Blackmore village is surrounded by countryside and has been named ‘Essex Best Kept Village of the Year’ 2003 and ‘Essex Village of the Year’ 1997. There is a village shop, primary school, two village halls, a sport and social club, football and cricket pitches and a sport arena. The village also has two churches: the Anglican Priory Church of St Laurence, part of which dates back to the 12th century and Blackmore Baptist Church. The Anglican Church of St Laurence hosts many events, including ‘teas in the tower’ on the first Sunday afternoon in the month from May to October. The Primary school is for boys and girls aged 4-11, and currently holds 141 pupils, making it a comfortable starting point for any child’s’ education.
If in need of refreshment after a long walk, bike-ride or just peckish, Blackmore boasts two tearooms that are friendly and have a lovely atmosphere. Henry VIII had a mistress Bessie Blount who he used to visit on the Jericho Priory Estate. Jericho Cottage is one of the houses on that estate, so when visiting this tearoom you could be treading in King Henry’s footsteps! Next to Blackmore are the smaller settlements of Stondon Massey, a parish in its own right and once the home of boxer Frank Bruno, Hook End and Wyatt’s Green.
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