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Elsenham church.JPG
Church of St Mary the Virgin
Elsenham is located in Essex
Location within Essex
Population2,446 (2011)[1]
OS grid referenceTL531269
Civil parish
  • Elsenham
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townBishop's Stortford
Postcode districtCM22
AmbulanceEast of England
UK Parliament
List of places
51°55′13″N 0°13′34″E / 51.9204°N 0.226°E / 51.9204; 0.226Coordinates: 51°55′13″N 0°13′34″E / 51.9204°N 0.226°E / 51.9204; 0.226
The village sign: the top section depicts Elsenham Hall; the bottom sections show St. Mary's Church and The Pump

Elsenham is a village and civil parish in north-west Essex in eastern England. Its neighbouring towns include Bishop's Stortford, Saffron Walden and Stansted Mountfitchet.


Elsenham is recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086 as Alsenham and Elsenham in the Hundred of Uttlesford. Part belonged to Robert Gernon and part to John, nephew of Waleran.[2] The village is best known for Elsenham Jam, which was produced on the Elsenham estate of Sir Walter Gilbey, and marketed with the slogan, "the most expensive jam in the world". Elsenham Jam is no longer produced in Elsenham, the company having moved to Wales.[3]

In April 2008, Elsenham was short-listed by the Government as a potential site for a 5,000 homes 'eco-town' development.[4]

Notable features[edit]

The Pump

Notable features include Elsenham Hall, the home of Sir Walter Gilbey, St Mary's Church, formerly known as the Little Norman Church on the Hill, and The Pump, which stands in the village centre and was built by Sir Walter Gilbey in memory of his wife. A horse, Golden Miller, who won the Cheltenham Gold Cup five times between 1932 and 1936 and the Grand National in 1934 is buried at Elsenham Stud.[3]


Elsenham is part of the electoral ward called Elsenham and Henham. The population of this ward at the 2011 Census was 3,679.[5]

Society and leisure[edit]

A variety of village events are held each year: a village fete; the Flower Show Society's Annual Show; an Arts & Craft Fair and a firework display in the autumn; and Santa and Gift Galore in December. Elsenham also has a number of small clubs as well as tennis courts, a bowling green, a cricket field, a youth football club and 2 pool teams. The village has a number of small businesses, a pub and a primary school.[3]


The village is served by a railway station (Elsenham) on the line between Cambridge and London Liverpool Street. Trains usually run every half an hour or every hour, served by Greater Anglia.

The village is about four miles from junction 8 of the M11 motorway and also approximately three miles from Stansted Airport. A highly publicised expansion of the airport could include new road and rail links passing within the village boundaries.[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Parish population 2011". Retrieved 26 September 2015.
  2. ^ Ann Williams; G H Martin, eds. (2003). Domesday Book: A Complete Translation. London: Penguin Books. pp. 1021, 1041, 1343. ISBN 0-14-143994-7.
  3. ^ a b c Newland, David (September 2008). "Enjoying Elsenham". Essex Life. Archant: 90. Retrieved 19 January 2009.
  4. ^ Jackman, David (3 April 2008). "ELSENHAM: 5,000-home "eco-town" earmarked for village". Harlow and Bishop's Stortford The Citizen. Newsquest Media Group. Archived from the original on 3 March 2016. Retrieved 19 January 2009.
  5. ^ "Elsenham and Henham ward population 2011". Retrieved 26 September 2015.
  6. ^ Dougherty, Hugn; Teresa Keane (22 October 2003). "Stansted plan 'could wipe out villages'". Evening Standard. Associated Newspapers Limited. Retrieved 19 January 2009.[dead link]

External links[edit]

Media related to Elsenham at Wikimedia Commons