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Toppesfield is located in Essex
Toppesfield shown within Essex
Population 507 (2011)[1]
OS grid reference TL739372
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district CO9
Dialling code 01787
Police Essex
Fire Essex
Ambulance East of England
EU Parliament East of England
UK Parliament
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52°00′25″N 0°31′55″E / 52.007°N 0.532°E / 52.007; 0.532Coordinates: 52°00′25″N 0°31′55″E / 52.007°N 0.532°E / 52.007; 0.532
View of Toppesfield taken from Stambourne Road.

Toppesfield is a small village, historically associated with arable farming, in north Essex, England.


Toppesfield has approximately three-hundred inhabitants. Around one mile south-south east from the village lies the hamlet of Gainsford End, which has approximately fifty inhabitants and used to boast a countryside museum.


The derivation of the name 'Toppesfield' is assumed to be an agglomeration of the phrase 'Top of the Field' meaning it is located on a rise.


As stated, Toppesfield sits atop a small and shallow hill. This means that all roads lead downhill from its centre (a covered water pump). This also results in Toppesfield church tower being easily visible from other villages more than 10 miles distant.

Toppesfield is situated in north Essex, which has considerably hillier terrain than most other areas of Essex. It is situated close (8 miles) to the Suffolk borders.


The single public house in Toppesfield is the Green Man. This is owned by Toppesfield Community Pub Limited ('TCP'), an Industrial & Provident Society which was established in 2012. TCP gained control of the Green Man in December 2012 from Admiral Taverns, a national 'pubco' which had had financial problems for many years. TCP is owned by more than 150 shareholders who raised share capital exceeding £150,000 to help finance the purchase.[2]


The village operates a single primary school, affiliated with the Church of England, called St Margarets.


Affiliated with the Church of England, St. Margaret's Church is of traditional design. A small graveyard surrounds the church. The church is administered by the local Reverend who is based in Great Yeldham and currently administers and presides at a number of local churches.


The pump is the centre part of Toppesfield and is an exciting aspect of the old village. Many events have taken place in and around the pump such as the Golden Jubilee celebrations in June 2002.

Village hall[edit]

Attached to the village shop and post office the village hall is a well used section of the village. Playing host to the annual Flower Show and The Millennium Party held in 1999-2000.

Neighbouring villages[edit]

Neighbouring Toppesfield are the villages of Great Yeldham and Stambourne and the hamlet of Gainsford End.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 7 September 2016. 
  2. ^ The Green Man pub bought by Toppesfield villagers, BBC, retrieved 14 December 2012 

External links[edit]

Media related to Toppesfield at Wikimedia Commons