Elmdon

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Elmdon
A view from the War Memorial at Elmdon - geograph.org.uk - 1420285.jpg
Elmdon village
Elmdon is located in Essex
Elmdon
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Elmdon shown within Essex
Population610 (2011 Census)[1]
OS grid referenceTL465395
District
Shire county
Region
CountryEngland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townSAFFRON WALDEN
Postcode districtCB11 4
PoliceEssex
FireEssex
AmbulanceEast of England
EU ParliamentEast of England
List of places
UK
England
Essex
52°02′04″N 0°08′03″E / 52.03456°N 0.13429°E / 52.03456; 0.13429Coordinates: 52°02′04″N 0°08′03″E / 52.03456°N 0.13429°E / 52.03456; 0.13429

Elmdon is a village in the Uttlesford district of Essex, England, near the boundary with Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire. The hilly topography of the area differentiates it from countryside to the north, which is predominantly fenland and flat.

History[edit]

The castle motte at Elmdon, known as 'castle hill', still exists. It was the Norman fortification of Robert de Lucy, brother to Richard de Lucy, Justiciar to King Stephen and Henry II. The church at Elmdon was granted by Robert de Lucy to Lesnes Abbey (founded by Richard de Lucy), around 1180.[citation needed] One mile to the west, at the highest point in Essex, Eustace de Boulogne (d1125) built and occupied his moated house named 'Flanders' at Chrishall and it was there that his daughter Matilda of Boulogne (c1103-1152), the future wife of King Stephen, was raised.

The name Elmdon means 'hill of elms' and this village contains the only three elm trees in Essex.[citation needed] Elmdon includes a village hall, a church, and a recreation ground used for cricket and football.

Transport[edit]

Elmdon has an infrequent bus service with links to Bishop's Stortford. There are three roads out of Elmdon; two are minor roads leading to other villages, and the third provides access indirectly to the nearest station (Audley End on the Cambridge to London Liverpool Street line).

Utilities[edit]

Elmdon is not served by mains gas; houses rely on individually supplied heating oil systems. The village is connected to British Telecom's backbone network through the Chrishall exchange which is ADSL-enabled. As of January 2007, speeds of up to 2mb ADSL and 3mb ADSL-MAX were available through broadband over copper phone cable. No cable television providers service the village.

Leisure[edit]

Elmdon has sporting teams participating in local leagues. The village is a starting point for cross country running with trails of between 3 km and 30 km, some avoiding major roads. Tracks are passable on foot and bicycle between March and November, becoming waterlogged outside this range (passable but not to run on).[original research?]

The Icknield Way Path passes through the village on its 180-kilometre (110 mi) journey from Ivinghoe Beacon in Buckinghamshire to Knettishall Heath in Suffolk. The multi-user route is open for walkers, horse riders and off-road cyclists.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Parish population 2011". Retrieved 28 September 2015.

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