This cache is located in Stow Maries, Essex.
The place-name 'Stow Maries' is first attested in the Feet of Fines for 1230, where it appears as Stowe. In a Feudal aid of 1420, it appears as Stowe Mareys. The name means 'place belonging to the Marisc family'. (Robert de Marisc held the manor in 1250. The name comes from Marais in France, meaning 'marsh' – the words are cognate.)
Stow Maries is perhaps most famous for (although technically located in the Parish of Cold Norton) its aerodrome, which was established in September 1916 during the First World War for the Royal Flying Corps. By 1919 the need for airfields lessened and Stow Maries was closed. The site was considered for development as an airfield during the Second World War but concluded unsuitable due to the clay soil. Even though not opened, it played a role nonetheless, being bombed by the Luftwaffe and used as an emergency landing site by a damaged Hurricane fighter plane.
Stow St Mary Halt was a railway station in the Parish, located on the Woodham Ferrers to Maldon branch line. It closed in 1939. The track has been removed and the area and an adjoining meadow are now managed as Stow Maries Halt nature reserve by the Essex Wildlife Trust.
The parish church has a 14th-century chancel and a 15th-century nave that was extended in the 16th century. Some refurbishment took place in 1870. The north vestry was added in 1912 and rebuilt in 1950.
If anybody would like to expand the Village Sign Series, please do. I would ask that you let Smokeypugs know first at www.villagesignseries.co.uk so they can keep track of the Village Sign numbers and names to avoid duplication.