Epping Forest - High Beach area (3) Location map
  Scene showing the Church of the Holy Innocents, High Beach, Epping Forest, Essex, England   The Church of the Holy Innocents, High Beach.

This beautiful church, surrounded by forest, was rebuilt in 1873 replacing an earlier church in Church Road. It is, however, well worth visiting.

Tennyson, the poet, lived in High Beach at Beech Hill Park between 1837 and 1840 and it was in this churchyard where he wrote part of the poem "In Memoriam".


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  Near High Beach in Autumn showing Giant Horsetail (Equisetum telmateia), Epping Forest, Essex, England   Epping Forest in Autumn showing, in the bottom right corner, some Giant Horsetail (Equisetum telmateia).

It was in this forest that Dick Turpin, the notorious highwayman, plied his 'trade' for many years.



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  View from High Beach looking over the Lea Valley towards London, Epping Forest, Essex, Great Britain   This view from High Beach looks out over the Lea Valley to London beyond.

You can get refreshments of varying types here as there is a pub and at least one permanent tea stall and plenty of free parking.

If you look around this area you'll see some sandy patches, part of the Bagshot Beds, and this is why this area is called High Beach. These sands and gravels are approximately 50 million years old.

You will notice that the tree line splits the distant view into two sections. Near the centre of the right hand part you may notice, just above the tree line, a small light church shaped object - that is Waltham Abbey (easier to see in the larger view).

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  Photograph of a pollarded Beech in Epping Forest, Essex, England   A pollarded Beech in Epping Forest.

Pollarding actually extends the life of the tree, although it wasn't done for that reason, and although a Beech tree would normally have an expected life span of 200-300 years there is a Beech pollard in Epping Forest that is estimated to be over 1000 years old.


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  Lichen (Cladonia sp.) in Epping Forest, Essex, England   Lichen (Cladonia sp.) in Epping Forest.





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