Visit Billericay and the surrounding villages and stay in bed & breakfast accommodation:
Billericay, Essex. Here in Mayflower Hall, opposite the church, the Pilgrim Fathers met before they set off on their voyage to America in 1620. Christopher Martin, the ship's purser, together with his wife Marie and her brother-in-law Solomon Prower were among the band who left England to seek freedom across the Atlantic. Not one of the group from Billericay survived the epidemic which accounted for so many of the Mayflower's passengers as she lay off Plymouth, Massachusetts.
Apart from the 16th-century hall, there are many other buildings of note in this town, placed on the main Southend to Brentwood road, the A129. Between it, and the neighbouring developing town of Basildon, is the village of Great Burstead, with its Church of St Mary Magdalen. Billericay itself has its own church of the same name which stands at the junction of Chapel Street and High Street. Though the tower is early l6th-century and made of brick, the rest of the church is later, with three interior galleries supported on delicate cast-iron columns.
Close by are several attractive buildings: the Chequers Inn, the Nook and St Aubyns are all 16th- or 17th-century. From the 18th century come a number of houses in both Chapel and High Streets, while the early 19th century is represented by St Andrew's Hospital (1840), one of the earlier designs of G. 0. Scott and originally the Poor Law institution. Quite apart from its importance as the meeting place of the Pilgrim Fathers, Billericay has its place in the history books as the scene of the peasants' revolt of 1381, when the followers of Jack Straw were captured during the many protests which followed the imposition of the poll tax in 1379.
Nearby towns: Basildon, Brentwood, Chelmsford, Wickford, Writtle
Nearby villages: Blackmore, Brent, Downham, East Horndon, Freyerning, Great Burstead, Herongate, Hutton, Ingatestone, Ingrave, Laindon, Langdon Hills, Little Burstead, Little Warley, Margaretting, Mountnessing, Nevendon, Pitsea, Ramsden Heath, Shenfield, South Hanningfield, Stock, Vange, West Hanningfield, Wickford
Have you decided to visit Billericay or the surrounding villages? Please look above for somewhere to stay in:
- a Billericay bed and breakfast (a Billericay B&B or Billericay b and b)
- a Billericay guesthouse
- a Billericay hotel (or motel)
- a Billericay self-catering establishment, or
- other Billericay accommodation