A small, picturesque village located in a rural area in north west Essex near the Suffolk border, 15 miles north of Braintree and 6 miles south of Haverhill.
At one time Ridgewell was a place of some importance with its own Trade Guild and was a fully self-supporting parish with many shops including a Butcher, Dairy, Baker, Cobbler, Tailor, Blacksmith, and Coal Merchant etc. Clare and Pembroke Colleges, Cambridge originally owned much of the land. Today Ridgewell suffers with the usual malaise of village life and has lost its post office in the last 10 years. It has two Public Houses, the King's Head (15th or 16th Century) and the White Horse Inn (18th Century) and a small general store. Ridgewell played a major role in the Second World War initially being a base for British Stirlings and from 1943 home to the American Air Force 381st Bomber Group. This has attracted a number of visitors to the village, particularly American families who had a relative serving here during the war.