Widdington Village 

 A little treasure in North Essex

Widdington village is a small picturesque village situated two miles South east 
of Newport and around five miles south of Saffron Walden.

 Widdington is a delightful village.
Winding lanes lead up from Newport to Widdington village.
The Village Green has late 18-century farm workers Cottages 
mixed with earlier stone and thatched cottages from the late 1600's
The combination of such mixed housing makes 
Widdington village a real treasure.

There But Not There

Men of Widdington

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn;
At the going down of the sun, and in the morning,
We will remember them.

Memonies of 1914-1918 

I hadn't long been at this village school when the 1914-18 war broke out....
 With the threat of invasion, arrow were painted on buildings to indicate where to go if it happened. One direction was towards Henham. 

The children had to play their part. I remember tearing paper into strips to be used as stuffing for pillows and the like, for army use, and the teacher was busy knitting khaki socks. 

In summer we went blackberry picking with teacher. We didn't mind because we were paid so much a pound for the berries. Sometimes we went home quite rich.

Occasionally the soldiers, when on manoeuvres came to the village, some on horseback. 
They sat on the green for a while for refreshments.cc Jugs milk or sugar, so it wasn't very nice. vres, came to the village, some on horseback. They sat on the green for a while for refreshments. Jugs of coffee were made for them. 
Any left over was given to us, but without milk or sugar, so it wasn’t very nice.
Every day at 12 noon the church bells were rung to remember the forces fighting for our country. 
We lost several of our men. The loss of manpower meant women going to work in fields. Some children went stone picking.

In those days we didn't have air raid wardens, shelters or gas masks, but we did have the blackout. 
We knew there was a raid when the planes went roaring over and we could hear guns in the distance. 

Two German Zeppelins were brought down not all that far from here. For some reason balloons were floating about the sky at times. One came down at the back of the Church.

During this time there was a very bad flu epidemic and many died, sometime more then one person in a family.

One day I was in the post office at lunchtime when the phone rang. It was to say the war was over. Amistice had been signed.
No school for us that afternoon.

Fr. Francis, June 1990


Widdington Winter Christmas Fair

Saturday 8th December 2018

From 3pm to 5pm

Widdington Village Hall

Angie and Me will be back on the Gluhwein Stall 

New housing estates.

Will village life be lost in Widdington by the threat of  the new housing estates.


Develops have now put forward proposals which would see the village expand further by listing new sites as suitable for new housing estates in the Village.

However, residents fear any more development could squeeze services to the very limit. 
Car traffic has increased tenfold over ten years with the proposal of more housing adding to the misery.

Raw sewage leaks from  inspection cover in stormy weather into gardens as the old pipe work can’t  cope. 
Lower green is often  flooded as the old storm drains are blocked and nothing can be done as these no money. 

Just next door in Henham, Fairfield Application for 350 houses on land to the North West Of Henham Road.

We need affordable housing in the village not million pound plus homes.

The annexed account entitled: 
The Village of Widdington, Essex

Was written in 1939, as an appendix to a History of the Hollis, Ainslic, 
Bullock, Smith, Griffiths, Murkin, and Perry Familes, and it may be well 
to preface the account by recording briefly how the four last mentioned 
families came to be associated with, or interested in, Widdington.

Please click on the picture 
The Village of Widdington, Essex

Parish Council Meeting November, 2018

We are collecting photographs and information relating 
to events that have taken place in Widdington village.
Please feel free to have a look at our fine collection of old Village photos 

We welcome any personal photographs or information 
you may have and would like to share with the Village and others.
If you would like to add events to the "Village Diary"or leave any comments.  
Please email me

If I have offended anyone with a Photograph or text on this website
Please email me so I can withdraw it immediately.
Thank you for taking the time to visit our village 
Gary Dunnett Webmaster 

Widdington Village Essex

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