Dating in colchester essex
Southern Upminster was a small part of the vast breadbasket for Gaul and Brittania.
This is how Upminster got so many of its fine, large, 17th - 19th century houses (see places).
The first estate developments were the response, and many of these houses were built on fields sold from the agricultural estates: notice how the larger Victorian and Edwardian houses (again called villas) may be found north of the railway along Hall Lane, Daynecourt Gardens, and so on, whereas the small ones are to the south, e.g. These people needed shops, and this is how we acquired our fine Edwardian shopping terrace (of 1908) just south of the station on Station Road (look up to see the red bricks and the date of the building).
This time, our lack of stone created houses of bricks, which were made, again from land taken from the fields, up at Bird Lane (there was even a small railway line to the works, whose cutting may be found in the back gardens of houses in Clairmont Road). Apart from a few professional soccer players, the most famous people to live in Upminster came with the 17th to 19th century, pre-railway expansion. Derham's papers on the speed of sound (in the Proceedings of the Royal Society), describe how he used paired pocket watches, a telescope up the tower of St.
This is also why the Branfills, of merchant ship fame, ended up in Upminster, a decidedly non-maritime place !
Yet still, the basic economy in the area was agriculture: the London merchants saw their Upminster houses as agricultural investments, in an era when there was not much else to invest one's money in.
The was the era in which Great Tomkyns was built, as an outholding of Upminster Hall; our lack of building stone meant that this fine, but rather standard, 14th century house was made of timber.