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Castles & Ancient Monuments in Essex

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blank tabHEDINGHAM CASTLECastles & Historic Monuments
Halstead, Essex, C09 3DJ
Establishment Photo
Hedingham Castle is England's finest and best preserved Norman Keep with the largest arch in a Norman domestic building in Northern Europe.

Built in c.1140 by the De Veres, Earls of Oxford, and still owned by descendants. It was besieged by King John and visited by Kings Henry VII and Henry VIII and Queen Elizabeth I.

A perfect place to visit, steeped in history. Set in a stunning landscape with woodland walks and lakes.

Included in the admission price is entry to the shop and tearooms, car and coach parking is free. Visitors with disabilities may bring in one companion free on non-event days.

The keep is not accessible to wheel chair users. The castle is on a steep hill so access for people with walking difficulties may be restricted.
Tel: 01787 460261
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Bourne Mill

Bourne Road, Colchester, CO2 8RT
Tel: 01206 549799

Bourne Mill Colchester Photo © Glyn Baker
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Photo: Glyn Baker CCL


Picturesque watermill. The mill was originally built as a fishing lodge in 1591 and features stepped Dutch gables.

It was converted in the 19th century to a mill for fulling (a process in cloth manufacture) and later flour milling.

The waterwheel is in working order.

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Coggeshall Grange Barn

Grange Hill, Coggeshall, Colchester, CO6 1RE
Tel: 01376 562226

Coggeshall Grange Barn Photo © Keith Evans
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Photo: Keith Evans CCL


This majestic building is one of the oldest surviving timber-framed barns in Europe and was originally part of a Cistercian monastery.

It was restored in the 1980s by The Coggeshall Grange Barn Trust, Braintree DC and Essex CC, and contains a small collection of farm carts and wagons.

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Rayleigh Mount

Castle Park, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1TJ
Tel: 01206 282939    Fax: 01206 282925

Rayleigh Mount Essex Photo © John Myers
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Photo: John Myers CCL


11th-century earthwork.

This motte and bailey mound is what remains of the castle erected by Sweyn of Essex, dating from the period following the Norman invasion of 1066.

Display boards explain the main points of interest.

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The Cunning Men of Essex

Witches Butter - Photo © John Myers
Witches Butter -
Photo: John Myers CCL


If you think witch doctors lived only in remote regions of darkest African, then you obviously haven't visited the county of Essex and heard the tales of "Cunning Murrell."

Daubed the last witch doctor in England, James Murrell was born in 1812 in the village of Hadleigh, just inland from the coastal town of Southend-on-Sea.

He was the seventh son of a seventh son, which is said to confer the gift of second sight. More...

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Manningtree, Mistley and the Ghost of the Witchfinder General

Mistley Towers - Photo © Robert Edwards
Mistley Towers -
Photo: Robert Edwards CCL


Claiming the title of England's smallest town, Manningtree lies on the southern bank of the river Stour, some ten miles north east of Colchester and about as far due west of Harwich.

Together with the neighbouring village of Mistley, the town is often viewed as little more than the gateway to Constable country, but both have their own rich history and architectural legacy, making them well worth taking a little time to explore. More...

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Colchester Castle

Castle Park, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1TJ
Tel: 01206 282939    Fax: 01206 282925

The largest Norman Keep in Europe.

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Harwich Redoubt Fort

Behind 29 Main Road, Harwich, Essex, CO12 3LT
Tel: 01255 503429    Fax: 01255 503429

Circular fort built in 1808 to defend the port of Harwich against a Napoleonic invasion.

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Mountfitchet Castle

Stansted Mountfitchet, Stansted, Essex, CM24 8SP
Tel: 01279 813237    Fax: 01279 816391

The only Norman motte and bailey castle in the world.

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Tilbury Fort

Tilbury, Essex, RM18 7NR
Tel: 01375  858489     E-mail:

Originally built to protect  London's seaward approach from the 16th century through to World War II.

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