Writtle Village

Chelmsford, Essex
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Tithe Barn
Location of King John's Hunting Lodge
 Writtle Essex, its History and Heritage
THE HISTORY OF THE PARISH OF WRITTLE UsefulContacts  HeritageWrittle

Writtle has been a favoured place to live since the Stone Age some 6000 years ago. Since then there are many signs that Bronze Age and Iron Age people lived in the Parish. The Romans also lived in Writtle, as seen in the artefacts, Pargetting

roads and buildings that they left behind, and are just being rediscovered. 


Writtle was a large town of over a thousand in the Doomsday book of 1086, whilst Chelmsford was a mere 20 

Sign of King John's Hunting Lodgesouls. The site of a royal hunting lodge in King John’s reign can be seen at the College, along with a tithe barnTithe Barn built about 1500. 


Robert the Bruce, King of Scotland was probably born in the Village. Judging by the number of large timber

Aubynsframed houses in the Parish, Writtle was an important, wealthy place in the Medieval & Tudor periods. Latterly Writtle’s claim to fame is that Marconi started the first regular radio broadcasts from a small hut in Writtle in 1922, with the call sign 2MT (two-emma-toc). The hut is now in the Sandford Mill Industrial Museum.

Further reading about Writtle available from the Writtle Archives

  • A history of Writtle - "Educating Writtle, School Day and Childhood Memories" October 2010 5.
  • A History of Writtle - "Writtle Pubs and Inns" 2001    3.50 (to order)
  • A History of Writtle - " 'Open all Hours'  - Writtle Shops" 2006   6.50 (to order)
  • "Historic Writtle - the Romans".  2008 5
  • "Historic Writtle - Village life through misfortune and war" 2014 5
  • "Historic Writtle - The Marconi Company in Writtle" . 2014 3

 Published books detailing Writtle 

     "2MT Writtle - The birth on British Broadcasting" Tim Wander Update Oct 2010.
Chelmsford Museum Oaklands Park 
Moulsham Street  
01245 605700 www.Chelmsford.gov.uk/museums
Essex County Council Historic Environment Dept County Hall   Chelmsford 01245 430430 www.essexcc.gov.uk/heritage
Essex Records Office Wharf Road   Chelmsford 01245  244644 www.essexcc.gov.uk/ero
Heritage Writtle General information
01245 422986
01245 421515
01245 422726
Writtle Archives Wendy Hibbitt 01245 421265 Wendyhibbitt@hotmail.com
Writtle Library The Green  Writtle 01245 420458 www.librarytechnology.org
 The Writtle Society

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