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A King Seeks Sanctuary in Leigh - King Henry IV, needing to avoid the plague raging in London was crossing the Thames Estuary when he and his ship was attacked by French pirates.  A fierce chase ensued which saw the King's crew using their skill to outwit the pirates and land their sovereign at the Strand in Old Leigh.  As he set foot on the Strand the King went down on his knees and, with his eye firmly fixed on the church on the hill, he gave thanks to God for his safe delivery to Leigh.  He was persuaded to take refreshment at the closest pub, The Crown, before moving on to Pleshey.

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