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Elsenham is a small village in north west Essex in southern Englandmarker. Its neighbouring towns include Bishop's Stortfordmarker, Saffron Waldenmarker, and Stansted Mountfitchetmarker.

History

Elsenham is recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086 as Alsenham and Elsenham in the Hundred of Uttlesford. Part belonged to Robert Gernon and part to John, nephew of Waleran.

The village is best known for Elsenham Jam, which was produced on the Elsenham estate of Sir Walter Gilbey, and marketed with the slogan, "the most expensive jam in the world". Elsenham Jam is no longer produced in Elsenham, the company having moved to Walesmarker.

In April 2008, Elsenham was short-listed by the Government as a potential site for a 5,000 homes 'eco-town' development.

Notable features

Notable features include Elsenham Hall, the home of Sir Walter Gilbey, St Mary's Church, formerly known as the Little Norman Church on the Hill, and The Pump, which stands in the village centre and was built by Sir Walter Gilbey in memory of his wife, a horse, Golden Miller, who won the Cheltenham Gold Cupmarker five times between 1932 to 1936 and the Grand National in 1934 is buried at Elsenham Stud.

Society and leisure

Elsenham has a number of small clubs. A variety of village events are held each year: a village fete; the Flower Show Society's Annual Show; an Arts & Craft Fair and a firework display in the autumn; and Santa and Gift Galore in December. There are tennis courts, a bowling green, cricket field a youth football club and 2 pool teams. The village has a number of small businesses and a pub, and has a primary school, including a pre-school. (Registration required).

Transport

The village is served by a railway stationmarker. It is about four miles from junction 8 of the M11 motorway and also approximately three miles from Stansted Airportmarker. A highly publicised expansion of the airport could include new road and rail links passing within the village boundaries.

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