A MAN died after falling into a pond outside his 16th century home.
The man, who was in his 60s and has been named locally as Graham Davies, was found by firefighters after they were called to Sparrow Hall in Twinstead at 8pm last Friday.
A crew from Halstead pulled Mr Davies from the pond and carried him to waiting paramedics, but they were unable to revive him and he was pronounced dead at the scene.
David Holland, a Twinstead parish councillor, said Mr Davies’ death had “saddened” those living in the small village.
“It is very sad news for the community,” he said.
“He kept himself to himself. His family and friends are in the thoughts of everyone in the village.”
Mr Holland added that it was not the first time someone had died in the pond – a boy drowned in the same pond a century ago.
A spokesman for Essex Police said: “We were called just before 8pm on March 23 with reports of a man falling into a pond.
“The man was pulled from the pond by fire crews and declared dead at the scene.
“The death is not being treated as suspicious and a file is being prepared for the coroner.”