WIN a wonderful watercolour original of Matching
- Credit: Archant
James Merriott continues his watercolour tour of the county with a visit to Matching, east of Harlow, which provides him with plenty of inspiration
Of the three Matching villages, I had previously featured Matching Green and Matching Tye some years back for an Essex Life watercolours feature.
Matching itself I had also visited before for commissioned work, but I returned recently for this collection of work.
This whole area east of Harlow and mid-way between the River Thames and the Cambridgeshire border is abundant with picturesque villages and hamlets, but it is Matching which I consider to be the jewel in the crown.
Accessible by way of a lovely country lane from Matching Green, passing ancient roadside trees and lakes, the arrival at the village is stunningly beautiful.
On the green stands a massive oak tree, planted in 1887 commemorating the Silver Jubilee of Queen Victoria, alongside both the church and the quaint Wedding Feast House.
Wonderful subjects in their own right, these three features placed together make for a magnificent composition and I made this my priority to focus on first for this article.
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- 2 Seven Falls, Tintwistle - a hidden gem in the Peak District
- 3 9 Devon pubs and bars with great beer gardens
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- 5 10 great circular walks in Lancashire
- 6 Fish and chips in Cornwall you need to try
- 7 6 waterfall walks in Derbyshire and the Peak District
- 8 Somerset villages: 9 of the prettiest to visit
- 9 15 festivals and shows happening this summer in Devon
- 10 20 of the best restaurants in Hertfordshire
The remaining subjects I selected for this issue were a joy to portray and had much variation. All in all, my visit was very worthwhile and exceptionally enjoyable.
You can contact James at Cottage Corner Art, 9 Byron Road, Hutton, Brentwood CM13 2RU. Call 01277 210728 or visit www.cottagecornerart.co.uk