A mixture of local shops straddle both sides of the main street running through the village including a small supermarket, hardware store, garages, motorcycle shop, butchers, pharmacy, hairdressers, florists, post office, takeaways etc. There is an active local community with a variety of local clubs and groups.
There are two schools in the village: St Peters Primary which is a church school aiming to provide a happy, caring environment where children feel safe and supported within a Christian environment; Hedingham Secondary School and Sixth Form is one of two large comprehensive schools in the area and is well known for various sporting achievements. A list of schools and league tables can be found here.
Whilst the village has developed considerably over the years the early village is still evident in the clusters of cottages and larger houses around the 14th Century church and the three small streams that feed into the river Colne. These houses are mostly of timber construction, an indication that this part of Essex was once heavily forested, thus plenty of building material was available.
If you are looking for a nostalgic day our then visit the Colne Valley Railway with its one mile long heritage railway complete with station, signal boxes, bridges and other railway buildings. They also hold special events and steam days. At the other end of the village is Alderford Mill one of the best preserved Water Mills in Essex.
A mixture of period cottages and terraces, farmhouses, Victorian and 30's built property and more modern late 20th century developements.
A two - to three-bedroom cottage would cost around £350,000 with prices ranging up to 1,250,000 for a four- to five-bedroom detached.