Discover Essex - Billericay
If you are looking for a relatively quiet area, great for families and for a commute to the City then Billericay could be the perfect option. The compact but convenient High Street has a combination of familiar stores and boutique style shops, there you will also find a plentiful supply of bars and restaurants catering for all tastes.
For those who enjoy green open spaces, then Billericay is for you. There is Lake Meadows, a 40 acre area of beautiful parkland situated in the heart of Billericay with a fishing lake, bowling green, football pitch and swimming pool. Nearby Norsey Woods is also a thriving nature reserve set in 165 acres, affording pleasant and scenic walks.
The town has many historic buildings and places of interest, and is known to have at least two prosperous periods within its colourful history, Tudor and Georgian. These are still visible today with many lovely buildings in and around the High Street. The impressive church tower was built around 1500. Chantry House was the 17th century home of Christopher Martin, treasurer to the Pilgrim Fathers.
The properties on Norsey Road and most roads leading from it, are generously scattered with a veritable selection of old and new mansion style houses. Beautiful and individually designed homes can also be found within the area.
With the seemingly idyllic balance of rural living within close proximity of London, Billericay has become very popular with commuters. Billericay has its own mainline railway station with direct access into London Liverpool Street, taking approximately 40 minutes. Billericay is also conveniently located for the A12, M25 and A127.
The town benefits from a selection of highly sought after secondary and infant / junior schools, as well as two private schools.
Stock Brook Manor Golf & Country Club is found just outside Billericay and really leaves golfers spoilt for choice on exactly how to play their round, with a 27 hole championship course and some truly spectacular scenery to take in. On the outskirts of Billericay is Greenwoods Hotel & Spa, set within a beautiful 17th century Grade II listed manor house, this is a wonderful retreat for those looking for a spot of pampering.
Barleyland's Farmer's Market, held on the second and last Saturday of the month, provides a great opportunity to buy fresh, local produce at affordable prices. The Magic Mushroom Restaurant at Barleylands has earned an excellent reputation and offers a fine dining experience. If a picnic is more to your taste, relax in the beautifully landscaped courtyards and gardens both in and out of the sun, or rain! Barleylands also boasts a Craft Village, with a stunning range of creative work for you to explore.
Not far from Billericay is Little Burstead, a pretty village which is much sought after by families, and those who are attracted to the countryside, and a more peaceful way of life.