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a Picturesque Village in the county of Essex

About Finchingfield

This award winning village can be found 54 miles from London and has often been described as the 'most photographed village in England', winning many awards for its picturesque setting, with its traditional village duck pond, village green, pub and pretty cottages. A windmill, hump-backed bridge, and beautiful medieval church complete the picture of this quintessential English village close to Constable country in beautiful rural Essex.

There are many interesting buildings in the village including the Guildhall dating to around 1500, the Round House, or Pepper Pot house of 18th century Dutch design, and the Elizabethan Country House 'Spains Hall' which was built in the 15th century and is named after Hervey de Ispania, who was lord of the manor during the time of the Doomsday Book of 1086. Most of the villagers were once employed by the hall, which owned much of the village.

The village has been the subject of many paintings by various artists, including paintings by Lucien Pissaro (1863 - 1944) who visited the village and made several oil paintings.

The famous author Dodie Smith whose books included 'The Hundred and One Dalmations' is buried in the village, and a house once owned by her can be found along the same road as the village, about 1.5 miles outide it. It is a thatched property with a blue plaque memorial plate on the wall near the door.

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