Saffron Walden


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Tel code: 01799 | code search
Postcode: CB10 | code search
Population: 16000
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Birthplace of:
Dick Turpin
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Folk Customs:
Choosing Day, Brightlingsea
Kichel throwing in Harwich
Mad Maldon Mud Race
Opening the Oyster Fishery
Plough Monday
The Dunmow Flitch

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Old English Gentleman
"Given that the beer is the most expensive in the town, it is terrible quality. They have a selection, but obviously either don't know or don't care about keeping it ..." More

Prezzo Restaurant
"Good value tasty food, pleasant staff and a pleasant low key atmosphere. I would recommend it.

Date visited: 30.03.09 ..." More

Old Forge
"During our nights stay there we were woken up by the fire alarm at 3.30 in the morning, which was set off by the manageress and her friends smoking downstairs, ..." More

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Saffron Walden is an historic medieval town and over the 360 years between 1140 and 1500, the success of different trades helped Saffron Walden grow up to become the successful and thriving town that it is today.
Saffron Walden is the only town in the country to be associated with the precious crop, saffron. Saffron was in great demand for the woollen industry and brought wealth to the town. The church benefited greatly from this commodity as spare gardens were used to grow saffron to provide money for the church. The wealth the church gained can still be seen today in the form of the magnificent spire which adorns the church.
Malt was another commodity which Saffron Walden successfully traded in the 1870's, Conical shaped roofs of the maltings dominated the skyline and there were once as many as 15 pubs in the town of which only a few remain today.
The income provided by trading helped fund a market square, a motte and bailey castle and of course the church and there is evidence to suggest that the town was abundant in other trades, with streets such as 'Butchers Row' and 'Tanner Row' among others showing that there was much more economic activity.
The cattle market also played an important part in the successful trade in the town. These were originally held in the current market square before being moved to Hill Street, which was closed and replaced by in a supermarket in the early 1980's although the original gate to the market still stands as a prominent landmark.
The town market is said to be one of the earliest in Essex (started in around 1141) and the town grew up around it. Essex Tourism - 0871 716 2199 Calls cost less than 10p per minute


Audley End House and Park
Audley End Miniature Railway
Bridge End Gardens
Fry Public Art Gallery
HDRA Gardens
Priors Hall Barn
Saffron Walden Museum


Home Farm Fishery


Uttlesford District Council


Mrs Beckwith, Mr Griffin & Mrs Rae
The Dental Surgery


Eaton C J & Partners
Gold Street Surgery
Newport Surgery
Sills P R & Partners

Estate Agent

Bairstow Eves West
Bruce Munro
Comins Robert
Hambro Countrywide Country Houses
Intercounty Partnership

Kevin Henry
Mullucks Wells & Associates

Golf Club

Saffron Walden


Queens Head Inn
Red Lion Hinxton


Saffron Walden Country Market

Pub and Bar

Gate Inn
Kings Arms
Old English Gentleman
Old Forge
Railway Arms


Cricketers' Arms
Jade Garden
Prezzo Restaurant


Friends School


Heckford Norton


Safe-Cars Executive Taxis
Walden Cabs


Mercer & Hughes

Sports Clubs

Saffron Walden CC (Cricket)
Saffron Walden Judo Club (Martial Arts)


Harts Bookshop
Flower Shop
Bradshaw Ceramic Restoration
Bradshaw Ceramic Restorations
C & A Gould Ltd
Haddon Optical
Gray Palmer Ltd
Johnny Briggs
Farmer Kit Organics
Maze Coffee Shop
Cafe Cou Cou

Bouncers Bruncherie
Sceptred Isle Food Co Ltd
Chisnalls Deli
The Golden Butterfly
Ambrosial Bread
Burton & Son Butchers
Springwell Nursery & Garden Centre
Graces Farm & Country Gift Shop
The Corner Cupboard
The Holly Trees


Bush Antiques
Ickleton Antiques
Market Row Antiques & Collectables
T Reed & Son Ltd
Lankester Antiques & Books
Debden Antiques & Interiors


Barnards Farm Riding Centre(Riding)

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Red Lion (0.24 miles)

Red Lion

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Classic 16th Century Grade II listed Freehouse in a tiny conservation village, sitting in a walled garden overlooked by a dovecote and the village church. Exclusive Alastair Sawday Guide publication ... More

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Saffron Hotel (0.24 miles)

Saffron Hotel
The Saffron Hotel in Saffron Walden offers 16 individually decorated en suite rooms, all comfortably furnished. All rooms are well equipped with a television with freeview, a hair dryer, ironing facilities and tea/coffee making equipment. ... More | visit website
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Queens Head Inn (1.55 miles)

Queens Head Inn

The Queen's Head Inn is a traditional 14th century coaching inn, located in the quiet and picturesque village of Littlebury in rural Essex. If you require accommodation we offer a traditional and relaxed atmosphere. All our rooms ... More | visit website

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Cricketers (5.07 miles)


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16th Century Freehouse in the heart of the English countryside, beamed ceilings, log fires, cask ales, English Tourist Board Silver Award and well known restaurant recommended in all major guide ... More

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Duxford Lodge (5.70 miles)

Duxford Lodge

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Duxford Lodge Hotel, built in the early part of the 1900s as a private house still retains some of its grandeur. All fifteen bedrooms are individually decorated to a high ... More

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Cricketers' Arms (5.84 miles)

The Cricketers Arms is the ideal place to stay whether you’re on business, travelling to the airport, attending a wedding or simply visiting the area.

As well as being ideal for getting to or from Stansted ... More | visit website
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Swan Hotel (6.43 miles)

Swan Hotel
In picturesque Thaxted, Swan Hotel is just 8 miles from London Stansted Airport. The historic coaching inn features a charming restaurant, real ale bar and elegant rooms with free Wi-Fi. The bright and airy bedrooms have ... More | visit website
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Holiday Inn Express M11 J10 (6.47 miles)

Holiday Inn Express M11 J10

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The Holiday Inn Express Cambridge Duxford hotel aims to be the premier choice for guests searching Cambridge hotels. The stylish Holiday Inn Express Cambridge Duxford offers 73 inviting guestrooms complete ... More

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The Old Red Lion Inn (6.85 miles)

The Old Red Lion Inn
There are 12 comfortably furnished, en-suite bedrooms, including ground floor rooms some with disabled facilities. They are all situated in attractive buildings around the main building and restaurant, allowing for a more tranquil stay. We ... More | visit website
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Old Red Lion (6.85 miles)

Old Red Lion

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The Old Red Lion hotel dates back to its 18th Century days and was originally an old farm house. The lodges offer comfortable accommodation in a charming setting. There are 12 comfortably ... More

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