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Writtle is situated 2 miles west of Chelmsford, the county town of Essex, and about 30 miles north east of London.  We are 15 minutes drive from the M25, and half an hour's drive from Stansted Airport. The Church is located in the centre of the village on the south side of the village Green, behind a 16th century half-timbered house called ‘Aubyns’.

Click for a map of the area (external link to Streetmap.co.uk),

or click on thumbnail for a more detailed map of the village.


AA Route Planner: Click on AA Route Planner and enter Postcode CM1 3EN

Ordnance Survey Grid Reference: TL 678062 (1:50000 Landranger Map 167 or 1:25000 Explorer Map 183)

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Parking at the Church - There is a free public car park near the weir pond, on the Green to the east of the Church. Some limited parking may be available (but not coaches) next to the church. Access is via The Green and through a narrow entrance at the SW corner.

Access to the Tower - Access to the spacious ringing chamber is via the west door and then by spiral staircase in the NE corner. If you are a visiting band then you will normally be met by one of the ringers. There are toilet and kitchen facilities in the base of the tower.

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Lunchtime stop or just a drink - There are five public houses in the village, three of which are close to the village Green:

  • The Wheatsheaf (cheese or ham baguettes are available Monday to Saturday at lunch times.  Tea and coffee are always available).  A tied house, part of the Gray's group, serves Greene King IPA and Abbot and Mighty Oak Maldon Gold Oscar Wilde Mild. Now also serves other beers from local micro breweries such as Falmers of Maldon, Wibbler's of Mayland and Sharps of Rock, Cornwall. A small friendly 'locals' pub. It can be found north of the Church on the right hand side, just past the Inn on the Green. Members of the band can usually be found here after practice night, as well as at other times!

To read about the goings-on in the Wheatsheaf, click on the image of the pub or on The Wheatsheet.

The entry for The Wheatsheaf in the 1998 edition of CAMRA’s Good Beer Guide said "Traditional, cosy, two-bar village pub, popular with locals, bell ringers and morris dancers".






  • The Rose and Crown, overlooking the village green serves bar snacks and meals. It serves a range of beers from many independent breweries, and is supplied by The Beer Seller. It can be found to the north of the Church.  There is a spacious garden overlooking the Green. The Rose and Crown holds a beer festival in the garden every Easter.
  • The Blue Bridge Restaurant (at the junction with Lodge Road and St John's Green).  Formerly know as the Cock and Bell. Recently underwent extensive refurbishment and now more of an eatery.

The picturesque village and Green makes this an ideal lunchtime stop for your tower outing.  Click here to view images of the other pubs in the village.  

We would be happy to advise on suitable lunchtime stops, either in the village or locally, as well as other local ringable towers, of which there are many.

A number of walks ranging from 30 minutes to 4.5 hours can be found at the Chelmsford Borough Council website.

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