Thundersley Glen Memories
Use the enlargement button to see a rather splendid view from Thundersley Glen looking east. The photograph is undated but certainly was taken more than sixty years ago. I sent a copy of it to Gwyn Jordan who has lived in Thundersley all his life and knows the particular area very well. He has very kindly allowed me to publish his immediate response to the picture.
“This is a wonderful photo. I have seen it before but I could not lay my hands on it now. It shows the view from what has been known as “Jaspers” (the name of the man who tried to exclude trespassers and protect the area for the owner) the high spot on the bank overlooking the Glen just south of the A13 near Kenneth Road.
My father would carry his deck chair up to this spot from our back garden just to the West of this spot where we had the family poultry farm. Note that there is bracken, grass and a wonderful meadow flora up on this plateau.
We could see right out to the Thames then. It shows how by giving way to the spread of woodland and scrub much due to the loss of grazing rabbits we have lost many wonderful views from the clearings in the woodlands. This area is still a sandy hill but covered with sycamore and oaks and much altered by the building of a mountain bike course and sometimes they have put large white paint marks on the trees too.
This photo is truly important. But mind you the whole of this area is private and when the photo was taken the fencing was a great deterrent to enjoying the site. But all fencing rotted years ago and now many think it is just like the rest of Thundersley Glen.
Great historical shot.
Thank you for this great reminder. Gwyn”
Perhaps this stirs others of you who remember the Thundersley Glen area as it once was?
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