A Bibliography of Billericay

The list



HOLDER,F.D. & J.A.HINDE: “How the Air Training Corps came to provincial  Essex” Essex Countryside 21(197), June 1973, p39.




Billericay Archaeological Finds: Billericay Archaeological and Historical Society: nd, np, duplicated pamphlet, includes material on Blunts wall. [E]

Billericay School Excavations 1970-1971. Billericay Archaeological and Historical Society: Billericay, nd. 18pp. Includes list of finds in Billericay area. [E]

“British remains at Billericay”, Building News,xiv,1867.p141.

BULL, M.G.          Whitehall. The story of a Medieval Manor.  Billericay Archeaological and Historical Society: Billericay, nd, 5pp. Account of excavation in the 1960’s and relating primary sources to house destroyed in 1550’s.

CUTTS,J. & EDWARD K.:”Notes on Roman and British Remains at Billericay..” T.E.A.S. Vol.5, 1875,p208.

EDDY,M.R. & M.R. PETCHY: Historic Towns in Essex. An archaeological Survey of Saxon and Medieval Towns with guidance for their future planning. Essex County Council: Chelmsford,1983. 104pp. Section 6.1 on Billericay, illusts.

“Excursion to Little Baddow, Stock and Billericay.” T.E.A.S. Vol. 24, 1951, p226.

GRANT,W.P.          Early Billericay. Billericay History Series. W.P. Grant: Billericay, May 1962, revised edition 1967. Map. 10pp. dup.pam.

“History in the playground” ,Essex Archaeology no.4, Sept 1987. Essex County Council Archaeology Section/ Essex Chronicle Supplement. pviii, (Roman remains)

MEDLYCOTT, M.,WALLER, S., & BERNIAS, P. “Roman Billericay: excavations by the Billericay Archaeology and History Society 1970-77”. Essex Archaeology and History.4th series. 2010. p51-108.

ROBERTS,E.          “Notes of Roman remains found at Billericay”, T.E.A.S. Vol.2, 1863, p69-74, illusts.

RUDLING, D. R. “Late iron-age and Roman Billericay: excavations 1987”. Essex Archaeology and History. Vol 21 1990, p19-47.

SPARVEL-BAYLEY, J.A. “Roman Billericay” Archaeological Journal Vol 36, 1879, p70.

WELLER, S.G.P., WESTLEY, B. & MYERS, J “A late fourth century cremation from Billericay, Essex”. Antiquaries Journal, 1975.



BROWN,C.F.          “The Fold; A Billericay Success Story”. Essex Countryside March 1982, p38-39. Arts Association.

‘TANCRED’           “The ceramic circle of Billericay.” Essex Countryside 23(224) Sept.1975, p8.



EMMISSON,F.G.       Guide to the Essex Record Office  Essex County Council Record Office. Chelmsford, 1969.

GRANT,W.P.          Billericay Bibliography  – W.P. Grant: Billericay, 1963. Billericay History Series. Special Publication No.1 6pp. 150 books and articles under subject headings; section of short biographies of local notables. Indexes ‘Billericay Observer’.

GRANT,W.P.          Index to the Billericay History Series  BHS Special Publication, includes short history. W.P. Grant: Billericay, 1966? 8pp.

VICTORIA COUNTY HISTORY OF ESSEX: BIBLIOGRAPHY – University  of London Institute of Historical Research. Oxford University Press; London, 1959. Supplement 1987.

WAKEHAM, M. A Bibliography of Billericay. The author: Billericay. 1988. 32pp. Original version of this list. Supplements were issued in 1989, and 1995.



CREEK. E.J.         “Essex: Ancestral Home of the U.S. A.”  Essex Countryside, 18(158), March 1970, p48-49.

CLARO, F.Z.         “Essex across The Atlantic”,  Essex Countryside, Sept.1968, p30, illust. by picture of windmill. Related correspondence – Essex Countryside, Nov.1969,p61.

GENERAL INFORMATION SHEET ON BILLERICA,U.S.A. 3 photocopied pages. (Billericay Library)

HAZEN, HENRY A.     History of Billerica, Massachusetts with a genealogical Register – Doyle: Cambridge, Mass, 1973 reprint of 1883 original. 510pp. Map. 27 illusts.




GRANT,W.P           The Billericay Observer Story. W.P. Grant:Billericay, 1959.

WAKEHAM, M.        “The first freebie”, Essex Countryside,  36(384), Dec. 1988, pp21-22



DICKS,S         Buttsbury: recollections of the 20th century  Buttsbury Local History Society, 2001

PHILLIPS, C  The story of Stock and Buttsbury      Ian Henry Publications : Romford, 2003




AMOS,G.S.           A history and description of the Parish Churchof St Mary Magdalen, Billericay, Essex. – 1959, 16pp, short well written pamphlet based on ecclesiastical documents.

BENTON, REV G.M.   The Church Plate of Essex Colchester: Benham, mcmxxvi. p59.

CUTTS, Rev.E.L.The first rector of Burghstead: a tale of the saxon church (fiction)

ESSEX SOCIETY FOR FAMILY HISTORY         Essex monumental inscriptions : Billericay, St.Mary Magdalene Congregational, Mayflower Hall and war memorial (also includes Great Burstead) Essex Society for Family History,  2003

EVERITT,C.          Memories of the Gospel Hall, Chapel Street Billericay, pamphlet. [CAT]

DEEDES, REV. C. & H.B. WALTON: The Church Bells of Essex. published by the authors. 1909. p179.

