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History of Brentwood

The name “Brentwood” comes from an event that happened years and years ago in a forest in Essex when part of the forest burnt down and created a clearing for settling and Burnt Wood became Brentwood! “Brent” is early/middle English for “burnt”. Now that area is a busy High Street and is used by many. The forest was known as the Forest of Essex and then has gone on to be called Epping Forest.

If you live in England and you’re not too old, you would have surely heard about the hit show “The Only Way is Essex”. This is actually based in Brentwood! It is also known as “Towie” and has won a BAFTA award! It is a great tourist attraction.

Jack Straw (a leader of the Peasants’ Revolt) and John Ball (an English priest) in 1381 regularly met in Brentwood in old, rustic inns and pubs to discuss the Peasants’ Revolt.

William Hunter, a Marian martyr, was burnt alive at the stake in Brentwood, only 19 years old. He was fired from his job and punished for refusing to conform to Catholic masses. He was found reading the Bible in Brentwood Chapel. The Martyr’s Elm was planted by the Brentwood School in the place he was executed.

Facts about Brentwood

The name “Brentwood” comes from an event that happened years and years ago in a forest in Essex when part of the forest burnt down and created a clearing for settling and Burnt Wood became Brentwood! “Brent” is early/middle English for “burnt”. Now that area is a busy High Street and is used by many. The forest was known as the Forest of Essex and then has gone on to be called Epping Forest.

If you live in England and you’re not too old, you would have surely heard about the hit show “The Only Way is Essex”. This is actually based in Brentwood! It is also known as “Towie” and has won a BAFTA award! It is a great tourist attraction.

Jack Straw (a leader of the Peasants’ Revolt) and John Ball (an English priest) in 1381 regularly met in Brentwood in old, rustic inns and pubs to discuss the Peasants’ Revolt.

William Hunter, a Marian martyr, was burnt alive at the stake in Brentwood, only 19 years old. He was fired from his job and punished for refusing to conform to Catholic masses. He was found reading the Bible in Brentwood Chapel. The Martyr’s Elm was planted by the Brentwood School in the place he was executed.

Things to do in Brentwood

Brentwood is located in the south-west area of Essex, east of England. It is very near London, with a population of 4,949 recorded in 1891 and now has grown to over 50,000 people living in Brentwood it is constantly expanding beyond its limits and building new homes and shops all the time due to its ever-growing population.

Brentwood dates all the way back to the Bronze Age. It was mostly covered by dense forest when the Romans arrived and encamped in places like that of which is now known as Weald Country Park. Saxons took over and populated the area. An ancient axe from the Bronze Age has been found at the camp at Weald Country Park revealing Brentwood’s ancient history.
Brentwood can owe its fast development and growth to its popular main road and where that was positioned, it’s productive market and it being in a good location for many travellers and passers-by.

In 1514, a Gentle Pursuant of the famous Queen Catherine of Aragon lived in the beautiful 16th-century Marygreen Manor on London Road which is now a high-end restaurant and hotel.

Brentwood has many things to do, it is famous for its beautiful, well-kept country parks and National Trust areas.

You can visit The Thorndon Country Park or The Weald Country Park and go on their famous trials if you have children.

Visit the Shenfield and Ingatestone High Streets where there is so much to do; clubs, restaurants, and state-of-the-art shops!

Be sure to find out as much as possible about Brentwood’s very interesting history. You could go to the Secret Nuclear Bunker, not so secret now, and learn why it is there and what purpose it served.

You can visit the ruins of the Thomas Becket Chapel that was built in the 12th-century.

Thorndon Country Park it’s a great place to go for a relaxing day out with your family. It has over 500 acres of pristine and preened land, with magnificent, ancient trees and historical sites. It is the home for many well-loved wildlife so be sure to bring your camera to capture the many different creatures of Thorndon in Brentwood.

You can also visit the many historical settings and heritage spots of Brentwood. Make sure you first go to the Brentwood Museum to learn as much as you can about its very interesting history and all the things that happened there long ago.

The Kelvedon Hatch Secret Nuclear Bunker is a fun and exciting place to visit with your kids! A three-story bunker built for the world wars and was active all the way up until very recently- 1992! It was purposed for a safe haven in the event of a serious nuclear war. It is still in good condition and is capable of holding up to 600 people! There is much to do there, looking around the bunker, and you can even go on the zip wire, there is quad biking, an airgun and paintball area and range as well as a treetop adventure course!