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Ashdon Windmill
Ashdon is located in Essex
Ashdon shown within Essex
Population 893 (2011)[1]
OS grid reference TL584421
Civil parish
  • Ashdon
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Saffron Walden
Postcode district CB10 2
Dialling code 01799
Police Essex
Fire Essex
Ambulance East of England
EU Parliament East of England
UK Parliament
List of places
52°03′19″N 0°18′33″E / 52.0552°N 0.3093°E / 52.0552; 0.3093Coordinates: 52°03′19″N 0°18′33″E / 52.0552°N 0.3093°E / 52.0552; 0.3093
Signpost in Ashdon

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.[2]


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 2011 census the population of the parish was 893, up from 792 in 2001.[1][3] Apart from Ashdon village, the parish also includes Stevington End (52°03′47″N 0°19′55″E / 52.06306°N 0.33194°E / 52.06306; 0.33194) and Church End (52°03′01″N 0°18′10″E / 52.05028°N 0.30278°E / 52.05028; 0.30278).

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 month's 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.

Ashdon Halt was a stop on the closed Saffron Walden Railway near Church End.

Present day[edit]

Ashdon Primary School, a non-denominational, built in the Victorian Age, for 4–11 year olds is located in the village and has approximately 90 students and had Iain Dale, a Conservative Blogger.[4]


An electoral ward in the same name exists. This ward had a population of 1,736 at the 2011 census.[5]


The village has two cricket teams that play at Waltons Park.[6] There is also a football, bowls.[2] It also will host a trail run this year. It has hosted numerous cycle events in recent years.

Places of interest[edit]

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.[7] There is also a village museum with information on local history. The village hall is Midsummer Hill.[2]

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.[2] Ashdon Baptist Church has been in the village since 1809.[8] The parish church of All Saints dates from the 13th century, with later alterations.[9] Marpa House Buddhist retreat was established in 1973 and is run by the Dharma Trust and practices the Karma Kagyu tradition of Tibetan Buddhism.[10] Business includes the local Post Office, a garage, pub, farm and Beeches Nursery.

See also[edit]

The Hundred Parishes


  1. ^ a b "Civil Parish population 2011". Retrieved 25 September 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Uttlesford Information regarding Ashdon". Archived from the original on September 27, 2007. Retrieved 2007-01-23. 
  3. ^ "Civil Parish population 2001". Retrieved 12 December 2016. 
  4. ^ "Ashdon Primary School". Archived from the original on 2007-10-10. Retrieved 2007-01-23. 
  5. ^ "Ward population 2011". Retrieved 25 September 2015. 
  6. ^ "Ashdon - No Ordinary Village". Retrieved 2007-01-23. 
  7. ^ "Restoration Update". Ashdon Windmill Trust Limited website. Archived from the original on September 28, 2007. Retrieved 2007-01-23. 
  8. ^ "Ashdon Baptist Church". Archived from the original on 2009-07-25. Retrieved 2007-01-23. 
  9. ^ "All Saints". The Swan Family and Ashdon in Essex. Archived from the original on 2006-09-30. Retrieved 2007-01-23. 
  10. ^ "Welcome". Archived from the original on 5 February 2007. Retrieved 2007-01-23. 

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