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Writtle has a population of around 4,200 and has retained its character with many beautiful walks and places of interest. Writtle holds a number of events on its village green, details of these can be found in our village diary.
History of Writtle
Writtle is one of the prettiest villages in the county with many Grade I listed houses. It dates back to the Romans who were present in the village shortly after the Roman conquest and two Roman burial urns were found buried in the gardens of the old vicarage.
Writtle was a royal manor and was mentioned in the Domesday Book when its population was about 900 making it bigger than Chelmsford at the time. The manor was situated on the main route between London and East Anglia and part of this route can be seen at Lawford Lane, which is now a bridle path.
King John is one of the most famous people to be associated with Writtle. He built a hunting lodge in the village in 1211, which is now situated within the grounds of Writtle College. It is also believed that Robert the Bruce, who was once the King of Scotland, was born in the village on July 11, 1274.
Today, little remains of Writtles royal connections, but it is only a matter of time before more of the villages past is discovered with Iron Age, Bronze Age and Roman ruins currently being dug up by amateur archaeologists.
In March 1990 the Parish Council asked for volunteers to start a collection of photographs of the village and Writtle Archives was created. Writtle Archives is currently located in the Christian Centre and is open on Wednesday afternoons from 2.00 - 5.00pm. There is a proposal to build an extension at the Parish Office to rehouse the Archives.
Forthcoming Parish Council Meetings
Writtle is currently undertaking a Neighbourhood Plan. Minutes, agendas and updated information can be on this website.
For information and services provided by other authorities visit the following websites: Essex County Council (including Highways to report potholes and other highways issues or flooding), Chelmsford City Council (including planning, public health, refuse collection), current and future roadworks, Essex Police (to report an non-emergency incident. Always call 999 in an emergency)
Village Design Statement
The Writtle Village Design Statement was developed by a small nucleus of residents who formed a steering group. The group sought views of the community in order to identify the local character of the parish and to make a record of it for the year 2002 and to develop the design and character of future development proposals. You can view a copy here.
Writtle Parish Plan
A public meeting was held on Saturday, 9 September 2006 in the village hall. A committee was elected by those present to start the process of compiling a Parish Plan. You can view a copy here.