It is located in the Uttlesford district of North West Essex.
Little Hallingbury Mill is a converted mill which today is a small hotel. It was built as a silk mill in 1874 and there was milling on this site for many years before it was turned into a hotel. Although it is not in commercial use the mill machinery is in working condition.
To the north of the village lies Hatfield Forest, designated as a Royal Hunting Forest from the time of the Norman kings. The forest is open to the public and covers 1,049 acres (4 km2) of woodland, grassland with trees, lake and marsh.
Portingbury Hills in Hatfield Forest is suggested to be a defended settlement or farmstead dated to the Iron Age. According to the National Trust "The main rectangular mound is approximately 100 by 70 feet (30 by 21 m) and is surrounded by a ditch 25/35 feet wide, with a flat top.".
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