037030
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