Elmstead Market

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Elmstead Market
Elmstead Parish Memorial - geograph.org.uk - 122873.jpg
The war memorial
Elmstead Market is located in Essex
Elmstead Market
Elmstead Market
Location within Essex
Area0.510 km2 (0.197 sq mi)
Population1,684 (2018 estimate)
• Density3,302/km2 (8,550/sq mi)
OS grid referenceTM062244
Civil parish
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Historic countyEssex
Postcode districtCO7
Dialling code01206
AmbulanceEast of England
UK Parliament
List of places
51°52′48″N 0°59′40″E / 51.88002°N 0.99445°E / 51.88002; 0.99445Coordinates: 51°52′48″N 0°59′40″E / 51.88002°N 0.99445°E / 51.88002; 0.99445

Elmstead Market is a village in the civil parish of Elmstead, in the Tendring district of Essex, England. It lies 3 km north-east of Wivenhoe and 6 km east of Colchester. It is on the A133 road which runs to Clacton-on-Sea to the south-east and Colchester to the west. In 2018 it had an estimated population of 1684.[1]


Situated one mile north of Elmstead Market, in Elmstead sits St Anne & St Laurence Parish Church, a Grade 1 listed church.[2]

The village used to have the Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, built in 1817. This Chapel was demolished in 1999 for a newer Chapel to be built in its place. This is now Trinity Methodist Church and is situated on Bromley Road, completed in 2000. In July 2020 it was announced the Methodist church would close. At time of writing, any future use of building yet to be decided [3]


There are regular buses operating between Colchester and Clacton, including the X76 Monday to Saturday,[4] operated by Hedingham, and the 76 on Sundays,[5] operated by First Essex. A number of school services also connect the village to the Colne School and Norman Way in Colchester.[6]

The nearest train station is Alresford station (3.4 miles (5.5 km) away) with frequent trains to Colchester, London Liverpool Street as well as Frinton-on-Sea and Walton-on-the Naze.


The village hosts two schools, Elmstead Primary School and Nursery and Market Field School, the latter of which is a school for students who experience moderate learning difficulties. Elmstead Primary School was rated Good by Ofsted in 2014[7] whilst Market Field has been rated Outstanding in 2015.[8] Market Field School underwent a complete rebuild after receiving funding.[9] The new building was officially opened in March 2016 by Bernard Jenkins MP for Harwich and North Essex and Babs Wiggins, a retired teacher, who taught at Market Field School for nearly 40 years.

Woodland Trust Wood[edit]

The Woodland Trust acquired 103.93 acres (42.06 ha) worth of land west of the village.[10] The new woodland creation project has already seen thousands of trees planted and plans to provide a valuable resource for local people and its wildlife. The new woodlands will be a breeding ground for barn owls and buzzards with the opportunity of more wildlife entering the area. With the dramatic fall in water vole numbers in the local area, the Essex Environmental Trust granted the wood an extra £8,000 to maintain and renew its habitat in order to increase numbers.[11]

Notable residents[edit]

  • Beth Chatto (1923–2018), plantswoman, garden designer and author best known for creating the Beth Chatto Gardens near Elmstead Market
  • James Noah Paxman (1831–1922), founder of the engineering works Davey Paxman & Co of Colchester in 1865, making steam engines, boilers, agricultural machinery and mill gearing. He was born in Elmstead Market where his father, James Paxman, had a forge and engineering works making traction engines.[12] He served as Mayor of Colchester in 1887–1888 and 1897–1898.[13]
  • Albert Marshall (1897–2005), was the last surviving British cavalryman to have seen battle on the Western Front in the Great War.


  1. ^ "Elmstead Market". City Population De. Retrieved 5 October 2020.
  2. ^ You, A Church Near. "St Anne & St Laurence Parish Church, Elmstead Market". A Church Near You. Retrieved 4 July 2017.
  3. ^ "Towns and Villages Around Colchester | Elmstead Market". www.visitoruk.com. Retrieved 4 July 2017.
  4. ^ "X76 : Hedingham". www.hedingham.co.uk. Retrieved 1 December 2019.
  5. ^ "Timetables | Page 2 | Essex". First Bus. Retrieved 1 December 2019.
  6. ^ "Elmstead Market, opposite Chapel Ln – Bus Times". bustimes.org. Retrieved 1 December 2019.
  7. ^ "Ofsted | Elmstead Primary School". reports.ofsted.gov.uk. Retrieved 21 August 2015.
  8. ^ "Ofsted | Market Field School". reports.ofsted.gov.uk. Retrieved 21 August 2015.
  9. ^ Harris, By Chris. "Essex: Major boost as Market Field School given £8.5million for revamp". Retrieved 21 August 2015.
  10. ^ "Elmstead Market | Explore woods | The Woodland Trust". Retrieved 21 August 2015.
  11. ^ "Cash boost to help the water vole's survival". Gazette. Retrieved 21 August 2015.
  12. ^ "Paxman History Pages – The Paxman Family". www.paxmanhistory.org.uk. Retrieved 4 July 2017.
  13. ^ "Colchester's Mayors since 1836". www.colchester.gov.uk. (Mr) Contact Garage, United Kingdom. Retrieved 4 July 2017.CS1 maint: others (link)

External links[edit]

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