Sible Hedingham

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Sible Hedingham
St. Peter's church, Sible Hedingham, Essex - - 175022.jpg
St Peter's Church
Sible Hedingham is located in Essex
Sible Hedingham
Sible Hedingham
Location within Essex
Population3,994 (2011)[1]
OS grid referenceTL7734
Civil parish
  • Sible Hedingham
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtCO9
Dialling code01787
AmbulanceEast of England
UK Parliament
List of places
51°58′50″N 0°35′28″E / 51.9805°N 0.591°E / 51.9805; 0.591Coordinates: 51°58′50″N 0°35′28″E / 51.9805°N 0.591°E / 51.9805; 0.591

Sible Hedingham is a large village and civil parish in the Colne Valley in the Braintree District of Essex, in England. It has a population of 3,994 according to the 2011 census.[1] Sible Hedingham lies in the northern corner of Essex, close to both the Suffolk and Cambridgeshire borders. The village covers some 2,123 hectares (5,246 acres).[citation needed]

The Domesday Book lists the village together with Hedingham Castle amongst the lands given to Roger Bigod by the king.[2][3] The land included woodland for 70 pigs that was in total valued at £4.

A variation on the village name is "Hengham Sybyle".[4]

The village is twinned with the French commune of Choisy-au-Bac,[5] located in Picardy region, Oise department (c. 80 km north of Paris, near Compiègne).

Notable people associated with Sible Hedingham[edit]

  • J. Redwood Anderson (1883–1964), poet died here[6]
  • Rachel Barrett (1874–1953), suffragette and newspaper editor
  • Savitri Devi (1905–1982), prominent proponent of Nazism, animal rights and deep ecology, who died here
  • 'Dummy' , an unnamed elderly deaf mute man murdered by a mob in 1863 after he was accused of witchcraft.
  • Sir John Hawkwood (1320–1394), English mercenary (or condottiere) who was active in 14th-century Italy[7]
  • John Hilton (surgeon) FRCS, FRS, FZS (1805–1878), Surgeon Extraordinary to Queen Victoria and greatest anatomist of his time[8]
  • Joan Prentice, a woman living in a almshouse here who was accused of witchcraft and she was hanged in Chelmsford in 1589.[9]
  • Samuel Wilbore (1595-1656) – a founder of Portsmouth Colony (Rhode Island, US; 7 March 1638) as a religious dissenter from the Plymouth Colony of Boston, Massachusetts
Alderford Mill


  1. ^ a b UK Census (2011). "Local Area Report – Sible Hedingham Parish (1170213791)". Nomis. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 30 January 2019.
  2. ^ Domesday Book: A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 2003. p. 1036 ISBN 0-14-143994-7
  3. ^ Roger Bigod held a number of manors including a massive number in Suffolk and Norfolk given to him by the King. These obviously included Sible Hedingham, but also included Pebmarsh, Ovington and the area of Belchamp.
  4. ^ Plea Roll of the Court of Common Pleas; National Archives; CP 40/647;; third entry, second line residence of John Ekefeld, yeoman
  5. ^ "A French connection: Twinning teams mark 25 years together". Halstead Gazette. Retrieved 30 January 2019.
  6. ^ "Death of Poet". Birmingham Post (32893). 30 March 1964. p. 22. Retrieved 17 February 2019 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  7. ^ Fowler, Kenneth (8 October 2009). "Hawkwood, Sir John (d. 1394), military commander". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/12693. (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
  8. ^ Kirkup, John (23 September 2004). "Hilton, John (1805–1878), anatomist and surgeon". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/13327. (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
  9. ^ "Essex witches (act. 1566–1589)". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/70257. Retrieved 20 March 2021.

External links[edit]

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