With over 30 years experience of helping families move home and businesses relocate premises throughout Essex and beyond, Billericay Removals Services think we know our way around. Our removals teams have packed, parcelled, transported and stored in every corner of the south east of England and we would like to bring your attention to a few of the hidden gems we have found on our travels.
In this first in a series of location reports we would like to highlight the Essex towns and villages of Chipping Ongar, Ingatestone and Shenfield.
Moving Home to Chipping Ongar
With a fleet of vehicles of every size, Billericay Removals Service is the ideal choice for families and companies moving to Chipping Ongar. Billericay Removals offers the complete removal package, from a professional packing service to guaranteed and insured deliveries.
Relocating Businesses to Ingatestone
From office furniture to company records and IT Systems, Billericay Removals Services is the stress-free way to move to new company premises. Our experienced removals teams plan ahead, and if the packing is right then the unpacking is straightforward with everything slotting into place in the new home.
Secure, Safe Storage for Shenfield
From short term storage to solve a short term problem to long term storage for business, collectors or e-bay traders, Billericay Removals storage options continue to prove popular with customers from all walks of life.
Chipping Ongar, Essex
For the last thousand years Chipping Ongar has been an important staging post for travellers making their way to and from London. Tucked away just off the A414 with Chelmsford to the East, Harlow to the West and Brentwood and Bishop’s Stortford just a short drive away, Chipping Ongar is an ancient market town dating back to the 11th Century. The name ‘Chipping’ translates as market or market-place and Chipping Ongar still hosts a market every Wednesday on the High Street.
Amongst Chipping Ongar’s famous former residents was the explorer Dr David Livingstone who used to live and preach in the town before journeying to Africa in search of the source of the Nile.
Historic Chipping Ongar
When considering making a place your home, it’s nice to discover a little about its past and the events that make it unique. This Essex town has a vast amount of listed buildings, and was designated by the Essex County Council as one of the first conservation areas. Known as Castle Ongar in the 12th century due to its ‘motte and bailey’ castle, the town was the administrative of the Saxon Hundred. Parts of the castle still remain, as does evidence of the former original medieval town enclosure. St Martin’s Church is the oldest surviving building in the town, with its chancel and nave dating back to the 11th century. The largest houses in the town are the White House and Castle House, both of which were built in the 16th century, and the Old Market House is from the same period.
The structure of the town has seen little change since medieval times, and the widest part of the high street between Manor House and Wren House indicates the site of a weekly market in the 12th century. Chipping Ongar played a significant role for those travelling from London to East Anglia, and by 1848 there were daily coach departures from the King’s Head Inn. As with many towns throughout the UK, the arrival of the railways signalled huge changes, development and prosperity. The service to London began in 1865 and eventually there were Victorian buildings being erected, a police station and a local waterworks.
Character, Charm & Countryside Views!
The character and charm of Chipping Ongar has endured into the present day, with the gentle curve of it’s high street with entrance and exit points to the original town enclosure. There are many attractive buildings in this community, which is surrounded by countryside, all factors which make Chipping Ongar a good prospect if you are considering a move.
The idyllic village of Ingatestone is now home to some 4,500 people but could once boast 27 hostelries welcoming visitors and those just passing through. The village is still well worth a visit and Ingatestone is the site of two separate conservation areas, the first of which includes Ingatestone High Street and its historic collection of shops and residences dating from the 16th to the 19th centuries. There are a number of timber-framed buildings dotted throughout Ingatestone including the delightful Bell Inn, a fifteenth century tavern still open to removal men at the end of a long hard day.
Just down the road from Billericay, on the way to Brentwood, lies the pretty little suburb of Shenfield. In many ways Shenfield exemplifies all that is best about living and working in Essex. Residents of Shenfield enjoy a proximity to London that makes commuting for business or pleasure so easy. They have the convenience of a vibrant town like Brentwood right on their doorstep and the glorious Essex countryside just a gentle stroll away.
Shenfield Rail Connection
Shenfield is located on a planned highspeed railway service to London, increasing Shenfield’s appeal as a commuter town.
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- Billericay Removals Services featuring Chipping Ongar, Ingatestone & Shenfield
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- Commercial & Domestic Removals in Rayleigh & Langdon Hills
- Competitively Priced Removal Service for Domestic or Commercial Moves in, Rayleigh, Essex
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- Professional Removal Service for Shenfield & South Woodham Ferrers Essex
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- Self Storage in Brentwood & Rayleigh