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View from Mad Bess Wood over the Parish of Harefield

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Mad Bass Wood,  part of the Ruislip Woods, is of course a very intriguing name for this wood, but unfortunately, nobody remembers the origin. Quoting the book Ruislip Past: "Here is an intriguing name, but alas, with no explanation of its origin, although many have been made up by fertile imaginations"

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