Toot Hill, Essex

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Toot Hill
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Population817 
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51°42′02″N0°11′31″E / 51.70059°N 0.19194°E / 51.70059; 0.19194 Coordinates: 51°42′02″N0°11′31″E / 51.70059°N 0.19194°E / 51.70059; 0.19194

Toot Hill is a village in the Stanford Rivers civil parish in the Epping Forest district of Essex, England. It is 2.3 miles (4 km) south-west of Chipping Ongar and 3.5 miles (6 km) east of Epping. Toot Hill is less than a mile from the small hamlet of Clatterford End.

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The Toot Hill Country Show [1] (held a short distance away at Stanford Rivers) has taken place each year since 1953.

History

Toot Hill may originally have been part of the parish of High Ongar, and may have become part of Stanford Rivers about 1280. Like many other towns in this area Toot Hill is made up mainly of scattered farms and cottages.[ citation needed ]

Does Farm in Toot Hill. The farmhouse at Does Farm - geograph.org.uk - 723270.jpg
Does Farm in Toot Hill.

Does Farm here is of late 16th-century origin, faced with brickwork in the 19th century. Also at Toot Hill is a small cottage with one gabled cross-wing which may be of the 16th century or earlier. [2]

In or before 1863 a sub-post office was established at Toot Hill. [2] By the 1950s the post office operated inside a village shop, selling basic groceries and newspapers, which were also delivered to customers' homes in Toot Hill and the surrounding hamlets, by the shopkeeper.[ citation needed ]

There was a windmill at Toot Hill in the 19th century. It was built about 1824. In 1829 it was badly damaged by lightning and the miller was seriously injured. The mill was soon working again and continued to operate until about 1900. It was finally demolished in 1935. It was a wooden post-mill turned by hand. The mill stood on the north side of the road leading to Greensted Green. [2]

The railway from Epping to Chipping Ongar passes less than 1 mile beyond the north of the village. Blake Hall station, important when it was opened principally as a goods yard for transporting agricultural produce from the nearby farms into London. [3] was the closest to Toot Hill, but the goods yard was closed in 1966 and the station was closed to passengers in 1981 (and sold subsequently for residential use). [4] The railway stations at North Weald and Blake Hall were opened when the line to Chipping Ongar was completed in 1865. [5]

In 1921 a village parish room was established to accommodate meetings and events.[ citation needed ]

After 1945, council houses were gradually built in Toot Hill, particularly the areas on both sides of the Green Man public house. Electricity was supplied in part to the village in early 1951. [2]

Geography

The land in the village varies in height from about 100 ft. above sea-level in the south to over 300 ft. at Toot Hill in the north-west. The River Roding forms the eastern and southern boundaries of the parish. A stream flows east across the north of the parish to join the Roding at Wash Bridge. Several smaller streams join the river farther south. Toot Hill is surrounded by large open fields and arable farms. Some farms include areas dedicated to equestrian development. [2]

It is located 2.3 miles (4 km) south-west of Chipping Ongar and 3.5 miles (6 km) east of Epping. It is in the civil parish of Stanford Rivers. It is close to neighbouring towns and villages such as Greensted Green, Greensted, North Weald, Bobbingworth, Bovinger, Clatterford End, Stanford Rivers, Little End and Chipping Ongar.

Governance

Toot Hill is represented at Westminster by Alex Burghart, MP for Brentwood and Ongar.

In the 2015 local elections the Conservatives won 52% of the vote.

Toot Hill is represented on the Essex County Council under the Ongar & Rural division of the Epping Forest district. In the 2017 county council elections the Conservative candidate won the division seat with 68.2% of the vote, followed by the Liberal Democrats with 12.6%. Further losing candidates were those of Labour and Co-operative, UK Independence Party, and English Democrats whose candidate was Robin Tilbrook. The Conservative candidate held the seat with a swing of +5.5%.

The village of Toot Hill is governed locally by the Stanford Rivers Parish Council, a group of seven parish councilors representing Toot Hill, Clatterford End, Stanford Rivers and Little End. The parish council organises events including the Country Show. [6] [ failed verification ]

Culture and community

The Green Man public house The 'Green Man' public house - geograph.org.uk - 704525.jpg
The Green Man public house

The village public house is The Green Man; it was burned down in 1896 but rebuilt in 1907. [7]

Toot Hill's disused phone box has been transformed into an information kiosk with leaflets on attractions in Essex and London, telephone numbers and a map of the local area. Inside is a small stool and table. [8]

The Essex Way footpath runs through Toot Hill from Epping to Harwich.

