Castle Hedingham is a village in northeast Essex in the Colne Valley on the ancient road from Colchester to Cambridge. The village developed around Hedingham Castle, the ancestral seat of the De Veres, Earls of Oxford. Many beautiful buildings from the medieval and Tudor periods survive within the village. The De Vere’s main emblem, a star or mullet, is carved into several of the buildings. There are also a number of fine brick houses from the 18th and 19th centuries.