Aspects of History through the eyes of a small
The little settlement of Stifford has existed
here in the county of Essex for at least 1,000
What is left of the heart of the old English
village of North Stifford still survives today, against all the
odds, on the edge of an urban landscape.
READ ABOUT centuries of village history entwined
with the history of old England - PLUS over 200
Book - The Idyll in the Middyl
£15 each plus £3
postage/delivery to UK (total cost £18)
FREE delivery to North Stifford Village
Book - The Idyll in the Middyl - £15
Also available at
Thurrock Thameside Complex Reception
- Thurrock Garden Centre, South Ockendon - Swan Books, Upminster
Interview with Jan on a very
windy village fete day
The Idyll in the Middyl
This lovely souvenir book of North Stifford
Village comprises 112 large pages printed in full colour
with over 200 pictures. It tells the story of this
little English village through the ages and how some of
the notable historical events of old England would have
affected day-to-day life in the village.
If you love old buildings and thatched cottages and
tales of the past, you will love 'The Idyll in the
This is a story book, a
picture book, a history book and a local history
book - and we even throw in a few poems by The
Read about thatched cottages, old buildings and
manor houses, past and present, St. Mary's church,
and the surrounding countryside of Davy Down, the
Mardyke River Valley and The Field of Peace.
Read about witches, the village ghost,
stagecoaches, pilgrims, the stocks,
war time, Ardale Approved School, and the
village's connection to The Reformation and The Domesday
Then there is wife selling, climbing
boys, dong farmers, The Broderers, the
chalk pits, early local enterprise,
and much, much more about life in a bygone age.
This historical treasury tells the story of the heart of
an old English village as it has survived against all
the odds in the middle of Thurrock's ever expanding
urban landscape, and also gives a fascinating snapshot
of this little village into the 21st century.
Also featured: Stifford Lodge
(now The Park Inn), Coppid Hall, The Stepney Children's Home,
Ford Place, The Dog and Partridge pub (formerly 'Lovelands'
and then 'The Clockhouse'), Belhus Cricket Club,
The Whitmores, and how wig powder was taxed to buy
Cliff and Jan Cowin, the authors, designers and
publishers of 'The Idyll in the Middyl' have lived in
the little village of North Stifford since 1984. They
have spent three years researching and writing this book
in their spare time. They hope that this 21st
century book about North Stifford will help to secure
the future of the village and protect it from further
development by explaining how important it is to
preserve the few precious remaining treasures of the
past that still remain, hanging on by their teeth, in
the middle of this industrialised and highly populated
area of southeast England.
21st June 2012
My pen pal (since
1959) Vicki Covill who lives in Davy Downs
Cottage sent me a copy of your book. It was so
nice to read the history and see all the
pictures. I visited in 2008 and it was fun to
see familiar places again.
I am from Bloomington, Indiana in the United
States. I have shown your book to my family and
friends. It's a hit "across the pond"!