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Hidden Gems - Finchingfield

By Terry Holmes - 23 July 2020

Did you know that one of the most iconic photographs of a typical English village was actually taken in Essex? Finchingfield to be precise.

The picture is characterised by the church of St John the Baptist in the background and the village pond in the foreground. The pond is part of Finchingfield Brook which feeds into the River Pant and becomes the River Blackwater on the outskirts of Braintree. Flowing generally south east, it skirts the east of Witham before joining the River Chelmer to form the Chelmer and Blackwater Navigation at Maldon. It becomes the tidal Blackwater at Heybridge and eventually flows into the North Sea.

Finchingfield appears in the Domesday Book but there is evidence of a Roman villa close to the centre of the village villa which suggests there has been a settlement there far earlier.

Trivia teaser: what connects Finchingfield with Disney? Answer below.

In the meantime, if village life appeals to you, take a look at some of the properties we currently have on the market near Finchingfield.

Situated at the end of a cul de sac on this small modern development is this well proportioned four bed detached family home located within easy walking distance of the picturesque village of Great Bardfield. The property features four bedrooms, bedroom one with an en suite shower room. Fully tiled bathroom, lounge, dining room, study, fully fitted kitchen/breakfast room, ground floor cloakroom & utility room. Secluded rear garden, own drive to garage with additional parking. EPC D. On the market at offers over £500,000, contact our Great Dunmow Office for further details.

** STAMP DUTY PAID BY DEVELOPER** Field View is a small gated development of just nine detached properties located in the rural village of Wethersfield. Hazel House (No. 6 Field View) occupies a corner plot with views across open farmland and offers 2090 sq ft of accommodation including 23' lounge, 24' kitchen/diner, utility, study, five bedrooms, two ensuites and family bathroom.

The development is situated approximately 7.5 miles from Braintree town centre with its multiple shopping facilities and mainline train station serving London Liverpool Street. Dunmow village is approximately 11.5 miles, with Sible Hedingham village 5 miles and the delightful picturesque village of Finchingfield is just 2 miles. EPC B **Terms & conditions apply. Being marketed at £675,000, contact our Great Dunmow Office for further details.

A delightful end of terrace period cottage, located within the sought after village of Great Bardfield. Externally the property is rendered with traditional pargetting under a peg tiled roof and backs onto open fields. The well presented accommodation comprises of living room with feature fireplace and kitchen/dining room, whilst on the first floor there are two bedrooms and a family bathroom. Great Bardfield offers a range of everyday shopping facilities including local butcher and Post Office and is within easy reach of the bigger towns of Great Dunmow, Braintree and Saffron Walden.

Early viewing is highly recommended. EPC F. On the market at offers over £250,000, contact our Great Dunmow Office for further details.

Located in the small hamlet of New England on the edge of the northwest Essex village of Birdbrook, is this attractive two double bedroom extended bungalow offering excellent potential to extend (planning number attached). Situated within an extensive plot approaching 3.5 acres (stls) which has been beautifully landscaped to offer mature trees, various water features and multiple seating areas with stunning views across the countryside, there has also been additional storage/buildings added to provide a separate annexe/office and large dog kennels.

Internally there is generous living accommodation with a stunning feature fireplace and solid oak parquet flooring leading to a light and airy dining/garden room. The large kitchen/breakfast room is equipped with a millennium limited addition AGA and French doors leading to the patio. Both the double bedrooms have ample storage with the master also providing en-suite facilities. For the commuter there is a fast and regular train service from Audley End train station serving Cambridge and London's Liverpool Street (45 minutes journey) and the A1307 provides easy access to the A11 and M11. EPC awaited. On the market at offers over £850,000, contact our Country & Village Office for further details.

Character two bedroom cottage located in the popular village of Great Bardfield.. The cottage consists of kitchen, lounge, garden room/dining room, two bedrooms and a bathroom. Furthermore there is a garage, delightful cottage garden and is an easy walk to the amenities. EPC E (ID: 540616) Being offered at a guide price of £275,000, contact our Great Dunmow Office for further details.

Trivia teaser answer: Finchingfield was the home, and is the resting place, of Dodie Smith, author of 101 Dalmations, one of Disney’s most famous films.