White Colne is a village and parish on the north side of the river Colne, opposite Earls Colne and on the Colchester Road, 4 miles ESE of Halstead. It contains 419 souls and 30 acres of land; and was anciently called Colne le Blanc, from the Le Blanc family, who held it at the Norman survey, but it soon afterwards passed to the De Vere and other families. Ours is a small but vibrant village with much going on to provide facilities for our residents and others to enjoy in this beautiful part of the world. Ideally situated in the Colne Valley many parts of our village allow visitors to view the variety of scenery and wildlife that characterises this part of north Essex. White Colne is a contemporary village but with a history stretching back to the Domesday book and beyond. In fact there is evidence of Palaeolithic and Mesolithic settlement in the area. Set in the Colne Valley, White Colne is part of the less well known North Essex countryside and today offers both residents and visitors access to beautiful scenery including riverside walks, open meadows and ancient woodland where a wide variety of wildlife flourishes.