Colne Engaine

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Colne Engaine
Colne Engaine village, Essex - - 137320.jpg
Colne Engaine is located in Essex
Colne Engaine
Colne Engaine
Colne Engaine shown within Essex
Population 1,008 (2011 Census)[1]
OS grid reference TL855305
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Colchester
Postcode district CO6 2
Dialling code 01787
Police Essex
Fire Essex
Ambulance East of England
EU Parliament East of England
UK Parliament
List of places
51°56′29″N 0°41′26″E / 51.941302°N 0.69068°E / 51.941302; 0.69068Coordinates: 51°56′29″N 0°41′26″E / 51.941302°N 0.69068°E / 51.941302; 0.69068

Colne Engaine is a village and a civil parish in Essex, England, situated just north of the River Colne and of the larger village of Earls Colne, approximately ten miles northwest of Colchester. The village takes its name from the river, around which it is likely that the earliest settlements were made, and the Engaine family, who were the principal family of the village between 1279 and 1367.


Colne Engaine c.1650

Variations on spelling may be Colne Gagn and Colne Geyne, as seen in 1418.[2]

Previously the village had been known as Little Colne, and is recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086 as Parva Colun with 38 inhabitants, returning '[a] Man-at-arms from Walter the Deacon; Walter from Robert Malet. 2 mills, 3 beehives. 13 goats'.[3] It is one of four villages named after the river (the others being Earls Colne, Wakes Colne and White Colne). The parish contains the hamlet of Countess Cross.[4] Evidence of Roman settlements have been found by the Church, and also at Knight's Farm, to the west of the village.[5] The Sheriff's manor of Colne Engaine was purchased by John de Vere, 13th Earl of Oxford in 1508, in order to augment his adjacent Earls Colne manor.[6]


The village has an active community that organises a wide variety of clubs, societies and voluntary groups, including:

The Village Hall[edit]

In 1922, in memory of her father the late Mr George Courtauld, of Cut Hedge, Halstead, Miss K M Courtauld, C.C., provided a splendid Village Hall for the use of the inhabitants of Colne Engaine. Formally known as the Courtauld Memorial Hall and locally as simply the Village Hall, the site is a popular venue for community groups and events as well as private hire.

A regular monthly Whist Drive is held at the hall.

The Village Pub[edit]

The Five Bells is the only public house in Colne Engaine. The building is over 500 years old and a record of landlords since 1579 is displayed in the bar area. In 1689 the landlord was recorded as running a 'disorderly house'.[7] Another public house, the Three Cups was recorded in 1766.[8]

Colne Engaine Football Club[edit]

Colne Engaine FC, nicknamed 'The Engines', was founded in 1921.

In 2003, the club folded due to lack of interest, however, with the help of the parish council and former club members, the club was reformed in 2005; repairing the changing rooms and moving to local community pitch, Burches Meadow.

The team has been successful with a third successive promotion in 2007/08 by winning the Colchester and East Essex Football League Division One championship, adding the Great Bromley Cup and League Knock out Cup for a historic treble. In 2008/2009, the club won in the Amos Cup for the first time in its history

Notable former residents[edit]


  1. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 2 September 2016. 
  2. ^ Plea Rolls of the Court of Common Pleas; National Archives; CP/629;, first & second entries, as the home of the defendants to the Prior of Merton
  3. ^
  4. ^ Ordnance Survey getamap
  5. ^ E.C.C., SMR 9365-8, 9415, 9421-2, 9426
  6. ^ Ross, J., John de Vere, Thirteenth Earl of Oxford (1442-1513): The Foremost Man of the Kingdom (Woodbridge, 2011), 94-5, 96.
  7. ^ Q/SR 461/64, 477/3-4
  8. ^ ERO Q/RLv 24-25
  9. ^ Roy, Judith M. (2004), "Brown, Isaac Baker (1811–1873)", Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, retrieved 2009-10-04 
  10. ^ Deeds in possession of Mr. G. Courtauld, bdle. 4; B. Woollings, Browns of Knights (priv. print. c. 1990), passim: copy in E.R.O.
  11. ^ Steve Lamacq returns to the BBC 2010

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