Castle Hedingham is located about five miles west of Halstead. It has a fascinating past, having grown up around its Norman castle. This website includes a brief history and both old and modern photos and records.
Lower Sheering, the manor of Cowicks (Quickbury) in the Domesday book, has about 1100 households and lies in the Stort Valley adjoining the town of Sawbridgeworth. There is a thriving business community in the old maltings and a pub and hotel.
The name Sheering is probably derived from Anglo-Saxon for "settlement of the people of Scir". There are several early moated sites on either side of The Street in Sheering Village. In the Domesday Book of 1087, Sheering appears as a substantial settlemen