GRANT,W.P.          “Local Churches – St Mary’s at Little Burstead.” BDQHR No.2 1963-4 p8.

HISTORY AT A GLANCE Catholic Church: Billericay, 1925? 24pp. pamphlet, photographs relating to the Catholic Church. [E]

JUBB, A.        The first twenty five years: a collection of thoughts, reminiscences and memories of Billericay Methodist Youth Club between 1952 and 1977. 1978. 36pp.

KENT, SYLVIA        St. Mary Magdalen, Billericay: the church in the High Street. The Parish. 2007, 20p

THE PARISH CHURCH OF ST. MARY MAGDALENE, GREAT BURSTEAD. A Short History. The Church Publishers: Ramsgate, 1972? nd. np.

ROCHE, CANON A.     The Catholic Church, Billericay.An historical sketch. R & D Youngman: Billericay 28pp. nd. well illustrated and researched booklet by town priest, 1918-1965.

SPARVEL – BAYLEY.J.A.:”Records relating to the free chapel or chantry of Billericay.” T.E.A.S.   Vol.1,1862, p179-186.

TAYLOR, WILLIAM.    An abridged version of the history of the Billericay Congregational Church pamphlet. nd. np.

TAYLOR, WILLIAM.  Calling the Generations – nd. 120pp. index. bibliog. Story of the Congregational church.



BILLERICAY CRICKET CLUB CENTENARY 1875-1975  Billericay Cricket Club: Billericay, 1975. illust. 27pp. a short history. [E]

GRANT,W.P.          “The story of Cricket in Billericay and Stock” BDQHR No.1. Sept 1963, p4. Extracts from the ‘Chelmsford Chronicle’.



(See also LAW)

CHAMBERS, AIDAN     The Book of Cops and Robbers.  Chapter on ‘The Billericay Forgers’, pp85-94. Kestral: London, 1977. illust.

CHURCH, ROBERT.     Murder in East Anglia Robert Hale: London, 1987. Ch. 11 on P.C.Gutteridge.

SHORE,W.T.           Trial of Frederick Guy Browne and William Henry Kennedy 1930. relates to murder of P.C. Gutteridge.



AMOS,S.W.          Baylys Charity and the Great Burstead  Exhibition Foundation of Billericay. B.A. Thesis, 1964, 40pp. illusts, map, bibliog. [E]

AMOS,S.W.     The Education of the Poor in Billericay during the 19th Century, duplicated typescript, nd. np.

BENGSTEN, F. “Ladies Boarding schools in Essex, c1791-1861. Two case studies Billericay and Maldon”. Essex Archaeology and History Vol 32. 2001. 6pp

BILLERICAY EARLY YEARS FORUM. The Child in the Park. Millenium Project. The Forum: Billericay, 2001 Education pack relating to local wildlife and biodiversity issues, containing loose sheets, 3 posters and leaflet in a folder

KENT, S         The Billericay School Tempus : Stroud, 2003

THE GREAT BURSTEAD EXHIBITION FOUNDATION A5 pam. nd. np. an educational charity.

OFFICIAL OPENING OF THE SENIOR SCHOOL by Admiral Sir Vernon Haggard, 1938. Programme. np. illust, plan, includes description of school. [E]

QUILTERS SCHOOL CENTENARY CELEBRATIONS Souvenir programme 21 June 1978, Great Burstead: 1978, 5pp. [E]


SIMNETT, ANN        Quilters. The first hundred Years  (Great Burstead Board School). Quilters County Junior and Infant Schools Society: Billericay, 1978, A5, illust. pamphlet. 18pp.

WHITWORTH, J.N.                 A history of St. John’s School ,Billericay 1928-1978. 1978, 24pp. A5 pamphlet. illusts. detailed history, particularly of early years, of local independent school.



RICHMAN, HARRY      “Elizabethan Billericay.” Billericay Carnival Programme 1962 [E]



JAMES, John. The lost farms of Billericay With additional research by Sheridan Dicks and Mary Mayger. 3 editions. Private Publication, 2001,2003, 2004. Billericay


(See also ZEPPELINS)

DENNIS, K.J.            A book of remembrance of the fallenof the Great War 1914-1921 from Billericay and district. The author: 2008. 190p. Details of the lives of those died in the war and information on war memorials.

MOORE, REGINALD     “Preparing for the Kaiser’s Invasion.” Essex Countryside, Vol. 17 Jan. 1969, p36

NEEDHAM, M.         Billericay at the outbreak of the First World War: its High Street, shops and schools. 1993, Typescript in Billericay library, 9pp.



GRIEVE,H.          The Great Tide County Council of Essex: Chelmsford, 1959, illust. account of the 1953 floods.




AGER, LILY           Bygone Billericay. nd. np. poetry.

BASILDON COUNCIL PUBLIC RELATIONS SECTION: The History of Billericay. nd. np. A4 ring bound, also available in A5 format. Brief history based on Harper, “to stimulate further study”.

“Billericay in Pictures”, Essex Countryside, 26(260), Sept.1978, p65,67.

BILLERICAY WEA CLASS:OUR SCATTERED LIVES, nd, A5 pam. 35pp. includes a visit to a Billericay show house.

