Hedingham Castle is the perfect base to explore the picturesque and quintessentially English village of Castle Hedingham. It is still possible to trace the medieval street layout and the village contains some fine timber-framed buildings as well as two friendly pubs, a delightful tea room and a selection of shops. Of particular note is the Church of St Nicholas which dates, like the Castle, from the early part of the C12th. With many Norman features it is also unusual in having been partly constructed of materials from the Castle, taken when the Tudor outbuildings were demolished. Against the north wall of the chancel you can find the tomb of the 15th Earl, John de Vere, carved with his coat of arms.