High Street heroes in…Danbury
PUBLISHED: 20:14 02 April 2015 | UPDATED: 20:15 02 April 2015
With its rural charm and outstanding natural beauty, Danbury is a place that holds its traditional high street in high regard. Emily Talbut explains more
Situated on top of a hill 112m above sea level, Danbury is a large village in rural Essex at the centre of impressive areas of woodland owned by the National Trust and other conservation initiatives. With Danbury Common named a Site of Special Scientific Interest, Blakes Wood being a place where locals can take a stroll by preserved lakes and admire ancient oaks and sweet chestnuts, and The Griffin identified as a listed timer-framed building dating back to the early 16th century, it is not surprising that Danbury not only aims to conserve it’s natural history, but it’s local trade as well.
A thriving sector of independent retailers can be found here, specialising in every field from floristry to puppet making, delighting in handmade jewellery and even having several services that cater for web design, ensuring Danbury’s people do not get left behind while long-standing values and surroundings withstand pressures to change.
It can often be heard said that this village prides itself on having a strong community spirit, boasting an abundance of schools, churches and places of interest. These include Eves Corner, found at the centre of the village. This location boasts picturesque shops, a duck pond and delightful cafes that continue to thrive, supported by residents who continue to shy away from the mainstream coffee shops that dominate most high streets.
Here Essex Life introduces you to some of the faces you might meet on a visit to Danbury…