BRAND, E.J.  Jenny’s wedding – a dog hanging in Billericay, typescript in ERO

BROWN, C.F.         “A postcard view of Billericay”, Essex Countryside 31(314), March,1983, pp36-37, about Vic Meecham, collector.

BULL, R.(ed) Billericay in 1900 Billericay Archaeological and Historical Society : Billericay, 1999

DICKS, S.      Buttsbury: Recollections of the 20th Century. Contributions from local residents. Buttsbury Local History: Billericay, 2001.

ESSEX RECORD OFFICE: Library Folder held at ERO , various items, wartime ephemera, local and private Acts of Parliament.

GRANT,W.P.          Local History: an analysis. Billericay History Series Special Publication No.4 – W.P. Grant: Little Burstead, 1968 pamphlet, philosophical discussion .

GRANT,W.P.          A short history of Billericay. Billericay History Series – W.P. Grant: Billericay, 1966, 1st ed. 1965, 2nd ed. 1966, 6 maps, 1 chart, dup. 20pp. “interpretive rather than…factual”.

GREEN, R.      Billericay: an historical tour in pictures Phillimore: Chichester, 1997

GREEN, R.      Billericay: a pictorial history. Phillimore: Chichester,2005

HARPER,W.G.         Billericay through the ages. Chanticleer publications: Billericay, 1973, A5 pamphlet, 27pp. map, illusts. revised version of the “Historical Survey”.


HARPER,W.G.   An historical survey of Billericay andDistrict. Billericay Archeaological and Historical Society: Billericay, nd, A4, 9pp. duplicated pamphlet, a general survey, by a President of the BAHS “with no pretence to be a detailed history”.




KENT, S. Billericay Voices. Tempus: Stroud, 2002. Illus. 128pp. Tempus oral history series.


McKENZIE, G.          Thoughts on Billericay. 1989? np, Notes on aspects of the town, its buildings, the High Street, etc.


MORRIS, M.  “The landmarks of history”, Essex Countryside 42(447), Mar 1994, p35


PALMER, N.  “The Toffee Apple plot”, Essex Countryside 38(399), Mar. 1990, p63


PALMER,V.           “Billericay from early times to the present day”, Essex Countryside 25(241), Feb. 1977, p71-74.


PEVSNER,N.          Essex. Buildings of England Series.  Penguin: Harmondsworth, 2nd ed. 1965. pp85-87.


PHILLIPS, C.  The story of Stock and Buttsbury      Ian Henry Publications: Romford, 2003


PROCTOR,K.H. & V.MEECHAM. Billericay in old picture postcards. European Library: Zaltbommel, 2nd ed. 1986 np. 76 plates. Good views of High Street, informative captions, should be read in conjunction with “Billericay and its High Street”.


RICHMAN, H.          “A Billericay pot pourri”, BillericayCarnival programme, nd. [E]


”                “Highlights in the history of Billericay” Billericay Carnival Programme, 1960. [E]


”        “The Billericay Story”,    Billericay Observer Nos.16-34, 44-63.


ROYAL COMMISSION ON HISTORICAL MONUMENTS: An inventory of the  historical monuments in Essex, HMSO: London, mcmxxiii, Vol IV, p52-58, mentions 32 items.


THOMAS, JESSIE A.    Billericay about 1910 and More about Billericay, originally published separately 1973,1974, combined in 1976 ed. np. People and places in verse. Also known as ‘Billericay and its Folk’.


SPARVEL-BAYLEY,E.S. Yesterday. A childhood in Billericay E.S.Bayley: Lampeter, nd. 50pp. bound typescript, personal memories of Billericay.


TYLER,D.      “Billericay – an expanding town with an ancient history”, Essex Countryside 28(281), June 1980, p55.


VICTORIA COUNTY HISTORY OF ESSEX: VolsI-VIII – University of  London Institute of Historical Research: London , 1903-1983


WAKEHAM, M.  “Twixt sea and city”, Essex Countryside, 37(387), March 1989, p35


WALKER, REV.G.      “Billericay’s Yesterdays”, collection of cuttings in Brentwood and District Historical Society, Transactions and Records 1941-1944, originally appeared in ‘Billericay Times’, July 1943-Jan 1944, 20pp. subjects include tradesmens tokens, schools, wool marketing. Held at Brentwood Library.


”     The history of a little town. The story of Billericay, Essex J.H. Clarke & Co. Ltd: Chelmsford. 1947. 2 maps, frontispiece, illust. 122pp. Nearest to a town history, but very general, little detail.


WRIGHT, C E  Billericay Times: images of the 20th century from the Cater museum Cater Museum: Billericay, 1999. vii, 175 illus.120pp. Good range of photos with comments by the then curator of the Cater Museum.




FRENCH,W.J.            “Pleistocene deposits at Billericay,Essex” Essex Naturalist 32(2) 1968, p163.




GRANT,W.P.Life in Georgian Billericay 1787-1819 Billericay History Series Special Publication, W.P. Grant: Billericay,1965, extracts from the ERO files of the ‘Chelmsford Chronicle’, material on education, crime, inns, postal service, Sunday Observance, Royal Jubilee, banking, medicine property.


GRANT,W.P.”Life in Georgian Billericay”, BDQHR, No.1, Sept 1963, p8. postmen, auctions extracts from ‘Chelmsford Chronicle’ 1787-1819.


