Adjacent to the River Crouch, a number of high quality residential developments promoted as the "Town Centre Riverside Living" complex would revitalise the riverside as a public asset and promotion of new eating and drinking opportunities. In addition, a new residential development to the west of Market Avenue will be constructed.

The town has existed since before 975 AD. There is evidence that the area itself was inhabited in prehistoric times probably by a tribe of Britons called Trinovantes.[2] The name Wickford is of Saxon origin, meaning "place where sheep cross"; Wic being a village, habitation, castle or dairy farm and Ford being a shallow river crossing.[2]

Construction began in earnest in February 2007, which saw the demolition of many of the buildings in Lower Southend Road to make way for a new residential area. As of December 2009 this development has been partially completed (Riverside Place phase 1 + Riverside Court), however the compulsory purchase order of the post sorting office has been withdrawn leaving the fate of Riverside Place Phase 2 in doubt.

Wickford is a town in the south of the English county of Essex, with a population of more than 33,000. Located approximately 30 miles (50 km) east of London, it falls within the Borough of Basildon along with the original town of Basildon, Billericay, Laindon and Pitsea. However, parts of Wickford fall under neighbouring districts such as Chelmsford and Rochford.

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The plans by the previous Labour government to build on land near the Runwell Hospital mental institute a prison capable of accommodating up to 1,500 inmates have since been shelved. The land is now earmarked for housing which is scheduled to start early 2016.[12][13]

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Public and health services would be improved under the scheme, with the re-organisation of existing health, library and community services into a new 'iconic' building to the east of Market Avenue as an integrated community service facility.

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As of April 2010, the whole of the Masterplan project is facing serious delays and construction has halted due to the global financial crisis.[10] In May 2009 the construction company Bradgate Developments released a statement assuring residents the project was still on track.[11]

Wickford is a fairly small town with a main high street including a range of shops. A swimming pool, a library, an open-air market and a community centre are also within the vicinity of the town centre.

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The Masterplan has met with resistance with many residents of Wickford, mainly due to overall cost, and also the fear from some older residents that raising the level of the river could see repeats of the floods in 1958 and 1960.

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During the Second World War the edge of the town was hit by a German doodlebug, and on 6 December 1944 a V-2 rocket fell in Branksome Avenue, about a mile west of the town centre. Around the town, in amongst the hedgerows and fields, there are numerous pillboxes constructed as a part of British anti-invasion preparations.

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Our current Alpha Course has started but it is no too late to join us for the remaining sessions. We meet on a Monday evening from 7.15pm for a meal, a short talk and some time for questions and discussion. The evening finishes at 9.30pm and the course will run until 18th July. To make a reservation on this event, please click here.

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For the most part, Wickford is flat and 10 metres (33 ft) above sea level. The highest point, on the outskirts of the town, is 74 metres (243 ft) above sea level. The River Crouch flows through the town, from the west to the east. The River Wick flows into the River Crouch from the south.

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School re-opens on Monday 5th September. Years 4, 5 and 6 Start at 8.50am so the quad doors will be open as normal from 8.30am. Remember that Breakfast Club is now at the Infant School (7.30am-8.30am). Year 3 Come to the quad door at 9.15am where we’ll be waiting to … Continue reading →


Including this, Wickford also incorporates a small estate called Shotgate, home to many residents. Shotgate features a row of village shops and a children's play area and park.

Wickford was also the English birthplace of Elizabeth Reade (1615–72), the second wife of John Winthrop the Younger (1606–76), Governor of Connecticut, and a step-daughter of Hugh Peter (1598–1660), a prominent supporter of the Parliamentary cause during the English Civil War.

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The village of Wickford in Rhode Island, United States, is believed to have been named after this town.

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Wickford became the birthplace of Naturism in the United Kingdom. In 1922 the English Gymnosophist Society was formed and had its home in the town.

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