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We inherit a landscape moulded from the glaciers of 15,000 years ago, farmed, built and fought over by successive incursions of human occupation from continental Europe and the Norse Lands. A legacy that is still evident in the wood, lane and field names of the parish. During their 600 years of lordship in Hedingham, the De Veres erected many fine buildings, some of which still stand today. In addition to the lofty castle, they also built the ancient church of St. Nicholas, which has been called the most exciting church in Essex. An abiding memory of all those past and present who recall Castle Hedingham, is the vibrant sense of community. This is the source of strength, which helps us flourish in yet another millennium, of new challenge and opportunity.
Facilities: Castle; Pubs: The Wheatsheaf, The Bell and The Rising Sun; Memories Night Club and The Old Moot House restaurant; Magnolia Tea Rooms Tea shop and emporium; Village Stores and Post Office; bed and breakfast; youth hostel; two churches; Primary and Secondary Schools; doctors surgery; garage; art shop; cycle shop.
This village is a wonderful example of historic roots brought to life by a vibrant community. There are a multitude of clubs and societies.
Village Centre, Castle Hedingham, Essex, CO9 3DJ
Map reference: TL 785355 Lat: 51.98992 Long: 0.59872