GRANT,W.P.”Life in Georgian Billericay”, BDQHR,No.2,1963/4, p9. Fires.


GRANT,W.P.”Life in Georgian Billericay”, BDQHR

No.3, Spring 1964, p10. George III’s Jubilee.




“Eerie tales of Essex Ghosts”, This Essex, Dec 1973, p45.


“The silent lady. An Essex mystery”, Supplement to the Stratford Express, April 6, 1895, illust.




BILLERICAY AND WICKFORD DIRECTORY AND GUIDE FOR 1925, Brentwood Gazette: Brentwood, 1925, 90pp. illusts. ads. (ERO) The Cater Museum has copies for 1924,1926. A 1923 edition was published.



Billericay,1962, revised 1963/4,ads, lists local societies etc.


BILLERICAY FOOTPATH MAP, Billericay Society:Billericay, nd.


BILLERICAY TOWN TRAIL, Devised by the Billericay Archaeological Society, BAHS: Billericay 1983, illust with sketches by June King, map. folded A3 sheet, describes sites along the High Street conservation area.




BILLERICAY URBAN DISTRICT COUNCIL,  Official Guide Denby and Cheltenham: New Centurian Publishing and Publicity, 1952, 56pp, illusts. ads. [E]


THE BRENTWOOD AND BILLERICAY BOOK – 1971-72, Regency Publicity Service Ltd., Folkestone, 1971, np.


THE BRENTWOOD AND BILLERICAY GREEN GUIDE – J.Weiner Ltd: Mordern, 1969, 48pp. 1973, 40pp.


TESORIERE,J.J.A.    Billericay Compendium – Chanticleer Publications: Billericay, 1975, np. A5. largely ads, some local info.




VISITING BILLERICAY, Basildon Council Public Relations Office, Basildon Council: Basildon, 1986, folded A3 sheet, illusts, info aimed at visitors and tourists.



(See also HOSPITALS)


BILLERICAY URBAN DISTRICT COUNCIL: Report of the Medical Officer of Health, including the report of the Senior Sanitory Inspector for the years 1949-51


BILLERICAY MAYFLOWER ROTARY CLUB Health Walks. Mayflower Rotary Club: Billericay. 10 cards in a folder, inc. maps. 1999?





BILLERICAY. THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE HIGH STREET:  Report to the Urban District Counci  Building Design Partnership, nd. (1964/5?) A4, ringbound, 52pp. includes maps and descriptions of individual buildings.


BILLERICAY AND ITS HIGH STREET. Billericay Group of the Council for the preservation of Rural England: Billericay. 1953, np. very detailed description of the High Street, with histories of the buildings and their owners; no map, references, index or photographs.


BILLERICAY AND ITS HIGH STREET. Compiled by H. Richman, Billericay Group of the Council for the Preservation of Rural England: Billericay, 1963,166pp. additional 8pp. supplement, very detailed, disjointed, disorganised; quotes many primary sources but no references or index, 6 photos and inadequate maps.


CARPENTER, R. J.   An index to ‘Billericay and its High Street’. Barstable Books: Chelmsford, 1993


BURGHSTEAD LODGE       photocopied typescript, 2pp. 1955.


GRANT,W.P.”The High Street”, BDQHR No. 3, Spring 1964, p3.



(See also HEALTH)


BROWN,C.F. “The  Billericay burns Unit”, Essex Countryside Vol. 32, March 1984,pp29-34.


JACKSON, QUEENIE          A brief history of the MayflowerHospital,Billericay – leaflet, 2pp. 1985. Story of the original Isolation Hospital, now a home for the aged. [E]


”    A brief history of St. Andrews Hospital 1840-1982 A5. 12pp. 8 photos, plan. Describes the development and evolution of the hospital from the workhouse.


“Your priceless gifts. Billericay Burns Unit, St. Andrews Hospital”, Bloodline, Vol.2 No.2, Autumn 1985, p4-5.




“The landscaping of a housing estate: Chantry Estate, Billericay, The Architect Jan 8, 1953, p43-46. map. illusts.


ESSEX HOMES CO.Billericay, Essex. Illustrated guide 1935




BAGULEY,J.”The clanking monsters of yesteryear”, Essex CountrysideVol.14, 1965/6, p427.


BANKS,H.G.”James Bassom – Plumber and Glazier”, BDQHR no.2, 1963/64, p5-7, Study of ERO documents DDu 84/1-34.


FULLER, I.    “A race to ruin”, Essex Countryside” 39(410), Feb 1991, p4-5. Reginald  Weatherell and the motorcycle factory at South Green.


“Iron work at Billericay”, Rural Industries, No.50, Spring 1938, article about iron founders.


“R.W. Scout activity”,The Motor Cycle and cycle trader  March 25th, 1921, p321, motor at South Green, Ad: 8 July 1921, piii. [E]




GRANT,W.P.”Four centuries of history: The Crown at Billericay”, Essex Countryside Vol.12, March 1964, p216.


GRANT,W.P. The Inns of Billericay  Billericay History Series. W.P. Grant: Billericay,1963, supplement of sources, bibliog. map, index. 20pp. Revised 12pp ed. also published, A potted history of each inn, arranged alphabetically. Reissued as No. 4 of Billericay Society’s Billericay History series, 2001


JARVIS, STANLEY M.  The Coach and Horses S.M.Jarvis: Chelmsford,April 1986, 12pp. A4 photocopied pages,illusts, maps, docs.


