Basildon Borough History

Basildon Borough History

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Basildon, Essex, England

Est. 2015

Billericay is the most visually historic part of Basildon Borough.  A number of the buildings along the high street, and around it, are listed.

Billericay doesn't appear in the Domesday Book, it was then part of Burghesteda, or Great Burstead. 


Norsey Woods, in Billericay, contains a Bronze Age burial mound and a stone age axehead was found in the woods. This was just the latest ancient find in the area.


Local folklore also suggests that the woods was the scene for the end of the Peasants Revolt.

The town is also the home to the boroughs oldest football club, Billericay Town F.C. who were formed in 1880. The town was also home to Billericay Albion  F.C. and Billericay Thursday F.C.

In recent years Billericay High Street has been made a safer place for anyone enjoying the pubs or restaurants  on a Friday or Saturday night thanks to the Street Pastors.  Their great work has led to the Street Pastors spreading around the borough.


Head of the Billericay Street Pastors in Phil Norton, who was awarded 'Billericay Citizen of the Year' for 2016.

During April 1616 accusations of Witchcraft were made by Richard Tarling against John Scates, a weaver in Billericay.  His case was heard before the Assizes but it is not known what the outcome was.  It is thought that Scates died in prison.

The Essex Standard reported on 17 May 1884 that the Billericay Polling District covered Great Bursted, Dunton, Little Burstead and Ramsden Crays as well as Downham.

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