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The Street Ardleigh Geograph-720422-by-Robert-Edwards.jpg
The Street, Ardleigh, with the parish church of St Mary The Virgin and the post office in the background.
Ardleigh is located in Essex
 Ardleigh shown within Essex
Population c. 2100
OS grid reference TM052295
   – London 55 mi (89 km)  NE
Civil parish Ardleigh
District Tendring
Shire county Essex
Region East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district CO7
Dialling code 01206
Police Essex
Fire Essex
Ambulance East of England
EU Parliament East of England
UK Parliament Harwich and North Essex
List of places

Coordinates: 51°55′37″N 0°58′59″E / 51.9269°N 0.9831°E / 51.9269; 0.9831

Ardleigh /ˈɑrdli/ is a village and civil parish in Essex, England. It is situated approximately 4 miles (6 km) northeast from the centre of Colchester and 26 miles (42 km) northeast from the county town of Chelmsford.

Ardleigh is in the district of Tendring and the parliamentary constituency of Harwich and North Essex. The village has its own Parish Council.[1] The parish had a population of 2081 according to the 2001 census[2] and includes the area known as Crockleford Heath.

The Great Eastern Main Line passes close to the village but the railway station closed in November 1967. The closest railway station is now at Manningtree, 3 miles (5 km) northeast. The village is on the A137 road, a route from Colchester to Ipswich, Suffolk.

Ardleigh Reservoir is less than 1 mile (1.6 km) to the southwest.

The area includes a number of smallholdings founded by the Land Settlement Association.[3]


  1. ^ "Town and Parish Council and Clerks Details". Tendring District Council. Retrieved 23 January 2007. [dead link]
  2. ^ "2001 Census: Key Statistics > Parish Headcounts > Area: Ardleigh CP (Parish)". Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 1 June 2010. 
  3. ^ Bercaw, Louise Oldham; "Bibliography on Land Utilization 1918-36"; p. 1011

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