Gillian Darley spans multiple disciplines. She is a historian, anthropologist, topographer, geographer - but definitely not a psychogeographer: she is polite to the expressionism of the Edgelands, perhaps too hasty when you consider how sympathetic she is to the cults and their often twisted nostrils.
What those who are not familiar with the many versions of Essex Darley, but who are familiar with popular misrepresentations of the county, will do with this energetic, almost omniscient work is everyone's guess. It can come as a kind of revelation. Darley's Essex is multi-layered and always counter-intuitive. Much of its character is due to the scarcity of large estates and the resulting non-feudality of its old settlements.
Newer settlements or merged villages such as Silver End...
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