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LONDON:
HORACE COX, 346, STRAND, W.C.

1867. -

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TO

THOMAS FREESTON KIRBY, Esq.,

OF

WALTHAMSTOW,

THE WORTHY BEARER OF A NAME EMINENT IN ANGLING ANNALS,

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COLCHESTER LINE.
Stratford (31 miles)
Ilford (7 miles)
Chadwell Heath (94 miles) ......
Romford (12 miles) ..........
Brentwood (174 miles)......
Chelmsford (294 miles) ......
Witham (384 miles)

CAMBRIDGE LINE.
Lea Bridge (54 miles).
Tottenham (7 miles) .....
Park (89 miles) ...........
Angel Road (9 miles)........
Ponder's End (11 miles) ........
Ordnance Factory (137 miles) ...
Waltham (14 miles) ..............
Cheshunt (16 miles) ........
Broxbourne (19 miles) ...............
Rye House (209 miles).............
St. Margaret's (22 miles)............
Mardocks (247 miles) ..............
Widford (257 miles)..................
Hadham (27 miles)
Standon (31 miles) .........
Braughing (324 miles).........
West Mill (341 miles) .......
Buntingford (354 miles) ............
Ware (24 miles)......
Hertford (26 miles)
Roydon (22 miles).............
Burnt Mill (241 miles) ................
Harlow (267 miles) ............
Såwbridgeworth (281 miles) ......
Bishops Stortford (324 miles) ...

WOODFORD BRANCH.
Snaresbrook (77 miles) ............
George Lane (8ị miles) ............
Woodford (97 miles) ...............
Buckhurst Hill (100 miles).........
Loughton (12 miles).............
Chigwell Lane (131 miles) ......)
Ongar (237 miles) ....................

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PREFACE.

The contents of the following pages are practical in the strictest sense. They deal alone in particulars, and avoid all generalities. Each resort to which the angler may go is given, as near as it is possible, to a foot superficial upon the banks of the waters mentioned, and the depth of each individual swim is particularised by actual measurement. With this work in hand, or a few memoranda culled therefrom, the fisher may trace his way on either side the streams-stop here or there to fish for roach or chub, for jack or perch, for dace or gudgeons, and even for bleak or minnows, with a degree of certainty and a saving of time, which no book has ever endeavoured, in the slightest degree, to approach. This attempt, indeed, is one of a very bold nature, but it has been done carefully and conscientiously, step by step, and day by day, revised, reconsidered, referred to this and that owner of fisheries, scrutinised by many anglers, and, again, to make assurance doubly sure, compared with the actual places spoken of in all their phases and details. In a word, it is confidently believed to be as near perfection as it is possible to attain ; but its author would have the reader bear in mind that the mean height, or what is termed the customary volume of the waters—not in floods or in dry seasons—has been taken as the standard of measurement of the depth of holes, swims, &c.,

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