Heart of the Village
East Bergholt Village Heart encompasses an area of land bordering Gaston Street, The Street and Rectory Hill, between the two main settled parts of the village. This is a part of a designated Conservation Area and is wholly within the Dedham Vale AONB.
The historic core of East Bergholt is a part of the area, designated a Conservation Area in 1968. There are no scheduled monuments actually within the parish, although two lie close by: the site of the medieval Dodnash Priory, situated adjacent the north eastern parish boundary, and a group of up to a dozen ring ditches southwest of Reed Island, c.230m south of the parish boundary on the south bank of the River Stour.
This area is defined by significant buildings that form the historic origins of the village at Old Hall and is characterised by a more dispersed settlement pattern and varied building line compared to the village centre. The combination of important historic buildings, historic boundary walls and mature vegetation combine to create a special highly valued character.
The south-western half of the parish lies within the Dedham Vale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), an area covering 117 square miles across Dedham Vale and the Stour Valley, an area registered battlefields within the parish.