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Ashdon Windmill
Grid reference: TL584421
Location: 52°3’19"N, 0°18’33"E
Population: 893  (2011[1])
Post town: Saffron Walden
Postcode: CB10
Dialling code: 01799
Local Government
Council: Uttlesford
Saffron Walden
Signpost in Ashdon

Ashdon is a village and parish in Essex, adjacent to the border with Cambridgeshire. It is about four miles north-east of Saffron Walden and 23 miles north-west of the county town of Chelmsford.


The village is approximately four miles north-east of the nearest town, Saffron Walden. It is on the River Bourn, a tributary to the River Granta, itself a tributary to the River Cam.

According to the 2011 census the population of the civil parish was 893, up from 792 in 2001.[1][2] Apart from Ashdon village, the parish also includes Stevington End and Church End.

The River Bourn has caused much flooding in recent years to the village of Ashdon in 2000 and 2001 saw heavy winds and rain flood it immensely. On 14 June 2007 the village fell victim to flash flooding when a month's rain fell in an hour causing heavy flooding.

Ashdon Halt was a stop on the now-closed Saffron Walden Railway near Church End.


The village has are two cricket teams that play at Waltons Park.[3] There is also a football, bowls. Ashdon has hosted numerous cycle events in recent years.

Places of interest

The Bartlow Hills lie at the extreme north of the ancient parish, adjacent to Bartlow in Cambridgeshire.

There is a windmill on the hill, Bragg's Mill, which has recently been renovated; it is one of the few remaining post mills in Essex. The restored windmill was opened on 23 September 2006 by Patricia Herrmann OBE, Vice Chairman of the Essex Environment Trust.[4] There is also a village museum with information on local history. The village hall is Midsummer Hill.

There are three religious centres in the village. These are two churches, All Saints Church and Ashdon Baptist Church and the Buddhist retreat at Marpa House. Ashdon Baptist Church has been in the village since 1809.[5] The parish church of All Saints dates from the 13th century, with later alterations.[6] Marpa House Buddhist retreat was established in 1973 and is run by the Dharma Trust and practices the Karma Kagyu tradition of Tibetan Buddhism.[7] Business includes the local Post Office, a garage, pub, farm and Beeches Nursery.


Outside links

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about Ashdon)