Our Group

The White Colne History Group was formed in September 2005.  Since that time, we have secured financial support from the Heritage Lottery Fund, have established clear objectives, summarised below, and have been working towards delivering these.

        appropriate, through other media,

        histories and connections with the village,

      residents, and

        Colne and produce maps and information to  enable

        residents and visitors to explore our history.


Our Village

White Colne is the smallest of the four villages which take their names from the river which forms the southern boundary of our parish.

It is an ancient parish, mentioned in the Domesday Book, although little known outside the local area.  It is part of a wider landscape rich in history:

                       – to the east lies Colchester, Britain’s oldest recorded town,

                       – to the West, Earls Colne, one of the best recorded villages in England,

                       – to the North, the Stour Valley made famous by artists, Constable and Gainsborough,

                       – and all around the heritage of the wool trade which brought prosperity to Essex, Suffolk and indeed the whole of

                                 England in the 15th and 16th centuries.

In many ways, White Colne is typical of many small English villages.  Our underlying aim is to improve our understanding of the evolution of our community and to preserve this history for today’s and future residents.

By accessing the menu on the left of these pages you can look further into what we have achieved so far and what we have planned.

This is an ongoing project, and should you wish to join us or feel you can contribute your own local knowledge or merely need some help with your own research, please use the ‘Contact Us’ page or get in touch with one of the group directly.

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