JARVIS, STANLEY M.  The Duke of York, Billericay, S.M.Jarvis: Chelmsford, May 1986 17pp. A4 photocopied pages, illusts, maps, docs.


”    The Railway Hotel,Billericay, S.M.Jarvis: Chelmsford, 1982, 8pp, A4, photos, plans. Corrects some of Grants comments. [E]



(See also CRIME)


OWEN, CLIVE          A history of the Brentwood and Billericay Justices and their courts. looseleaf photocopied typescript, 1983,48pp. photos, diags, illusts, refs, doc. facsimiles.


WOODGATE,J.         The Essex Police – Terence Dalton Ltd: Lavenham, 1985, illust. of ‘town hall’ p84.




BILLERICAY WRITERS     Writers cramp: an anthology of the work of Billericay writers. Billericay Writers: Billericay. 1993


GARDINER, C. W.   The chained tree. A poem Grey Walls press: Billericay 1942. 7pp. Greywalls, a house in the High Street, where Wrey Gardiner lived during the Second World War, was demolished in the 1960s

”           The colonies of heaven. The autobiography of a poet Grey Walls press: Billericay 1941. 265pp

”           The dark thorn Grey Walls press: Billericay 1946. 227pp. Autobiography.

The flowering moment Grey Walls press: Billericay 1949. 118pp. Autobiography.


”           The last refuge. A modern masque Grey Walls press: Billericay, 1942

”     (ed)           This living stone. The Grey Walls anthology of new poems Grey Walls press: Billericay, 1941. 67pp

”           Poetry Quarterly published in early 1940’s by Grey Walls press.


”           Silly scorpions. Poems Grey Walls press: Billericay, 1941. 72pp



LOOKER, S. J.           Green branches. Selected poems Grey Walls press: Billericay, 1941. Looker, lived in Billericay (1924-1949), worked for the publishers Constable and researched the life of  Richard Jefferies (1848-1887).


LOOKER, S. J. (ed)   One plum more. the Grey Walls anthology of lesser known poems 1586 – 1903 1941, 64pp. selected and with introduction.




HUNNABLE,G.        “Strike up the band – the Mayflower way”, Essex Countryside 26(262), Nov. 1978, p64.




GRANT,W.P.Billericay’s Markets and Fairs Billericay History Series. W.P. Grant: Billericay,  1965? map. pamphlet.


”       “When Billericay was a market town”, Essex Countryside Vol.13 Jan.1965, p142.


HULL,F          “Billericay market in the days of Queen Anne”, Essex Review Vol.58, July 1949, p122-125.


WALKER, WENDYEssex Markets and Fairs Essex Record Office: Chelmsford, 1981, 44pp, bibliog. Reprints the Billericay Fair accounts and sets them in an Essex context.



(See also PEOPLE)

BASILDON BRANCH LIBRARIES: Billericay and the New World. 1970. See next entry.


BILLERICAY AND THE NEW WORLD Basildon Branch Libraries, nd.  Brief summary of the facts and legends relating to the Mayflower venture. Bib.


BILLERICAY CARNIVAL MAYFLOWER 70. July 18th – July 26th 1970. Billericay Carnival Association. Programme includes aerial photo of the town. [E]


“BILLERICAY’S MAYFLOWER LINK”, Essex Countryside March 1987, p41.


GATES,L.       “Billericay and the Mayflower”,  Essex Countryside Nov.1960, pp12-14.


GRANT, W    Billericay and the Mayflower



JAMES, J        A history of Mill Meadows, 2000. np, 22pp



(See also PEOPLE)


GRANT,W.P.The Mills of Billericay. Billericay History Series.  W.P. Grant: Billericay, Little Burstead, nd. illust. maps. 10pp. Reissued as No. 2 of Billericay Society’s Billericay History series, 2001


FARRIES,K.G.          Essex Windmills, millers and  millwrights. Charles Skilton Ltd: London, 1981.

Vol 1. Thomas Wood p82-83.

Vol 3. (1984) detailed description of mills, illust. p67-69.

JOHNS, S. “Billericay’s derelict post mill”. Essex Countryside. July 1967. P727


SMITH,D.       English Windmills Vol 2.  The Architectural Press: Westminster, 1932. p40.




“Barleylands farm museum: opening”, Essex Farmers Journal Aug.1984, p36.


CATER MUSEUM GUIDE. folded A4 sheet, illust. 1966


HART, T.   “People Farming”, Essex Countryside 37(395), Nov 1989, p48-49. Barleylands farm.


MEGGS,N.B.”The Cater Museum”, Essex Countryside May1963, p296.


WHITNALL,F.G.      Going places in Essex, Essex Countryside: Letchworth, nd. Billericay’s fine museum, p25-27. illust.


WRIGHT,PHILIP      “Down on the farm, Billericay’s new farm museum”, Essex Countryside Vol.33, Feb. 1985, p14-16.



(See also NORSEY WOOD)


EARLAND BENNETT,P.M. “The lichen and flora of the Basildon area”, Essex Naturalist, Vol.33, Sept 1976, p139-154.


“FIELD MEETING IN THE BILLERICAY DISTRICT…”, Essex Naturalist Vol.16 p108-110.


