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My #MMEssexXmas – Ingatestone

Gaynor Taylor - Senior Designer and Director at Mansfield Monk | 3rd December 2021 | Blog
Blog - Ingatestone

Ingatestone has been the home of Mansfield Monk for just over 20 years. Consolidating our London and Brentwood office in 2001 we found the ideal studio space on the edge of the high street which offered our practice large, open, well lit spaces ideal for our vision of a collaborative design hub. 

Many of you will probably not have heard of Ingatestone, a small village in Essex.  The name means ‘Ing at the Stone’, the suffix distinguishing it from nearby settlements that also formed part of the manor of Ing. Today it has great transport links, another factor in the selection of our office location, with easy access to the M25 for travelling to our clients based around the south east and a direct train link to central London.

For me Ingatestone is not just my place of work – it offers me the opportunity to enjoy the benefits of a small but varied high street.  It encourages me to take a walk at lunchtime, grab a bite to eat or a coffee and browse some of the great independent shops Ingatestone has to offer.  The high street has changed over the last 20 years, but is now becoming a growing village centre offering some of the best artisan businesses in the area.

La Pomme

Blog - La Pomme

La Pomme is a recent addition to the High Street. A shop brimming with unique products promoting a natural, sustainable and ethical way of shopping.  By shopping at La Pomme I can balance my passion for retail therapy with the knowledge that I am buying something beautifully crafted and environmentally friendly. This year Mansfield Monk have chosen to partner with La Pomme to create a unique gift for our key clients by way of a thank you for their continuing support.  Watch out all you lucky people!

The Blue Dandelion

Blog - The Blue Dandelion

My go to place for flowers is The Blue Dandelion, a small independent florist situated on the high street. My home would not be the same at Christmas without a hand tied bouquet in my favourite vase filling the room with scents of amaryllis, hypericum and yew.

Oak Tree Gallery

Blog - Oak Tree Gallery

The expert framers at Oak Tree Gallery have helped me on a number of occasions providing a picture framing service for all those memorable photos, graduation certificates, watercolours and sketches. With an extensive range of different frames and mounts to suit any style, my images and artwork are always fully coordinated with my interior home décor. In addition the shop stocks a range of gorgeous gifts and greetings cards for those ‘oh too frequent moments’ when I forget an important birthday or occasion!

More of the MM Team will be sharing their favourite local shops where they live in Essex. Watch this space… and follow #MMEssexXmas across LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook