"Phil's Brentwood page" Brentwood by phil_uk_net

Brentwood Travel Guide: 28 reviews and 24 photos


If you've visited this page before you will know that I have been quite scathing in the past about my home town. This is actually quite unfair. It doesn't have any magnificent natural (or even man-made) wonders and there isn't much in the way of culture but as far as residential towns in the UK go, it isn't such a bad place.
In fact, compared to some of the other UK towns I have had to work in, Brentwood comes out very favourably. It is quite an affluent town well located for access into London and the rural areas of Essex.

So, what is Brentwood about?

Originally this area was all forest. I've heard that royalty and the aristocracy used to come out to Brentwood and its environs from London to hunt deer. The Marygreen Manor (formerly the Brentwood Moathouse) hotel and restaurant was originally a hunting lodge.
A clearing in the wood created by fire was known as "Burnt Wood" which became Brentwood. The town's next role was as a staging post for horse drawn carriages travelling out of London to East Anglia. The White Hart pub was originally an old coaching inn.
A barracks housing the Essex Regiment existed in the 19th century and into the early part of the 20th century at Warley but that site is now the UK headquarters for the Ford Motor Company. Ford are a big employer in the town. There is other industry in the town, mainly in the service sector - finance and insurance. Many residents commute daily to London. The rail link goes into London, Liverpool Street and the M25 motorway is close by giving easy access to the motorways.

Essex Regiment Chapel

Although the barracks has long since gone, the chapel remains. It was built in 1857, originally for the East India Company but was then taken over by the Essex Regiment. It is just a few minutes from where I live.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Near to London, fairly safe with many country parks
  • Cons:Not the most exciting place on earth
  • In a nutshell:Near to London but with a distinct country feel
  • Last visit to Brentwood: Aug 2003
  • Intro Updated Aug 31, 2003
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  • Oct 11, 2008 at 6:32 AM

    This shop has now closed down. I am not sorry about this fact. They wouldn't accept one of my banknotes a couple of years back, even though I had just got the money from the bank.

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    Jun 5, 2007 at 10:12 AM

    Heard about this place cos of Jodie "Orangina" Marsh :)

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    Dec 21, 2003 at 5:14 AM

    Quality! Someone standing up for the Essex front! Seriously, I live in E/London and have friends in Colchester and Chelmsford and every time I take the train out there I always think there's some really pretty countryside and towns in Essex.

  • XenoHumph's Profile Photo
    Oct 28, 2003 at 2:55 PM

    Looks like a very nice place to live, quaint little english town! Excellent page! Impressive ski slope too!!!

  • FOotFetish's Profile Photo
    Oct 23, 2003 at 6:40 AM

    philly, east india company -->is that a clothing store?

  • Sep 7, 2003 at 1:07 AM

    great page. I have never played Cricket nor golf (well... does mini golf count???) and I am sure it is a lot of fun! The page is written and presented extremely well ! great job!

  • dinhyen's Profile Photo
    Sep 2, 2003 at 10:30 AM

    The artificial Alps is very cool! I just hope you don't smack into a Marks & Spencer at the bottom.

  • herzog63's Profile Photo
    Aug 25, 2003 at 2:56 PM

    I better plan well in advance if I want to hit the Museum!! LOL That travel card sure sounds like a great deal!! At least I'll know where to get the Fishing tackle from!! Thanks for the personal tip!! Cool page Phil!!

  • kylian74's Profile Photo
    Aug 18, 2003 at 10:11 AM

    6 shopping tips! looks like you love to shop? Now i visited Brentwood virtually.

  • Sharon's Profile Photo
    Aug 10, 2003 at 3:41 PM

    TA without A/C is like London without a heatting systems ! i rather see the Dalai Lama then Mr. Gere.... yuck !


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