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The hind is a female deer, the name has been applied here because of the long association between game 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 their numbers. 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, and the land converted to farming. This street was laid out during the 20thCentury on former woodland which converted to farmland, before its later development for housing.

 

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