The parish of White Notley is a picturesque English country village in the heart of the Essex countryside. This tiny community nestles in the valley of the meandering River Brain creating a charming, rural scene with idyllic surrounding countryside characterised by undulating agricultural land, hedgerows, copses and woodland and quiet country lanes. The village adjoins Black Notley and Braintree to the northwest, Cressing to the northeast, Fairstead to the southwest and Faulkbourne and Witham to the sout heast. Faulkbourne Hall has been declared the finest 15th century mansion now existing in the county, carried out in warm, red brick even to its towers, turrents and battlements. There is a nearby spring which in the earliest times was considered a holy well. The god of water, the giver of life lived in this holy well. Into medieval times the spring was thought to have healing powers which attracted pilgrims.