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Tilty Church nearby
The small Church in Tilty retains part of the once grand Abbey. Other remains, and the monk's fishpond can be seen in the neighbouring field. Maurice Fitz Geoffrey and his overlord Robert de Ferrers, earl of Derby, in the middle of the twelfth century, founded Tilty Abbey. The Dunmow Chronicle tells us that 'the work of St. Mary of Tilty,' that is to say, the building of the church, was begun by Abbot Simon on 16 March, 1188.The abbey appears to have thriven greatly in the next few years, for Ralph of Coggeshall describes this abbot as having from a very poor grange made a most beautiful and opulent abbey in which zeal of religion and secular prudence rivalled each other

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