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Billericay

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Billericay is a town and civil parish in the Basildon borough of Essex, England. It lies within the London Basin, and constitutes a commuter town 28mi east of central London. The town has three secondary schools and a variety of open spaces. It is thought to have been occupied since the Bronze Ages.HistorySome of the earliest records of human occupation of Billericay are the burial mounds in Norsey Wood: evidence of occupation in the Bronze and Iron Ages. Evidence of Roman occupation has been found at a number of locations in the town and there may have been a small cavalry fort at Blunts Wall.The Saxons did not settle in the centre of Billericay. They established themselves two miles south, at Great Burstead. In the late 10th century it was known as 'Burhstede'. Billericay was not mentioned in the Domesday Book, as it lay within Great Burstead. At this time the parish church for Billericay was at Great Burstead.Origin of the NameThe origin of most English place-names can be ascertained with a fair degree of confidence, but Billericay – previously Billerica, is a well-known exception to this.The town of Billericay was created some time in the 13th century and our first record of the town is the spelling Byllyrica recorded in 1291. The town was one of many founded in that period and was established in an already densely populated rural landscape – the town of Billericay being founded within the manor and parish of Great Burstead. There are many suggestions for the origin of the place name including:
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