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Area Fact File: Black Notley

Joscelyne Chase | 11/11/16   Jasmine Snelling MNAEA

More information for our buyers and tenants for the area of Black Notley. 

Black Notley is a village located in the Braintree District approximately 2 miles south of Braintree town.  The Black Notley village sign represents John Ray who was a naturalist who was born in the village. He decided to put in order man’s recordings of his natural surroundings. His book on the history of plants was published in three volumes. His system of classification was used for over 200 years.  The village celebrated the 300th anniversary of his most famous work ‘Historia Plantarum’ by holding a John Ray supper which was held in the village hall in 1986. 

The place name ‘Notley’ was first mentioned in a Saxon charter of 998 as Hnutlea and appears as ‘Nutlea’ in the Domesday book of 1086. The name means nut wood. Black Notley is first attested in 1240.

It is thought that the reason Black Notley & White Notley have their names is from the fact the churches are different in colour due to their construction. White Notley’s church is light coloured with stone and rubble which when it was first built made it look very white.  Black Notley’s church was coated in tar to protect its wooden walls from the weather so the village became Black Notley.

Black Notley hospital opened in 1904 as an isolation hospital for small pox patients. In 1930 the new sanatorium building was built for those with Tuberculosis. Previously the hospital had specialised in orthopedics and plastic surgery. In 1995 the hospital closed and the services were moved to Broomfield Hospital in Chelmsford. From there the site was sold to Cofton Group in 1998 for development and building commenced over the following years. The development provided around 350 new homes.

Black Notley has the St Peter and St Paul’s Church which is situated toward the North of Black Notley Village and is surrounded by the fields of Notley Hall.

The church offers many groups and activities including the choir and the bell ringers. People of all ages join together on Sunday mornings for their main service. They are open for special services around Easter and Christmas. Anyone who lives in the parish can get married, have their child baptised or hold a funeral at the church.

The church is of an ancient Norman structure, with a wooden turret containing three bells and has a shingled spire. It also has a later addition of a porch.

Below are plot prices for 51 new build houses in Bedells Avenue back in 1968.

For a three bedroom semi-detached house prices started at £4,500. For linked £4,400 and £5,250 for a detached house

In Black Notley you can find a range of amenities including a convenience store/post office and Kut and Dry hair salon in Bedells Avenue. The village also benefits from Black Notley Community Association which offers activities such as Tai Chi, Table Tennis, Carpet Bowls and features a heated open air pool open from May until October. Memberships are available and the hall can be hired at a cost.

For other leisure activities in the village you can visit The Notleys Golf Club which allows you the opportunity to try out the new sport of footgolf which is a fast growing sport in the USA and now in the UK.  The club house has a function room available for hire for all types of events and can accommodate up to 120 people.

Also located within The Notleys Golf Club is Lemans fitness which is a gym providing everything from gym equipment to personal training and outdoor boot camp classes.

There are two pre-schools in the village. Mannadale Nursery and The Colour Wheel. They offer childcare for children from 3 months old to 8 years old.

The Vine Inn can be found on The Street, Black Notley. This 16th Century pub provides a central bar and restaurant area with lunchtime and evening meals available.

Just as you enter Black Notley you will see on your left hand side the village playing field and pavilion which now has a meeting room, small kitchen and a parish office.  It is available to hire from Monday to Friday daytime only.