Brocket Way, IG7

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Brocket in Late Middle English denoted any red deer stag in its second year, with straight antlers. It was applied here because of the long association between deer and the medieval Hainault Forest, which for centuries covered large swathes of Essex and served as a royal hunting ground. It was kept well stocked with game managed by officers of the king. Through the 18thCentury, there was a stag hunt every Easter Monday, but that practice was discontinued in 1807. Fallow deer, the descendants of those hunted by earlier monarchs, still roamed the forest during the years of the Regency, though by 1839 poaching had significantly reduced the numbers of deer in the forest. The fences surrounding the forest soon fell into disrepair allowing remaining deer to wander out and feed on the crops of local farmers. After the deforestation of Hainault Forest in 1851 the few remaining deer were taken to Windsor. The land was converted to farming, and eventually housing. This street was laid out in the first half of the 20thCentury.

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