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OLD HERTFORDSHIRE TOWN OF WARE BY THE BANKS OF THE LEA

OLD HERTFORDSHIRE TOWN OF WARE BY THE BANKS OF THE LEA

The Cambridge Road from London comes to Ware by way of Broxbourne, and the river flows by the south side of the town. Ware has been for many years the chief malting centre in Hertfordshire, and it makes bricks as well. Ware Priory is a large house built on the site of a Franciscan monastery, some of whose remains are still to be seen there. Pepys several times mentions passing through this place on his way to and from Cambridge, and Harrison Ainsworth makes Dick Turpin gallop through on his ride to York. The Saracen's Head inn used to contain an enormous oak four-poster called the Great Bed of Ware, to which Shakespeare and Byron allude. It was transferred to Rye House, two miles away, in 1869.

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