Things to do in Strethall, Essex
Anyone with any doubts about the beauty of the Essex countryside should visit Strethall in mid August, on a day when the sun is shining down on the golden cornfields and the harvest is well and truly underway.
The village lies 4 miles west north-west of Saffron Walden and appears in the Domesday Book as ‘Strathala', the name being derived from Old English words straeth and halh meaning ‘Nook of land by a Roman Road'.
The Parish Church is situated on a slight rise, next to a farm and actually predates the Norman invasion with Saxon parts of the church remaining.
There are no monuments of remembrance in the church or in the village and nothing to indicate its good fortune in the Great War - but Strethall is one of the country's ‘Thankful Villages', those very rare places that suffered no fatalities during the Great War of 1914-1918 and it is the only ‘Thankful Village' in Essex.
Description by Rod Morris