Said to be England’s most photographed village, Finchingfield has appeared on countless calendars, chocolate boxes, postcards and Beautiful Britain books.
The combination of village green, duckpond, humpbacked bridge and pub, overlooked by colourwashed cottages, windmill and mediaeval church, give it an unbeatable series of views.
The Guildhall, underneath which is the archway leading to the church, holds a museum of local history.
Sir John Ruggles-Brise, who introduced the Borstal system to separate boys from serial adult offenders, was born at Finchingfield.
Dodie Smith, the author of “The Hundred and One Dalmatians”, lived here.