06 March, 2013

Stansted Mountfitchet

Keep the pavement dry! The Gilbey family donated a water fountain to the village of Stansted Mountfitchet in Essex and emblazoned it with their shield and the motto stated above. If it's the same family who made the gin why did they give a water fountain? Although perhaps on special occasions it ran with gin... Maybe one of those special occasions was the coronation of our own Queen and a memorial stone with the simple inscription "Elizabeth II 2nd June 1953" marked out a bus stop with admirable utility. The village had a number of old houses and pubs including this splendid old house. There are also other historic items around including a Great Eastern Railway fireplace in the station and this milestone

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