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Cock Inn Henham Essex England.jpg
The Cock Inn
Henham is located in Essex
Location within Essex
Population1,233 (2011)[1]
OS grid referenceTL549285
• London35 mi (56 km) SSE
Civil parish
  • Henham
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtCM22
Dialling code01279
AmbulanceEast of England
UK Parliament
List of places
51°56′00″N 0°15′07″E / 51.9334°N 0.251962°E / 51.9334; 0.251962Coordinates: 51°56′00″N 0°15′07″E / 51.9334°N 0.251962°E / 51.9334; 0.251962

Henham, or Henham-on-the-Hill is a village and civil parish in the Uttlesford district of Essex, England. The village is situated 2.5 miles (4 km) north from London Stansted Airport. The parish includes the hamlets of Little Henham and Pledgdon Green. Parish population at the 2011 Census was 1,233.[1]

Henham's parish church is dedicated to St Mary the Virgin. The community Village Shop & Post Office situated opposite the Village ponds is run totally by volunteers. The local public house is The Cock Inn.

A dragon legend at Henham began with the 1669 pamphlet The Flying Serpent or Strange News Out of Essex, which promoted further alleged sightings of the dragon.[2] Today, many signs in the village contain dragon motifs.

Henham was a station on the Elsenham to Thaxted branch line.

The village holds a bi-annual 10 kilometre run in the final weeks of May. There is a Tennis Club, Village Hall and OSCA (Hall & rooms for local activities). A monthly magazine "The Dragon" is distributed free to all residents.

There is a bi-annual pantomime which takes place in the village hall in early January. Restarted in 2014[3] after a 10 year break,[4] appearances so far have included "Cinderella", "Snow white and the Seven Princes", "Jack and the Beanstalk", and "Alice in Pantoland"

Current notable residents include comedian Ed Byrne[5] and actor John Savident.[citation needed] Hertfordshire, Minor Counties and Cambridgeshire cricketer Timothy Smith was born in the village.[citation needed]


See also[edit]

The Hundred Parishes


  1. ^ a b UK Census (2011). "Local Area Report – Henham Parish (1170214006)". Nomis. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 14 February 2019.
  2. ^ "Parish of Henham Essex - Henham Dragon". Henham.org. Archived from the original on 26 August 2014. Retrieved 22 August 2014.
  3. ^ "2014 Pantomime".
  4. ^ "Henham History Essex - 2004 Pantomime".
  5. ^ Tonkin, Sam (11 April 2013). "TV comedian makes unexpected appearance at County High School students' Great British Bake Off event". Saffron Walden Reporter. Retrieved 14 February 2019.

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