HAWES,R      “Queens Park, Billericay – a plea for marginal land conservation”, Essex Naturalist Vol.32 1969, p215.


RACKHAM, OLIVER          Trees and Woodland in the British Landscape. Dent: London 1976 p115-117. Norsey wood.











BILLERICAY RECORDER, 1965-1967, 1978-














CUTTLE COLLECTION: Newspaper cuttings relating to Billericay

1894-1936 ERO T/D 181/13/1C








GRANT,W.P.”When Billericay was a barracks town”,BDQHR

No.2, winter 1963-64, p3-4.


REGISTER OF PERSONS ENTITLED TO VOTE, Billericay Polling District 1868-1869, photocopy.





BRANFILL,B.R.  “Norsey Wood, near Billericay”, T.E.A.S. N.S.5, pp226-236.


BROWN, C.F. “Norsey woods, a nature reserve”, Essex Countryside, March 1981, p29


COOK,K.G.   The History of Norsey Wood. Basildon District Council and Leisure Services:  Basildon,1984. Summary of archaeological finds and natural history illust. by sketches and extracts from documents. A5 ringbound, 41pp.


COOK, K.G.  The history of Norsey Wood, 2nd ed. Basildon District Council: Basildon, 1992. A5, foldout map, 43pp


GRANT,W.P.Billericay’s Markets and Fairs and the story of Norsey Wood. Billericay History Series, W.P. Grant: Billericay, 1965? map, pamphlet. Reissued as No 5 in the Billericay Society’s Billericay History Series, 2003, 16pp.


HULL,M.R. & C.F.C. HAWKES. “Norsey Wood”, Journal of the British Archaeological Society, 3rd. series, iv, 1939, p189.


KIMBALL,D.            “Norsey Wood Camp”, Journal of the British Archaeological Society, 3rd. series, iii, 1938, p139.


LAYLAND, JASPER            “Norsey Wood, Billericay of Yesteryear”, Essex Countryside 7(268), May 1979, p61-64. personal memories.




THE BILLERICAY AMATEUR OPERATIC SOCIETY 1929-1971 1971? np. pamphlet describes shows, scenery, costumes and lists performances.


BUNYON, P. The Billericay youth opera company(1968)




LIDDELL,W.H. & R.G. WOOD: Essex and the Great revolt of 1381-Essex Record Office: Chelmsford, 1982.


LIDDELL,W.H. & R.G. WOOD: Essex and the Peasants Revolt –  Essex Record Office: Celmsford, 1981, illusts. map. “A selection of evidence from contemporary chronicles, court rolls and other sources”.




                                                COOPER, C. The story of the sonof the assistant gamekeeper at Ramsden Hall. A4 typescript. The author: 1988? 73pp


                                                CHOWDHARY, S.    I made my life in England. (1961)



Article by Caunt on Winstanley is in CUTTS, EDWARD L., Perpetual Curate at Billericay, article in  Dictionary of National Biography, Supplement Jan1901-Dec1911. (OUP; Oxford, 1920)


DALTON: WULCKO,L.M.: “A professor of Adventure”, Essex Review Vol.57 p55. Millican Dalton (1867-1947), Billericay inhabitant and pioneer camper.


FINCHAM: HARRISON, A.N. “B. Fincham and sons, Epping and Ongar Bank. The family background”, Essex Journal, i, p131


GRANT,W.P.:            Daily Sketch weds. March 1st. 1961.An article on Grant when he was 14. His activities were described in other national newspapers.


HELE-SHAW, Henry S (1854-1941) engineer, D.N.B.


LOW: LOW, ERIC. Benjamin and Sabine Low. Their family chronicle.  1976, photocopied typescript illust. with sketches, includes details of Billericay family (1840’s) and journal of a voyage to New Zealand (1875).


MARTIN: CARPENTER,R.J.          Christopher Martin, Great Burstead andthe Mayflower – Barstaple Books: Chelmsford, 1982. Refs, illust. bibliog. 14pp. Well researched pamphlet.


______: ADAMS,R.S.           “Christopher Martin, Governor of the  ‘Mayflower'”, Essex Review Vol.64, 1955, pp112-115.


SPARVEL BAYLY, John A (1845-1896) obituary, Essex Review, v, 14


SPITTY: SPITTY, THOMAS !812-1898) Obituary, Essex Review Vol.7 p74. Billericay landowner.


THORNTON, JOHN            Memoirs of the Rev John Thornton – nd. 217pp. Bound photocopy in ERO. Pastor of the independent church and congregation in Billericay for 41 years.


WINSTANLEY: CAUNT, GEORGE “William Winstanley – a fantastical  writer”, Essex Journal Vol.12,1977 p76-77


__________: WINSTANLEY, W. The Essex Champion; or the  famous history of Sir Billy of Billericay and his squire Ricardo. 1690.


WOOD: CLARKE, REGINALD. “Essex Worthies: Edward Bright, Thomas Wood”, Essex Countryside Vol.7 June/July 1959. p244ff.


____:   “The ghastly miller of Billericay”, Essex Review   Vol. 4 1895 p197-8.


____: GRANT,W.P. “Great men of Billericay: Thomas Wood”,  BDQHR No 3, Spring 1964, p6-7.


____: PALMER, GEORGE “The ghastly miller of Billericay”, Essex Countryside 34 March 1986 p59.


____: MEGGS, B.B. “An eighteenth century slimming cure”,Essex Countryside Vol. 12 Aug. 1964 p486.


____: WOOD, THOMAS      An old Essex correspondence  Letters to and from Thomas Wood, miller of Billericay (1924) reprint from ‘Southend Standard’ 64pp pamphlet. Original documents in ERO.


