Ashdon shown within Essex
|OS grid reference|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Post town||Saffron Walden|
|Postcode district||CB10 2|
|Ambulance||East of England|
|EU Parliament||East of England|
|UK Parliament||Saffron Walden|
Ashdon, is a village and civil parish in Essex, England. It is about 4 miles (6 km) northeast of Saffron Walden and 23 miles (37 km) northwest from the county town of Chelmsford. The village is in the district of Uttlesford and the parliamentary constituency of Saffron Walden. The village has its own Parish Council.
The village is approximately 4 miles (6.4 km) northeast of the nearest town, Saffron Walden. It is on the River Bourn, a tributary to the River Granta, a tributary to the River Cam. The village is close to the Essex/Cambridgeshire county border.
According to the 2001 census the population of the parish was 792. Apart from Ashdon village, the parish also includes Stevington End ( ) and Church End ( ).
The River Bourn has caused much flooding in recent years to the village of Ashdon in 2000 and 2001 saw heavy winds and rain flood it immensely. On 14 June 2007 the village fell victim to flash flooding when a months rain fell in an hour causing heavy flooding.
All of the Bartlow Hills were entirely in Ashdon Parish, Essex when the boundary between Cambridgeshire and Essex ran from Stevington End to the River Granta, then along the Granta westwards to Linton, as shown on Ordnance Survey maps including those dated 1805, 1838 and 1882.
Places of interest
There is a windmill on the hill, Bragg's Mill, which has recently been renovated; it is one of the few remaining post mills in Essex. The restored windmill was opened on 23 September 2006 by Patricia Herrmann OBE, Vice Chairman of the Essex Environment Trust. There is also a village museum with information on local history. The village hall is Midsummer Hill.
There are three religious centres in the village. These are two churches, All Saints Church and Ashdon Baptist Church and the Buddhist retreat at Marpa House. Ashdon Baptist Church has been in the village since 1809. The parish church of All Saints dates from the 13th century, with later alterations. Marpa House Buddhist retreat was established in 1973 and is run by the Dharma Trust and practices the Karma Kagyu tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. Business includes the local Post Office, a garage, pub, farm and Beeches Nursery.
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- "Ashdon Primary School". www.ofsted.gov.uk. Retrieved 2007-01-23.[dead link]
- "Ashdon - No Ordinary Village". www.beechesnursery.co.uk. Retrieved 2007-01-23.
- "Restoration Update". Ashdon Windmill Trust Limited website. Retrieved 2007-01-23.[dead link]
- "Ashdon Baptist Church". Archived from the original on 2009-07-25. Retrieved 2007-01-23.
- "All Saints". The Swan Family and Ashdon in Essex. Archived from the original on 2006-09-30. Retrieved 2007-01-23.
- "Welcome". www.marpahouse.org.uk. Archived from the original on 5 February 2007. Retrieved 2007-01-23.
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