Above is a wonderful picture of Epping High Street from c1905 with a man posing for the camera, leaning against the famous water fountain erected in 1887.

On the left can be seen the wrought-iron gates leading to the Archimedean Ironworks owned by the Cottis family who were once the town's largest employer.

Cottis were well known for making agricultural tools and machinery.

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