We may never know the true answer, but any attempt to fathom this ought to take into account of other Billericas in England.

In the town, the Union Workhouse was built in 1840 to continue to implement the Poor Law. Parts of this building were later incorporated into what was St. Andrew's Hospital. The railway arrived in Billericay in 1889, being on the Great Eastern Main Line between London and Southend-on-Sea.

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Plans have been submitted to Basildon Council for the redevelopment at Roman Way, Billericay, after a positive public consultation event this summer.

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Article by Emma Robinson: A teenage boy has been arrested on suspicion of terrorising a neighbourhood in Billericay by robbing people and burgling businesses.

In the Georgian period many excellent examples of the period's houses were built in Billericay. One of those remaining today is Burghstead Lodge in High Street, which used to house the library. The road from Billericay to Tilbury still had a reputation for "footpads" and highwaymen[citation needed] operating along the road, where it passed through open country.

The Wycliffe preachers influenced the town. Four local people (Thomas Watts, Joan Hornes, Elizabeth Thackwell, and Margaret Ellis) were burnt at the stake. Two other residents (Joan Potter and James Harris) were tortured for their faith during the reign of Queen Mary.

Since major boundary changes in Essex for the 2010 general election, Billericay has been part of the parliamentary constituency of Basildon and Billericay, whose MP is John Baron of the Conservative Party. The town was previously represented by Teresa Gorman from 1987 to 2001, a Conservative rebel who had the whip withdrawn for opposing the Maastricht Treaty. Her predecessor, the Conservative MP Harvey Proctor, was also prominent in the news in 1987, when he was charged with indecency.[4]

Officers were patrolling in the town following a spate of burglaries when they became aware of two suspected stolen cars nearby.

The King's Head in Billericay is a country pub oozing rural charm and rustic character. Our picturesque surroundings provide the perfect backdrop for savouring the hearty, seasonal pub-food on our menu, and the carefully nurtured cask ales and fine wines gracing our bar.

A meeting of the Pilgrim Fathers prior to their sailing in the Mayflower is said to have taken place in Billericay, and many local names and much historical imagery reflect this: Mayflower House, Morris Men, Taxis, School, Hall. Sunnymede School's houses were called Mayflower, Pilgrim, Chantry and Martin (after Christopher Martin, a Billericay merchant who travelled on the Mayflower as Ship's Governor).

Your insights will be taken into consideration as the Police and Crime Plan is developed further, so please take part in the online survey, attend one of his public meetings, or contact him with your thoughts at the dedicated email address:- policeandcrimeplan2016@essex.pnn.police.uk

Our Youth Town Council will be holding a table top sale on Saturday 8th October, 10am to 1pm in the Chantry Way Centre. Tables are just £10 so if you are interested in having a table contact the Town Clerk at townclerk@billericaytowncouncil.gov.uk or 01277 625732. 

The town of Billericay was created some time in the 13th century and our first record of the town is the spelling Byllyrica recorded in 1291. The town was one of many founded in that period and was established in an already densely populated rural landscape – the town of Billericay being founded within the manor and parish of Great Burstead. There are many suggestions for the origin of the place name including:

Billericay is a part of the London commuter belt.

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Billericay's most notable historical episode was the Battle of Billericay during the Peasants' Revolt of 1381.

The Cater Museum is a privately owned local history museum housed in an 18th & 19th century building in the High Street.

Fitness lovers in Essex will soon be able to see for themselves why PureGym is the fastest growing gym chain in the UK. That's because we've transformed the LA fitness gym in Billericay.  We've kitted it out with everything you need to get fit and stay fit.

Billericay is within the London Basin and lies on a mixture of London clay, Claygate Beds and Bagshot Beds. Near the High Street, there is a change in soil type from sandy to clay, which gives rise to local underground springs. Open spaces include Norsey Wood, Mill Meadows Nature Reserve, Queen's Park Country Park, Sun Corner, Lake Meadows, Hanningfield Reservoir and South Green. Billericay contains Billericay School, Mayflower High School and St John's School.

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Essex Live reported on Friday last week (August 19) how the travellers, who had been camped on Queens Park Country Park at the other end of the town, had moved onto the field.

St. Andrew's Hospital, which was formerly the site of the town's Victorian workhouse, continued to function as an important communal building. From 1973, it housed the internationally renowned Regional Plastic Surgery and Burns unit until this was relocated to Broomfield Hospital, Chelmsford in April 1998. After the relocation, most of the hospital was redeveloped into housing. The listed buildings remain intact but are now residential.

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The King's Head dates back to 1750 when it was known as the White Horse. The pub was auctioned in 1801, when under the ownership of William Reynolds. Travellers journeying between Rochford and Brentwood often stopped at the King's Head for refreshment prior to passing through the toll-gate which stood next to the inn.

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The redevelopment will provide 15 high-quality new homes, 9 of which will be affordable, as part of wider regeneration works in the Borough.

The origins of most English place-names can be ascertained with a fair degree of confidence, but Billericay (previously Billerica) is a well-known exception.

If you're driving to the club, our postcode is CM12 0DX and you can park for free in the onsite car park. There are also bike racks outside the main entrance if you fancy warming up before you workout.

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Billericay

Between 1 July 1837 and 1 July 1939 Billericay was a registration district. From 1974 until the present, the town falls under the Basildon district. The registry office is located in Basildon, in the council offices. There is also the facility to register deaths in Basildon Hospital.[3]

Billericay History > http://www.billericayhistory.org.uk/

Article by Kirsty Hough: Mayflower High School, in Billericay, is celebrating an impressive set of exam results. The school's A level pass rate was 98.8 per cent.

Four people from Billericay were on board, including Christopher Martin. He and his wife Marie, along with Solomon Prowe and John Langemore, perished shortly after their arrival at Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

The Mayflower Morris Men are members of the Morris Ring of England and continue to dance the Morris in the town and perform their traditional Mummers' play, St. George and the Dragon, in the High Street every year on the nearest Saturday to St. George's Day.

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The purpose of The Billericay School is to offer students the opportunity to reach their full potential. We wish to ensure that all children at the school achieve the highest possible standards, whether it be in the classroom, or in the extensive range of opportunities we offer to students at all stages of their education.