A small village of about 400 people in the top northwest corner of Essex, close to the borders with Cambridgeshire and Suffolk. Four long and winding roads meet at the crossroads at the village centre, by the village green and close to the ancient church, the pub and the village hall. The village was documented in the Doomsday Book, and it is know that a church stood on the present site from that time; the present building dates from the 14th century, with later additions. It is built on a low hill and the tower provides an attractive landmark for miles around. Many houses and cottages in the village date back to the 16th and 17th centuries, with a typical wattle and daub construction and some thatched roofs. The village hall is housed in the former village school, built by public subscription in the 1850's and currently undergoing major refurbishment. Helions Bumpstead is a very warm, friendly and busy little village.