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STRANGE AND ANCIENT 'MAZE' AT SAFFRON WALDEN: 'LONDON BRIDGE' AT TORQUAY

STRANGE AND ANCIENT 'MAZE' AT SAFFRON WALDEN: 'LONDON BRIDGE' AT TORQUAY

On a common behind Saffron Walden's castle there is an extraordinary mass of curved channels cut in the chalk. Their origin is obscure but certainly very ancient. One antiquary supposed the "maze," as it is called, to have been "a British circus" for exercising soldiers. The "maze" has been scoured several times, notably by the corporation in 1699. Saffron Walden gets its name from the former cultivation of the saffron or autumn crocus, which supplies the saffron of commerce. Above we see the cliff-arch at Torquay called "London Bridge"

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