____:   Remarkable Characters G. Smeeton: London 1820 pp45-49.





Billericay Archaeological Society Newsletter B.A.H.S.: Billericay.  ERO has copies from 1979


The Billericay District Residents Association The Resident (formerly The Mayflower(1960- )


Billericay Life March 17 1989 (?)- December 1999 (fortnightly magazine)


The Billericay Society Newsletter 1962-


The Billericay Town Crier: official publication of the Billericay Town Council. 2006?-


Norsey Wood Society Newsletter


St. Mary Magdalen, Billericay, Parish Magazine  Jan 1951-, continues as The Pilgrim



COATES, RICHARD            “English medieval latin Bellerica”  English Place Names Society Journal, xv, (1981-2)


BRANFILL,B.R.       “Billericay”, Essex Review Vol.3, p180-190, 1894.


GRANT,W.P.Billericay and the Mayflower and the Place names of Billericay Billericay History Series W.P. Grant: Billericay, 1962, revised 1964 illust. Reissued as No. 3 of Billericay Society’s Billericay History series, 2001


GRANT,W.P. “Place and Street name problems. No.1 Chapel Street”, BDQHR No.1 Sept 1963, p9.


GRANT,W.P. “Some more street names”, BDQHR No.2 1963-64 p2.


GRANT,W.P. “Where was Outwood Common?”, BDQHR no.1Sept 1963, p11.


Laindon road, Billericay 1912 Essex Countryside Sept 1969,p57 (photo) and letters in Essex Countryside18(154), Nov 1969, p52.


McGARVIE, M.         “Bellerica, the place name”, Notes andqueries for Somerset and Dorset, xxx, (1978), p353


REANEY,P.H.           The Place names of Essex Cambridge University Press: Cambridge, 1969. p146-147.


RICHMAN, HARRY            “What’s in a name”, Billericay Carnival Programme, 1962.


TABRUM, BURNETT          “Billericay”, Essex Review Vol. 12, 1902 p48.




Items in this section in chronological order.


Billericay town centre. Appraisal Report. folded A3 leaflet, map. illust. nd.


A plan for Billericay. Prepared by the Billericay Area Committee of the Council for the Preservation of Rural England. (Essex County Branch) nd. (1944), detailed map, 16pp.


County of Essex Development plan 1952; Report of  the Survey, part relating to Billericay. County Council Of Essex: Chelmsford, 1952, foolscap. Contains details of population, residential areas, industry, shops, social services. Diagrams of planning proposals, location, topography, geology, growth and buildings of archaeological and historical interests. 6 tables, 6 maps.


County of Essex Development Plan. First Review 1964 County Council of Essex: Chelmsford, Nov 1964. 122pp.


Open Spaces in Billericay. A Report for Conservation Year. Billericay Group for the Council for Preservation of Rural England: Billericay,1970. 12pp. sketch maps. follow to the 1944 plan.


Queens Park, Billericay: Development Plan Comprehensive development area 48 – County Council of Essex, Essex Planning: Chelmsford, Jan 1971. 12pp. A4, duplicated, plans.


Queens Park, Billericay – Plan Amendment 15. Essex County Council Planning dept: Chelmsford, 1973. 9pp. detailed map, amendment to the County Development plan.


South Billericay study: Investigation into growth potential in the next 5 years. Basildon Council: Basildon, 1975.


Billericay District Plan Project Report Basildon District Council: Basildon, June 1979. 4pp. map.


Billericay Shopping plan Charles E. Goad Ltd, 1980, and map of town centre 1″ – 88′.


Billericay District plan Written Statement. BasildonCouncil: Basildon, 1982. A5 ringbound 77p.


Billericay District plan. Written Statement – Basildon District Council: Basildon, 1984. ringbound A4.


Billericay Shopping study. Marplan Ltd: London1985. 17pp. tables. Describes shopping activities of Billericay population by area, age structure car ownership, what they buy and where and why they shop in Billericay.


Billericay Local Plan . Written Statement.  Basildon District Council: Basildon, 1987. 53pp. A4 ringbound. supercedes 1984 plan in the context of Basildon New Town Master Plan, as amended May 1977, and the Essex Structure Plan, 1982. (Plans for housing, employment, roads, green belt )


High Street,Billericay Proposed development.  Healey and Baker: London, 1987. Shopping activities, details of car ownership, local trade etc. A4  ringbound, 29pp. appendices, tables.


Billericay Town Centre Redevelopment, Traffic access and appraisal – Denis Wilson and Partners: Weybridge, 1987. 15pp. A4 ringbound. A report prepared on behalf of the joint developers, Countryside Properties plc and Urban Land Properties Ltd.




CAWSON, DAVID   Moments of Little Nicholas, March 1965. Duplicated poems to memory of a boy drowned at Lake Meadows.




CLARO, F.Z. “Billericay Post Town”, Southend Standard  Thurs. Oct’, 1966.


JOHNSON,L.J.          The Posts of Essex, Postal History Society, 1982. p30. puts postal services in Essex context.





