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
Elmstead Market shown within Essex
Population 1,440 (2011)
OS grid reference TM062244
Civil parish
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Dialling code 01206
Police Essex
Fire Essex
Ambulance East of England
EU Parliament East 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. It lies 3 km northeast of Wivenhoe and 6 km east of Colchester. It is on the A133 road which until a few years ago was the main road to Clacton, Frinton and Harwich. The A120 road constructed to bypass Colchester and Elmstead Market has reduced the volume of through traffic considerably.


Elmstead has a range of shops including a Budgens, Esso petrol station and other smaller shops.

The village has a community centre which has a range of activities from exercise classes to line dancing, Cubs, Scouts.

The village hosts two schools, Elmstead Primary School and Nursery and Market Field School, a school for students who experience moderate learning difficulties. Elmstead Primary School was rated Good by Ofsted in 2014[1] whilst Market Field has been rated Outstanding in 2015.[2] Market Field School has just undergone a complete rebuild after receiving much needed funding from Essex County Council[3] with the new building being 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.

The Six Bumps behind the cricket ground is a favourite of youths in the village to practice their tricks. A place where swing ropes are set up, it is the focal point of youthful enjoyment in the village.

The Beth Chatto Gardens lie just outside the village.


The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Anne and Saint Lawrence.

Woodland Trust Wood[edit]

The Woodland Trust recently acquired 103.93 acres worth of land west of the village.[4] 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.[5]


There are regular bus services to Colchester, Clacton and Great Bentley provided by First Essex and Arriva (Network Colchester).

The nearest train station is Wivenhoe Station (3.2 miles away) with frequent trains to Colchester, London Liverpool Street as well as Frinton-on-Sea and Walton-on-the Naze.

Notable residents[edit]

  • Beth Chatto (born 27 June 1923) British plantswoman, garden designer and author best known for creating the Beth Chatto Gardens near Elmstead Market.


  1. ^ "Ofsted | Elmstead Primary School". reports.ofsted.gov.uk. Retrieved 2015-08-21. 
  2. ^ "Ofsted | Market Field School". reports.ofsted.gov.uk. Retrieved 2015-08-21. 
  3. ^ Harris, By Chris. "Essex: Major boost as Market Field School given £8.5million for revamp". Retrieved 2015-08-21. 
  4. ^ "Elmstead Market | Explore woods | The Woodland Trust". Retrieved 2015-08-21. 
  5. ^ "Cash boost to help the water vole's survival". Gazette. Retrieved 2015-08-21. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Elmstead Market at Wikimedia Commons