Finchingfield, Felsted and Saffron Walden named in Sunday Times best places to live in region

PUBLISHED: 13:42 22 March 2017 | UPDATED: 14:18 22 March 2017

Finchingfield. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTO

Finchingfield. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTO

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Not one but two villages as well as Saffron Walden have been named as three of the best places to live in the east of England.

Finchingfield, Felsted and Saffron Walden have made it into The Times top 15 places to live in East Anglia.

Known for its picture post-card scenery, thatched cottages, windmill, duck pond and cafes, Finchingfield is the embodiment of all that is quintessentially English.

It is little wonder the historic village has been drawing attention, placing at number six in the list, and house prices in the area have been soaring.

Graham Tobbell, chairman of the Finchingfield Parish Council, said: “It’s a great place to live, it’s a great place to visit and we’re very privileged because all the things visitors come to see and enjoy, we get all the time.

Queen Elizabeth II visited Felsted School in 2014. Photo: Katalin KarolyiQueen Elizabeth II visited Felsted School in 2014. Photo: Katalin Karolyi

“Living in Finchingfield is sometimes like being on a permanent holiday. It’s a very active village, it’s a real living village with all the quintessential things.”

Felsted has also found itself in the spotlight, making it into the top five, for its picturesque appearance and top notch private school.

A 20 minute drive from Stansted Airport, Felsted has been rated for its easy access to commuter trains taking just 50 minutes to reach central London.

Not to mention its historic credentials; Oliver Cromwell sent his sons to Felsted School which was founded in 1564.

St Mary's Church, Saffron Walden. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTOSt Mary's Church, Saffron Walden. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTO

Chris Townsend, head teacher at Felsted School, said: “I was delighted to see Felsted included among the best places to live in East Anglia.

“One really important aspect of life in Felsted is the strong sense of community between the school and the village, and we are proud to play such a central part in the life of this wonderful community.”

The Times has also tipped its hat to Saffron Walden’s ancient market-town beauty, bustling market, historic attractions and outstanding schools, placing it at number 11.

Mayor of Saffron Walden, Sarfraz Anjum, said: “I’m really proud, I think it’s a great honour for everyone who lives in Saffron Walden because we try to keep it beautiful and to make it more beautiful.

“I love Saffron Walden and I think it’s the most beautiful town in the world.”

Audley End station gets a mention too, with its 50 minute route to London and offerings of tasty espressos and high-end fine wine selection.

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