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Broxbourne. — A favourite fishing quarter, but it is as well to remember that the fishing, like almost all fishing of any value within reach of London, is strictly reserved. Lies rather low and flat, and on clay soil. A special feature in Broxbourne is the “Crown” inn, whither anglers resort, which has a good reputation for creature comforts, and which rather goes in for exclusiveness—” van-parties” not being admissible to any share in its hospitalities. The annual subscription for the fishing over between four and five miles of the Lea, which just at this point begins to be picturesque, is £1 1s.; if for trout, £2 2s. Day tickets: for trout, 5s.; jack, 2s.; bottom fishing, 1s. Rents moderate. From Liverpool-street (43 min.), 1st, 3/3, 4/9; 2nd, 2/3, 3/6; 3rd, 1/6, 2/6.
Charles Dickens (Jr.), Dickens's Dictionary of London, 1879