I'm sure many of us are guilty of not paying attention to what is close to home - I know I certainly am. I have travelled to London to visit "The Tower" and various palaces. I've been to Scotland and seen a Castle or two. I've also been to Yorkshire, Devon and Cheddar where I've explored caves/caverns but I don't often stop to think about things right on my door-step.
Right here in the borough where I live (Thurrock) they discovered a Woolly Mammoth (in Aveley). There were archaeological digs at Mucking (oh that was a very muddy school trip) and we have two forts on the banks of the river Thames - Tilbury Fort and Coalhouse Fort. A big chunk of the land that borders the Thames near to where I live was at one time owned by the Boleyn family in Tudor times and going further back in time to the reign of Richard II we had several leaders of the Peasant's Revolt (1381 - poll tax revolt) allegedly living in the Fobbing area.
Just across the border from Fobbing in the next borough we have Wat Tyler Park which has been designated a site of significant interest and if you take a look at the park website via the link you'll see that there has been stuff going on there since around the Bronze age.
Now I'm sure you are all wondering where I'm going with this...well...I have a few days off and as the weather was beautiful today, I went for a wander.
I haven't been to Wat Tyler park since before my niece got married and I have to say that there have been a number of changes, many of which I have snapped so that I could share them on here - get a very long cool drink because there are a load of photos...
The tide was in...