Place:Great Bardfield, Essex, England


NameGreat Bardfield
Alt namesBerdefeldasource: Domesday Book (1985) p 100
Birdefellasource: Domesday Book (1985) p 100
Byrdefeldasource: Domesday Book (1985) p 100
Coordinates51.933°N 0.433°E
Located inEssex, England
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog

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Great Bardfield is a large village in Essex, England.

The Great Lodge at Bardfield is a Grade II listed building, which built in the 16th century and was given to Anne of Cleves by Henry VIII as one of several properties as part of a generous settlement for an amicable divorce. The grounds include a Grade I listed barn and a vineyard. Great Bardfield is home to the Bardfield Cage, a 19th-century village lock-up, and the Bardfield Museum. Great Bardfield has a windmill which has been converted to a house.

Great Bardfield played an important role in the history of the Oxlip which, in the UK, is a rare plant only found where Suffolk, Essex and Cambridgeshire meet. Originally it was thought that Oxlips were cowslip-primrose hybrids but in 1842 Henry Doubleday and Charles Darwin conducted tests on plants collected from Great Bardfield and concluded that this was not so. For a while the plant was known as the Bardfield Oxlip. The common cowslip-primrose hybrid is known as the False Oxlip.

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