With its tudor buildings and village green, Saffron Walden feels like a glimpse of the region's past
Yet far from representing a rural idyll, people are increasingly moving here to be closer to the capital, not to escape it.
At seven in the morning, the local train station Audley End is packed, as workers head to London.
The capital has a wealth of jobs but also Britain's highest house prices. Many can't afford to live there, especially with a family.
One in five workers in London now commute - that's 790,000 people - and many are moving East
Across the Eastern region, Estate Agents Savills say commuters account for 48% of their housing sales, while for Strutt and Parker it's 32% - a 17% increase on last year
Serena Rudd is a Londoner who moved to Saffron Walden 8 years ago - she fell in love with the town, and all she felt it could provide for her two children.
She became a commuter and drives two hours to work each day.
There are signs the East of England's growing popularity is pushing up prices. In Uttlesford an average house is now worth 7 times the average annual local salary.
Rising prices can leave people who work in Saffron Walden in a difficult position. Eddie Gradica runs his own cafe here, but can't afford to live with his family in the town where he works.
With the London property market still pushing people out of the capital, the ripples of rising house prices are likely to spread ever further Eastwards, affecting the way all of us live and work.