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Village Shop to Willow Hall (Wratting Road)

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 On the right just over the crossroads is the Estate Office (built as a village school in 1878). Further along are the school cottages built in 1882-3 and a former foundry in the cottage set back from the road. The last house on the right in this row is Hill House, with a distinctive rounded end and a high dormer window; this comprised both the estate offices and the residence of the agent in the time of the Smith family.

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On the left are the extensive playing-field facilities, with a children’s play area, swings , football and cricket pitches, tennis courts, a bowling green and a pavilion. The playing-fields themselves were laid down by Ronald Vestey in 1954. There are some handsome chestnuts and limes near the entrance. Beyond the playing fields is a lake (which was dug in 1959-60) belonging to Thurlow Estate; the lake is private but some of the waterfowl can usually be seen (and heard) over the hedge or from the gates by the road. There is a heronry in the trees beyond, handily placed for the lake and the river, of course.

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The last house on the right, quite a way further on as you leave the village, is Willow Hall which was built by the Smith family in 1882, originally as two cottages.

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The beech avenues that lead out of Great Thurlow along this road and along the Withersfield and Bury Roads (Walks 1 and 2) were planted in 1977 for the Queen’s Jubilee.

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