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Felsted village
Felsted is located in Essex
Felsted shown within Essex
Population 3,051 (2011)[1]
OS grid reference TL677203
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town DUNMOW
Postcode district CM6
Dialling code 01371
Police Essex
Fire Essex
Ambulance East of England
EU Parliament East of England
UK Parliament
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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
For the record label, see Felsted Records

Felsted (sometimes spelt "Felstead") is a village that lies in the north west of Essex in England, south of the A120 and is located 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.

Holy Cross Church, Felsted

Felsted is linked to Little Dunmow by the Flitch Way Country Park, a former railway line. 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. The village has a village store, a deli, an antiques shop, a ladies' clothes shop, an estate agent, two pubs (the Chequers and the Swan), two restaurants (Razza and the Boote House) as well as bed and breakfast accommodation.

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 five hides 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 winner of the 1928 Epsom Derby was Felstead, sired by Spion Kop, winner of the 1920 Derby.

Bronze sculpture of Camilla by Brian Alabaster ARBS at Felsted School


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


  • 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

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.)
  • Dr Ann Williams, Professor G H Martin, ed. (2003). Domesday Book, A Complete Translation. London: Penguin Classics. pp. 984, 1043. ISBN 0-14-143994-7. 

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