The History of Colne Engaine

_DSC6363The charming and friendly village of Colne Engaine is set in the heart of the beautiful Colne Valley and is situated on the Essex, Suffolk borders a mere 1 ½ hours from London and 45 minutes from Stansted Airport. The village is situated on the north bank of the of the River Colne with the larger village of Earls Colne just 1 ½ miles to the south, Halstead 2 ½ miles to the west and Colchester, the oldest recorded town in England, 11 miles to the South East.

The Colne Valley is steeped in history and Colne Engaine itself has evidence of Roman and other small medieval settlements. The village takes its name from the river, around which it is likely that the earliest settlements were made, and the Engaine family, who were the principal family of the village between 1279 and 1367. Colne Engaine is one of four villages named after the river, the others being Earls Colne, Wakes Colne and White Colne but previously the village had been known as Little Colne and is recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086 as Parva Colun which then had only 38 inhabitants.

_DSC6333The village is still home to many old houses, the oldest dating from the end of the 13th or early 14th century and centering on the hilltop the church of St Andrew is said to be dated 12th and 13th century. Our village pub ‘The Five Bells’ which promises you a warm welcome looks over the stunning views of the Colne Valley, it is itself over 500 years old and has records of all it’s resident landlords since 1579 displayed in the bar area.

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