Hidden Gem, Writtle
By The Beresfords Marketing Team - 21 May 2010
Writtle is one of the prettiest villages in the county with many Grade I listed houses. It dates back to the Romans who were present in the village shortly after the Roman conquest and two Roman burial urns were found buried in the gardens of the old vicarage.
Writtle was a royal manor and was mentioned in the Domesday Book when its population was about 900 – making it bigger than Chelmsford at the time. The manor was situated on the main route between London and East Anglia and part of this route can be seen at Lawford Lane, which is now a bridle path.
King John is one of the most famous people to be associated with Writtle. He built a hunting lodge in the village in 1211, which is now situated within the grounds of Writtle College. It is also believed that Robert the Bruce, who was once the King of Scotland, was born in the village on July 11, 1274.
Today, little remains of Writtle’s royal connections, but it is only a matter of time before more of the village’s past is discovered with Iron Age, Bronze Age and Roman ruins currently being dug up by amateur archaeologists.