Great Yeldham is a large country village, here you can find the Yeldham Oak situated in the centre of the village on a small triangular green, wrapped in iron to support it. Its age has defeated even the dendochronologists who count the annual rings of growth. Some say that it has seen 1000 years of history. It stands as the trunk of the oldest tree in Essex, the very last example of the forest of trees which once clothed the whole valley. There is a successor growing beside it, an infant by comparison, planted by the parish council in 1863. It has a Post Office and several other shops and stores. There is a large primary school, two hotels and one public house as well as the Great Yeldham Reading Room which is the village hall. The sports ground with its pavilion, supports cricket and football clubs and there is also a scouts hut on the grounds. The White Hart Inn stands as a landmark to the passing motorist its appearance suggests of the old-world hospitality that is fast becoming a thing of the past.