History of Lexden

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Lexden Snippets

When researching for this website we often find a little snippet of information on a location or subject which may be of interest. Some are quirky, some show that there is nothing new in this world, and some about the attitudes and morals of the time. [index to snippets] Here's one for Lexden on a sporting drug scandal.

Times 8 October 1817

A young man named Nicolson undertook to walk 100 miles in 26 hours, at Lexden-heath, Essex. He commenced Tuesday morning and having before shown considerable powers in pedestrianism, opinion was generally in favour of his getting through the task; but after going 25 miles in 5 hours, he bagan to fall off, feeling extreme stupor and drowsiness, insomuch that he resigned the undertaking when he had only gone 44 miles in 12 hours.

Two medical men have given their confident opinion "That Nicolson's failure was owing to the effect of some dealy narcotic," and which is supposed to have been artfully administered.

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Lexden - Cary's New and Correct English Atlas, 1798

Lexden - First Series Ordnance Survey Map 1805

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