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Chipping Ongar is a very old and important St Andrews Church Greenstead
settlement.  Chipping was Anglo Saxon for
market, and Aungre (Ongar) for grassland.  In
Norman times a castle was built there. The
earth mound, or mott, on which the castle
stood can still be seen today.  One of the
most important and famous buildings in
Greenstead near Ongar is St Andrew's Church. 
Dating from the 11th century it is believed to
be the oldest wooden church in the world. 
Shelley, now part of Ongar, has Bronze Age burial mounds.  Local primary schools include Shelley Primary School, Moreton C of E Primary School, High Ongar Primary School and Chipping Ongar Primary School.

For the Ongar Resource Bank click here
Follow these links for a more detailed history of Chipping Ongar , High Ongar , Shelley and Greenstead

This photograph shows the ancient log walls of St Andrew's Church, Greenstead today.

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