Our Copford and Easthorpe

 

Copford and Easthorpe lie to the West of Colchester, two connected communities, easily overlooked, but with hidden treasures. Copford has two areas, one astride the ancient Roman road to London and Copford Green, connected to the old London Road by School Road, which then winds its way to Easthorpe. Both villages hold a quiet beauty, which include treasures of local and national importance.  Copford has a renowned Saxon Church containing remarkable, internationally celebrated, Norman Wall paintings, described in Nicolaus Pevsner’s book “The Buildings of England”. Copford and Easthorpe have no less than three manor houses, ranging from the 15th to 18th centuries, a 17th century cart lodge and many fine examples of houses from across the centuries, 36 of which are listed. Like any perfect English village, a welcoming pub, the Alma, is host to locals, walkers and is a beacon for admirers of vintage cars, which congregate there in the summer months.

Copford and Easthorpe, like any places of value, need to be recognised, understood, celebrated and defended, but above all, enjoyed.