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Archaeological evidence suggests a continuous settlement on or near the site of Saffron Walden from at least the Neolithic period. It is believed that a small Romano-British settlement and fort – possibly in the area around Abbey Lane – existed as an outpost of the much larger settlement of Cestreforda to the north. After the Norman invasion of 1066, a stone church was built. Walden Castle dates from around 1140. It may have been built on a pre-existing fortification. A priory, Walden Abbey, was founded under the patronage of Geoffrey de Mandeville, first Earl of Essex around 1136 on the site of what is now Audley End village. The abbey was separated from the town of Walden by Holywell Field. After the dissolution of the monasteries, Sir Thomas Audley converted the abbey cloisters into a dwelling. Later this would become the site of Audley End House. The market was moved from nearby Newport to Saffron Walden during de Mandeville's tenure increasing the town's influence and the town's Tuesday market operated from 1295. The town’s first charter was granted in around 1300, when the town was known as Chepyng Walden, meaning Market Walden. The town was largely confined to the castle's outer bailey, but in the 13th century the Battle or Repel Ditches were built or extended to enclose a new larger area to the south. The focus of the town moved southwards to Market Square. In the medieval period the primary trade was in wool and a guild hall was built by the wool-staplers in the marketplace. It was demolished in 1847 and replaced by a corn exchange. In the 16th and 17th centuries the saffron crocus (Crocus sativus) was widely grown, thanks to the town's favourable soil and climate. The flower was precious, as the extract from the stigmas was used in medicines, as a condiment, in perfume, as an aphrodisiac, and as an expensive yellow dye. The industry gave Walden its name.


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  • Pollution Statistics in Saffron Walden

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    • Air Pollution 23.44 (Low)
    • Water Pollution 32.81 (Low)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 35.94 (Low)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 26.56 (Low)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 25 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 21.88 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 19.12 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 9.38 (Very Low)
  • Saffron Walden: Crime and Safety

    How safe is Saffron Walden for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Saffron Walden.

    • Burglary and Theft 22.37 (Low)
    • Mugging and Robbery 18.06 (Very Low)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 11.11 (Very Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 11.11 (Very Low)
    • Car Stealing 13.89 (Very Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 19.44 (Very Low)
    • Attacks 11.11 (Very Low)
    • Drug offense 37.5 (Low)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 90.79 (Very High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 72.37 (High)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 20.83 (Low)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 13.89 (Very Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 29.17 (Low)
  • Living in Saffron Walden - Quality of Life

    Quality of Life Index of Saffron Walden is 189.48 (Very High)

    • Safety Index 79.76 (High)
    • Climate Index 90.71 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 28.39 (Low)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 29.4 (Low)
    • Cost of Living Index 79.78 (Moderate)
    • Health Care Index 69.82 (High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 12.06 (High)
    • Purchasing Power Index 112.76 (Very High)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Cost for Essentials in Saffron Walden

    Here's how much it will cost to shop in Saffron Walden

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.09 USD
    • International Movie per seat 14.01 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 43.18 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 80.76 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 84.03 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ​and subjected to change without notice.

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