Thanstead Farm

Thanstead pig farm
(picture from SWOP website)

The site today

Older folk remember well
This farm with all its pigs
But it has been replaced today
With something just as big.
And where the pigs scoffed happily
We humans do the same,
In comfortable surroundings
Now the Papermill its name.

The Papermill/Premier inn was built on the land of Thanstead Farm. A house in Derehams Lane still remembers the farm in its name, with Thanstead Mews situated just behind, accessed from the London Road. The land was likely to have been part of the farm which was once called Upper Derehams Farm on the old maps.
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