Ilford – Essex Since 1650 and The Great Eastern Railway

Clear back in the 1600’s Ilford – Essex was a small town of approximately 60 houses, when the Great Eastern Railway came through in the early 1800’s the population started climbing.

One of the biggest towns in England by 1880, the population was over 10,000 strong, and by the early 1930’s, 167,000 people inhabited the area. This was all due to the Railway advancement.

The economy in the area is served by major firms including Kelvin Hughes, Plessey Radio and Television Company and Howards Ltd. It’s most well known business the Ilford Photographic company ( Ilford Imaging) was started in 1879 when A. H. Harman began the business in his basement and quickly grew into a major employer.

The area is active in many activities including art exhibitions, Charity Shows at the Kenneth More Theatre and many different types of exhibits and shows make this theatre an active one.

You’ll also find a variety of evening entertainment with several different night clubs including the Bollywood Club, Berties, Faces Nightclub, and Shout. Find reviews online concerning these clubs and then enjoy a night on the town.

Shopping is another pastime in the area with The Exchange, which has over 100 shops, Ilford High Road shopping, and Barkingside High Street as well.

Transportation in the area is offered through the Train/Tube/Coach services with major stations at Barkingside and Gants Hill.

The Rebdridge Green Fair in May is an activity everyone enjoys and offers live music, shopping at a variety of booths and educational booths.

You’ll also find a wide assortment of clubs and civic activities such as the 2nd Ilford North Beaver-Scout Colony, Strides Badminton Club, Friends of the Earth Ilford, Rascals Theatre School, Chinese Kickboxing, Cobra Self Defence, Barkingside Sports and Leisure Group, Signalise and the Ilford Choral Society among others.

The Town of Brentwood, Essex

The town of Brentwood, Essex, England lies within the commuter zone of the city of London, about 20 miles to the northeast of the Charing Cross junction lying within the city. Lying near to the M25 motorway, which is a 117 mile long beltway encircling London, Brentwood is also the principal settlement of the Borough of Brentwood.

Known largely as a commuter and suburban town, Brentwood enjoys a small but growing shopping district along its main street. It has a current population of around 45, 000 people within its boundaries, and there is a quite nice expanse of open country and no small amount of woodland that butts up closely in spots, reaching even to the center of town.

Brentwood is famous as the host of a well-known public school that takes its name from the town. In the English educational system, “public school” actually means “private school.” The Brentwood School opened its doors in 1558, after being granted a license by Queen Mary. The historical origin of the town’s name goes back to when it was called ‘Burnt Wood.’ Today’s name is a corruption of those two words.

Brentwood began its life as a small clearing that had been created in the center of a vast forest as a result of a fire that created the clearing, hence the reason for why it was once referred to a Burnt Wood. It seems that it attracted people to settle there because it lay along a central crossroad that connected London and Colchester. The first notable settlement activity was the building of a chapel in the 13th century. It has of course grown steadily since those days.

The ceremonial and non-metropolitan county of Essex lies in the eastern region of England. It has a current population of around 1. 7 million people, ranking it 6th in terms of population. Both Brentwood and Essex are classic examples of the long reach of history which permeates English existence in the British Isles.

Days Out in Essex

With some of the most beautiful countryside and coastline in Britain and a large range of attractions offering impressive and relaxing activities for all the family, Days out in Essex are exciting, interesting and entertaining but never dull.

Ramblers visit the region from all over the world as Essex has some of the best long distance and easy rambling routes in the UK. Perfect for taking your binoculars or camera along to view and study nature or simply to enjoy the local surroundings, you can take in the fresh air and relax with your favourite walking company.

The coastline is characterised by many river inlets and marshland, and these lead to some superb walks. The Essex Way, an 81-mile long distance path marked with dark green plaques and helpful arrows starts at Epping and ends at the seaside town of Harwich.

You can walk the route in stages or make a holiday of it, staying in accommodation along the way. Walk through ancient woodlands, open farmland, tree-lined river valleys and visit along the way some enchanting villages and historic places.

There are plenty of Days out in Essex to enjoy on your bike. Whether you regularly cycle and take your bike on holiday, or simply like the idea of spending a leisurely day or two exploring on two wheels, Essex has ample countryside to see and some lovely signed routes such as in the Lee Valley Park and Epping Forest areas which are perfect for all ages and abilities.

Discover routes along quiet lanes through picturesque villages, around reservoirs or off-road cycle tracks. There are several National Cycle Network signed routes in the county, many of which are mapped and can be viewed on this site:

The Essex coast is a great place to take the family on a road trip. Adventure, fabulous scenery and with many historical sites, travelers can come across some truly unique educational experiences, making Days out in Essex perfect for occupying the kids on those long school holidays.

Driving off the mainland, Essex has some small islands that are well worth a visit, such as the ever popular Mersea Island and Osea Island. Both these islands are joined to the mainland by causeways which can become flooded at high tide, so care must be taken when visiting and a watchful eye kept on the local tidal times.