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This pleasant little country town was once the administrative centre of the Saxon hundred. In 1162, Richard de Lucy, Chief Justice of England, built a great castle here. It was demolished in the 16th C. but the impressive motte remains. Listed buildings line the High Street, whilst the church incorporates Roman bricks.
Notable attractions include Ongar Castle which is an 11th Century Matte & Bailey castle or in nearby Greensted you can visit Greensted Church which is believed to be the oldest Wooden Church in the world dating back to the 6th Century!