Sacombe Green

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Another old Roman road runs through Sacombe Green, a country lane petering into a byway. The old rectory, presumably once attached to Sacombe church which is half a mile away along a footpath, and a big old farm are beautiful. There is a handful of pleasant cottages and some decent views across East Hertfordshire monoculture farmland. Indeed, from Lowgate Lane you can make out a clutch of London skyscrapers.

But the hamlet suffers from some uninspired 20th century houses and functional buildings. And while I like this photograph, Christmas tree nurseries are dull.

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A derelict battery hen farm haunts one end of the hamlet, reminiscent of a concentration camp. The child’s NHS rainbow drawing is incongruous, pinned to one of the battery barns, next to a CCTV warning notice.

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