Wickford may be a small town in comparison to others in Essex, but what it lacks in size it more than makes up for in location, community spirit and local investment. In many respects it is the ideal place for buyers, sellers and landlords to invest in, especially when you consider the developments over the past decade since the ‘Master Plan’ was first introduced.
It was Wickford’s appeal as a commuter town that first led to the ‘Master Plan’ scheme, a £125m investment aimed at elevating Wickford’s growth through dedicated rebuilding. The High Street was a key target area, with urban living standards and public space both increased. There was residential development too, with 650 apartments proposed. The work started in February 2007 and, although suffering setbacks, has certainly increased popularity and the standards of living for the town.
The history of Wickford dates back to around 975AD, when it was given its Saxon name. ‘Wic’ means village and ‘Ford’ means a shallow river crossing, with Wic-Ford present in the Domesday Book of 1086AD. Due to its strategic placement it has also has the mark of the Second World War upon it, with specialist pillboxes still found around the town and throughout the Wick Country Park.
The park itself offers 50 acres of former agricultural land that is now home to a lake, a pond, numerous walking trails and small bridges over the Rivers Crouch and Wick that flow through it. Other local attractions include the Wickford Swimming Pool, a recently renovated facility that boasts a high tech gym and a dedicated fitness suite too.
Based in the South East of Essex and a mere 30 miles from the Capital, Wickford is a commuter’s paradise. The town offers everything you could want for a more relaxed way of living, situated away from the hustle and bustle of London life, but without missing out on any of the vital amenities. The A130 connects Wickford with Chelmsford and the A127 a direct route to London and Southend. The commute to Liverpool Street is a mere 40 minutes and the beautiful surrounding Essex countryside makes any journey a joy.
The Wickford Carnival a good opportunity for the community to come together in this small but developing town, helping outsiders to feel embraced and local residents to catch up. The mix of parade and fun day. Is a good indication of how this town views itself and the positives of living in this commuter town.
So if Wickford sounds like the developing town for you, get in touch with our team at Temme English today on 01206 01268 573035 to see how we can help you.