The Toot Hill Country Show takes place each year on the first Saturday in August. In recent years the show has relocated three miles to the west to a field at Stanford Rivers. In 2013 the village show celebrated its 60th year. Attractions include vintage cars, animals, food and ales.

Toot Hill has an 18 hole, Par 70 golf course measuring 6254 yards. Construction of the course started in 1989 and it was open for play in September 1991. The Clubhouse was converted from an original farmhouse.

Transport

Bus of the Epping Ongar Railway heritage bus route 381 that includes Toot Hill London Bus Company bus (HKL 836), EOR route 381, 20 July 2013.jpg
Bus of the Epping Ongar Railway heritage bus route 381 that includes Toot Hill

There are two bus stops in the village. [9] Bus services are provided by Regal Busways and NIBS Buses. Most buses through the village operate from Ongar to Epping, Epping to Harlow or Ongar to Harlow.

The nearest station to Toot Hill is Epping which is served by the Central line. The closest National Rail service is from Harlow Town, which is served by the West Anglia Main Line and is operated by Abellio Greater Anglia. Previously, the nearest station was Blake Hall which lies at the north of the parish and 450 yards (400 m) north from Greensted Green in Ongar, between North Weald and Ongar stations.

Two country roads lead into and run through the village: Epping Road and Toot Hill Road. Epping Road leads from Epping and ends opposite the Green Man Pub. From then on, the main road is Toot Hill Road which leads to Ongar and connects at two points on Greensted Road.

Notable people

Olly Murs (b.1984), an English singer, songwriter, television presenter and actor. Finalist on the sixth series of the X-Factor in 2009. Murs has sold over 10 million records worldwide. [10]

Related Research Articles

Blake Hall tube station

Blake Hall is a disused former station on the London Underground in the civil parish of Stanford Rivers, and south from the village of Bobbingworth in Essex, approximately 24 miles (39 km) northeast of Charing Cross. It was latterly on the Central line, between North Weald and Ongar, but was originally served by the Epping to Ongar shuttle service branch line.

North Weald railway station

North Weald railway station is on the Epping Ongar Railway, a heritage railway, located in North Weald, Essex.

Epping Forest District Non-metropolitan district in England

Epping Forest is a local government district in Essex, England. Situated in the west of the county, bordering northeastern Greater London, it is named after, and contains a large part of, Epping Forest.

Chipping Ongar Human settlement in England

Chipping Ongar is a small market town in the civil parish of Ongar, in the Epping Forest District of the county of Essex, England. It is located 6 miles (10 km) east of Epping, 7 miles (11 km) southeast of Harlow and 7 miles (11 km) northwest of Brentwood. For population details taken at the 2011 Census see under the civil parish of Ongar.

Greensted Human settlement in England

Greensted is a village in the Ongar civil parish of Essex, England, strung out along the Greensted Road approximately one mile to the west of Chipping Ongar.

Abridge Human settlement in England

Abridge is a village in Essex, England. It is on the River Roding, 16 miles (26 km) southwest of the county town of Chelmsford. The village is in the district of Epping Forest and in the parliamentary constituency of Brentwood and Ongar. It is part of the civil parish of Lambourne and is served by Lambourne Parish Council.

Stapleford Abbotts Human settlement in England

Stapleford Abbotts is a village and civil parish in the Epping Forest district of Essex, approximately 9 km (5.6 mi) SW of Ongar, 7 km (4.3 mi) N of Romford and 8 km (5.0 mi) SSE of Epping. The whole parish is within the M25 motorway. The village covers 957 hectares and had a population of 959 in 2001, increasing to 1,008 at the 2011 Census.

North Weald Human settlement in England

North Weald is a village in the civil parish of North Weald Bassett in the Epping Forest district of Essex, England. The village is within the North Weald Ridges and Valleys landscape area.

