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Felsted village
Felsted is located in Essex
Location within Essex
Population3,051 (2011)[1]
OS grid referenceTL677203
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townDUNMOW
Postcode districtCM6
Dialling code01371
AmbulanceEast of England
UK Parliament
List of places
51°51′22″N 0°26′10″E / 51.856°N 0.436°E / 51.856; 0.436Coordinates: 51°51′22″N 0°26′10″E / 51.856°N 0.436°E / 51.856; 0.436

Felsted (sometimes spelt Felstead) is a village and civil parish in the Uttlesford district of Essex, England. The civil parish includes the hamlets of Bannister Green, Bartholomew Green, Causeway End, Coblers Green, Cock Green, Frenches Green, Gransmore Green, Hartford End, Molehill Green, Milch Hill, Thistley Green, Watch House Green and Willows Green.


Felsted is recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086 as Felesteda, Felstede and Phensteda in the Hundred of Hinckford, where it was held by Earl Ælfgar as feu in the time of King Edward. In 1086, Felstead was part of the land of La Trinité of Caen, who held four hides. The fifth hide was no longer in this manor as King William gave three virgates to Roger God-save-the-ladies and the fourth to Geoffrey fitzSalomon.

The village has links to Lord Riche who founded the public school, the Felsted School, in 1564, and is buried in Holy Cross Church. Lord Riche was an important benefactor of the Felsted Church. The school also has links to Oliver Cromwell, who sent his sons there. The valley between Little Dunmow and Felsted was the location for the only sugar beet factory in Essex, which has been redeveloped for housing in a community called Flitch Green.


Felsted is south of the A120 and is near Braintree, Great Dunmow and Chelmsford. It lies on the north bank of the River Chelmer as it leaves Great Dunmow and turns south towards Chelmsford.

  • Latitude/Longitude in decimal degrees:51.85656 0.43327
  • Latitude/Longitude in degrees, minutes, and seconds:51° 51' 24" North 0° 26' 60" East
  • Height above sea level:76 m, 249.34 ft, 2992.13 in


Holy Cross Church, Felsted

Felsted is linked to Little Dunmow by the Flitch Way Country Park, a former railway line. The village has a village store, a delicatessen, an antiques shop, a ladies' clothes shop, an estate agent, two public houses (the Chequers and the Swan), two restaurants, and a bed and breakfast guest house.

An electoral ward of the same name exists. This ward had a population of 5,525 at the 2011 census.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Parish population 2011". Retrieved 26 September 2015.
  2. ^ "Ward population 2011". Retrieved 26 September 2015.
  • John Drury, History of Felsted (privately published, 1999) ISBN 0-9536154-0-5
  • Smith, Robert (January 2009). "Interaction and innovation". Essex Life. Archant: 71. Retrieved 17 January 2009. (Registration required.)
  • Ann Williams; G H Martin, eds. (2003). Domesday Book, A Complete Translation. Penguin Classics. London: Penguin. pp. 984, 1043. ISBN 0-14-143994-7.

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