Judith Williams Wickford: A History

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Wickford: A History

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The town of Wickford nestles in a meander of the River Crouch, just north of Basildon in south Essex. Its name, at various times written as Wickeford, Wyckford or Wygford, is Saxon in origin and means 'a sheep farm on a river crossing'. This book provides insight into the town's history and development. It is for local historians and residents.

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The town of Wickford nestles in a meander of the River Crouch, just north of Basildon in south Essex. Its name, at various times written as Wickeford, Wyckford or Wygford, is Saxon in origin and means 'a sheep farm on a river crossing'. However, the town predates the name and has existed since the Bronze Age or earlier. This new and detailed history of Wickford traces the town's fortunes from its humble beginnings as a tiny farming hamlet beset by regular flooding and poverty, to the bustling commuter town it is today. The author studies factors such as population growth, changing economic activities and town development to shed light on the challenges the town has faced. These include agricultural depressions, cholera outbreaks, exploitation by land developers, heavy bombing during the Second World War and near absorption into the rapid urban spread of Basildon New Town. The reviewer who, for Pigott's 1832 Directory, wrote, 'There is nothing worthy of note attached to this place', clearly had not delved into either the history or community of Wickford. The town has always inspired loyalty and affection from its inhabitants, from Joan Risson, who bequeathed 3s. 4d. to the Wickford poor box in 1567, to Abraham Bell, an 18th-century churchwarden whose accounts are full of creative spellings, and James Gigney, who used his own money to provide additional lighting and water supplies to the developing 19th-century town.

With more than 160 magnificent illustrations, "A History of Wickford" provides new insight into the town's history and development, and will appeal to local historians and residents alike.

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