GRANT,W.P.”Billericay was one of the most violently puritan towns in England”, Essex Countryside Vol.14, 1965/66. p30-31.


GREEN,ABISHAI J. The Essex Martyrs (from Fox’s Book of Martyrs) Essex Protestant Council: Chelmsford, 1985. Reprint of 1853 original.


FRY, RICHARD       No share in suffering for truth A sermon delivered to the congregation of Protestant Dissenters at Billericay on occasion of being excluded from the Meeting House for professing unitarian principles (1798)in GRANT,W.P., Life in Georgian Billericay (1965)


MASON,T.W.            Billericay and 1620: the story of four pilgrims and others – Congregational Union of England and Wales Inc,1919. illusts. 20pp.


THOMAS,JOHN        A sermon addressed  to the members of the three benefit clubs at the Chapel of Ease in Billericay London, 1822. 24pp. Thomas was the Vicar of Great Burstead. [E]



McPHERSON, B. et al.          South Green: a short history and thestory of its Memorial Hall South Green Memorial Hall Committee: Billericay 1995. A4 42p ;illus


PHILLIPS, C  The story of Stock and Buttsbury      Ian Henry Publications : Romford, 2003




BILLERICAY HIGHWAY DISTRICT Statement of Accounts 1868-1873.


CRAWLEY,R.J., D.R.MACGREGOR, F.D.SIMPSON: The Years Between 1909-1969.

Vol 1. The National Story  D.R. MacGregor:  Hedingham, 1979 pp194. maps. illusts. charts.

Vol 2. The Eastern National Story from 1930     Oxford publishing Company: Poole, 1984. Maps, illusts. charts. 208pp. Story of local bus services in Essex, sadly no indexes.


GRANT,W.P.”Billericay and the Railway age “BDQHR no.3 Spring 1964. p3-4.


MITCHELL, V.          Branch lines to Southend and Southminster. Middleton Press: 2010, illus, maps. 96pp


TUFFS, J.ELSDEN.   Essex Coaching Days. Essex Countryside: Letchworth, nd. p54. illusts.




BILLERICAY SOCIETY OF MODEL ENGINEERS:Festival of Britain 1951 ExhibitionProgramme for exhibition at 101 High Street. May 3rd-5th 1951 illusts. ads. 16pp. includes outline history of the town and an Architectural model of the town. [E]


FOUR CENTURIES EXHIBITION…and Billericay camera Club…Coronation Celebrations – Billericay,1953 24pp. illust. with sketches of local scenes.(Catalogue)


GOSSETT, CHRISTINE       “My early years in Billericay”, Essex Countryside 19(175) Aug 1971, p40-41.


HARE, DORIS          “Looking back at Billericay”,Essex Countryside 23(222), July 1975, p49. (Memories 1905-1923)


MOSS, IRIS   “Memories of a Billericay Pageant”, Essex Countryside Vol.20. July 1972. p40, see also Essex Countryside Oct 1972, p50.


RICKETTS, MARGARET    “The summer flower show, memories of a very special day in Billericay”, Essex Countryside Vol.18. Oct 1970, p32.




VILLAGE SIGN       Illustrations and letters, Essex Countryside 2(7), Essex Countryside 27(263) May 1979, p59.




PLUMMER, ALFRED          “The London weavers links with Essex”, Essex Countryside Vol 26. Feb 1978, p22.




BAKER, BENJAMIN           When doctors differ, what shall decide?. Brentwood: W.Gordon, 1863 28pp. account of a dispute with Guardians of Billericay workhouse. In Brentwood library.


CUTTLE,G.    The Legacy of the Rural Guardians – a  study of conditions in Mid-Essex. Heffer and Sons Ltd: Cambridge, 1934. 384pp. appendices and tables.


DRURY, G. Essex Workhouses. Felsted: Farthings Publications. 352pp. Chapter 2 covers material relating to the Billericay (Great Burstead) workhouse


GROUNDS, WENDY           “The old Billericay workhouse”, Essex Journal Vol 3. Sept 1968 p218.


”     Social Welfare in Billericay, late

18th.century – early twentieth century Thesis, 1966, Brentwood Training College, (relates to Billericay Union Workhouse) 202pp. inc. appendices. [E]


NEEDHAM, MARY “The workhouse with the human touch”, Essex Countryside Vol 21(202), Nov 1973, p70. See also Essex Countryside Dec 1973, p89 (photos),Essex Countryside Feb 1974 p55(letter).


NEEDHAM, M.         The Billericay Union workhouse Typescript, 14pp, dated May 1993, copy in Billericay Library.




ASHLEY,L.   “The day after the zeppelins came down”, Essex Countryside Feb 1961, p137.


GRANT,W.P.”When Billericay hit the headlines. The L32 zeppelin crash,” BDQHR, No 1. Sept 1963. p3-4.


CHRISTIE, MILLER            “Zeppelins that passed in the night”, Essex Review Vol 35, 1926, p64-72.


PATTERSON, LESLIE         “A Woodford Boy’s night of terror”, Essex Countryside Sept 1976, p43. See also letters Essex Countryside Oct 1970 p61., Nov 1976 p40., Dec 1976 p62., March 1977 p34.


WRIGHT, C.E.           The Fate of the Zeppelin L32 Chanticleer publications: Billericay, 1977. 25pp. A5 pamphlet. 14 photos, 3 maps, bibliog.




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