Ongar, Essex Human settlement in England

Ongar is a civil parish in the Epping Forest District in Essex, England. Other than the town of Chipping Ongar it also includes Greensted, Greensted Green, Marden Ash and Shelley. The local council of the parish is Ongar Town Council. Located approximately 21 miles north-east of London, it is a partially developed parish with large sections of open land.

Hundred of Ongar was an ancient hundred in the west of the county of Essex, England. Hundred of Ongar was centred on the town of Chipping Ongar.

Stanford Rivers Human settlement in England

Stanford Rivers is a village and civil parish in the Epping Forest district of Essex, England. The parish, which is approximately 11 miles (18 km) west from the county town of Chelmsford, contains the village of Toot Hill and the hamlet of Little End, both settlements larger than Stanford Rivers village, and the hamlet of Clatterford End. The village is 2.0 miles (3 km) south-east of Chipping Ongar, 3 miles (5 km) south-west of North Weald Bassett and 3 miles north-west of Kelvedon Hatch. The parish covers an area of 1,749 hectares.

Fyfield, Essex Human settlement in England

Fyfield is a village and civil parish in the Epping Forest district of Essex, England.

Epping, Essex Town and parish in Essex, England

Epping is a market town and civil parish in the Epping Forest district of the County of Essex, England. The town is 17 miles (30 km) northeast from the centre of London, is surrounded by the northern end of Epping Forest, and on a ridge of land between the River Roding and River Lea valleys.

Shelley, Essex Human settlement in England

Shelley is a partly rural village and partly residential conurbation in the Ongar civil parish of the Epping Forest district of Essex, England.

Greensted Green Human settlement in England

Greensted Green is hamlet in the Ongar civil parish of the Epping Forest District, in the English county of Essex. It is positioned at the western end of Greensted, slightly above 2 miles to the west of Chipping Ongar.

Clatterford End, Stanford Rivers Human settlement in England

Clatterford End is hamlet in the civil parish of Stanford Rivers, and in the Epping Forest District of Essex, England. The hamlet is situated between the parish villages of Toot Hill and Stanford Rivers. It should not be confused with Clatterford End, Fyfield or Clatterford End, High Easter.

Hastingwood Human settlement in England

Hastingwood is a hamlet in the North Weald Bassett civil parish of the Epping Forest district of Essex, England. The hamlet is centred on the junction of Hastingwood Road, which runs southwest to the A414 road and the Hastingwood Junction 7 of the M11 motorway, and Mill Street, which runs north to Harlow Common and Potter Street. Nearby settlements include the town of Harlow, North Weald and the hamlet of Foster Street.

Colliers Hatch Human settlement in England

Colliers Hatch, is a hamlet in the civil parish of Stapleford Tawney in the Epping Forest district of the county of Essex, England. It is approximately 2 miles (3 km) east of Epping, 3.5 miles (6 km) west of Chipping Ongar and 7 miles (11 km) north of Romford. Colliers Hatch is 0.5 miles (0.8 km) north of the hamlet of Tawney Common, also in the Stapleford Tawney parish.

North Weald Bassett Human settlement in England

North Weald Bassett is a civil parish in the district of Epping Forest, Essex, England.

Tawney Common Human settlement in England

Tawney Common also known as Woodhatch, is a hamlet in the civil parish of Stapleford Tawney in the Epping Forest district of the county of Essex, England. It is approximately 2.5 miles (4 km) east of Epping, 4 miles (6 km) west of Chipping Ongar and 13 miles (20 km) west from the county town of Chelmsford. Stapleford Tawney is approximately 2 miles (3 km) to the south. Tawney Common is south of the hamlet of Collier's Hatch, also in the Stapleford Tawney parish.

References

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  2. 1 2 3 4 5 W.R.Powell (Ed.). "Stanford Rivers: Introduction". A History of the County of Essex: Volume 4, Ongar Hundred. Originally published by Victoria County History, London, 1956. Institute of Historical Research, University of London. pp. 208–210. Retrieved 26 July 2018.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)
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  6. "Meet the Councillors of Stanford Rivers Parish".
  7. "History of the Green Man Pub". The Bower & Collier Family History.
  8. "Toot Hill phone box becomes tourist information kiosk".
  9. "Buses in Toot Hill".
  10. "Olly Murs interview".