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HELP! Nice villages in Essex?

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Beckysk Fri 15-Nov-13 21:28:02


I currently live in South-east London, and looking to move to a village/quiet suburb to bring up my daughter. Im looking for a village not far away from London (no further than Chelmsford), that has a good local school, lovely neighbourhood (not rough lol), some little shops, and some greenery. I was brought up in Kent, so am eager to get back to a little countryside smile. If you could help me out with nice areas there I would much appreciate it :D


Beckysk Fri 15-Nov-13 23:31:18

No-one know of any nice villages/suburbs I take it then!

Oddjob555 Sat 16-Nov-13 07:49:24

I have not lived in essex for some time, but Ingatestone is nice, Brentwood is also OK although not a village. I bit further than
Chelmsford it becomes more rural.

Beckysk Sat 16-Nov-13 09:03:05

Thank you. Was looking at ingrate stone, writtle and great baddow. They seem nice, and reasonable house prices

Beckysk Sat 16-Nov-13 09:03:25


Spickle Sat 16-Nov-13 20:42:05


rainbowfeet Sat 16-Nov-13 20:44:32

Great knotley & Black knotley are lovely my favourite is Maldon though.

NancyOsbourne Sat 16-Nov-13 20:44:38

Broomfield, writtle, ingatestone bit further than Chelmsford (within 10 miles) are cressing, black notley, great leighs.

Spickle Sat 16-Nov-13 20:54:44

Stock, Ramsden Bellhouse, Ramsden Heath, Downham, Margaretting, Mountnessing, Pilgrim's Hatch.........

sara11272 Sat 16-Nov-13 20:59:29

Yes, Billericay, though bigger than a village it's small enough that you'll see people you know in the high st etc. Stock, Ramsden Heath, Downham are smaller outlying villages, v pretty but less in the way of amenities.

If you want more info about anywhere in this neck of the woods please shout! smile

GeeandTea Sat 16-Nov-13 21:02:24

Roxwell near Chelmsford is lovely. smile

DrinkFeckArseGirls Sat 16-Nov-13 21:48:23


Beckysk Sun 17-Nov-13 11:01:39

Lots of places mentioned that I haven't even looked at. Sara, I looked up info about Billeracy as my partner has to travel so it's a bit closer, but not many people had much to say about it. Is it very green there? Suppose I'll have to have a drive round to see.

Thank you for all your answers! You've helped a lot!

FallonColby Sun 17-Nov-13 18:22:21

Coggeshall, Feering and Kelvedon, are all lovely. Kelvedon is on the main line to Liverpool Street. Good schools as well.

sara11272 Sun 17-Nov-13 19:38:58

It is quite green, yes. There's a lovely park (lake meadows) and it's all quite open - you don't have to go far for proper countryside.

Do have a drive about and get the feel of places, it's quite hard to go on other peoples descriptions...Everywhere everyone has mentioned (at least, the ones I know) are all nice, but some will feel more like home than others to you, iykwim?

Beckysk Mon 18-Nov-13 20:30:52

Yes that very true Sara! Thank you for your reply smile

I've looked at Kelvedon, that does seem lovely!

MrsCosmopilite Tue 19-Nov-13 19:10:19

Writtle, Stock, Billericay, West Hanningfield. Maldon is nice too.

Spickle Tue 19-Nov-13 19:13:20

Billericay is a desirable place, popular with commuters as the main line to Liverpool Street takes 30 mins. Plenty of shops and a nice attractive town centre. It is relatively expensive, though you might think it a bargain compared to London! Good schools, Mayflower and The Billericay School, as well as the private St John's school too. A catholic primary too, feeding into the catholic secondary in Brentwood. There are grammar schools in Chelmsford, Colchester and Southend. It's a lovely place for children to grow up, lots to do and the people are friendly! HTH

kelper Tue 19-Nov-13 19:14:14

I lived in doddinghurst til I was 21, but that was 14 years ago! Blackmore, kelvedon hatch, are both nice villages, close to Brentwood/Chelmsford etc but still villagey.

alfiemoon2 Tue 06-Feb-18 09:10:40

i am looking to move to cressing whats peoples opinion on this village please. thanks

lilz7788 Wed 07-Feb-18 12:45:26

I live in The Rodings and it is gorgeous, lots of fields, few lovely shops and farm shops. Hatfield Heath is close by with post office, bakery, co-op, doctors surgery and is great for kids, plus with good schools too I am told! Writtle is also really nice and I'd love to move there if we had the budget. Sheering is nice too and a bit closer to Harlow for train links. Ongar is also really lovely, basically a one road village, but has a lot of lovely shops and nice pubs, with a great family friendly atmosphere. Abridge is a nice small village too which is closer to Loughton/Buckhurst Hill/Chigwell for good transport links.

OverinaFlash Wed 07-Feb-18 14:32:42

Leigh-on-sea! More town, less village, but Old Leigh has lovely shops etc and easy to get to London for work.

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