Braintree has an excellent location close to two of Essex’s largest urban areas – just ten miles from the city of Chelmsford (where our removal company is based) and 15 miles from Colchester. It also has an interesting history, as a number of well-known names once lived in the town.
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If you are moving to Braintree, Essex, here is a little background information about the town.
Braintree was once a thriving wool town, but today is best known for its designer outlet shopping complex, which has 90 retail outlets selling well-known brands at discount prices. And, if you are moving house to the outskirts, there are some pretty rural areas within easy reach of the town, which are popular places to live, including Great Dunmow, Thaxted, Danbury and Little Baddow.
Things to See and Do in Braintree
Braintree has its fair share of things to do, including excellent shopping opportunities at Freeport Shopping Village, which is open seven days a week, with late night shopping on Thursdays when stores close at 8pm. There are also several dining areas, a bowling alley and a multiplex cinema on the complex.
If you want to find out more about the town’s history, head to Braintree Museum. Here, you can find out about its famous past in the wool trade in the 17th century, and in silk manufacturing in the 19th century when companies such as Courtaulds and Warner & Sons (who wove the Queen’s coronation robes) opened up in the town.
Other family activities include visiting the Maize Maze at the Blake House Craft Centre, where you are sure to have hours of fun negotiating the pathways. Or, for something more serene, take a wander around the grounds of Cressing Temple, founded by the medieval Knights Templar.
Braintree also stages various annual events including the carnival in June and two yearly shows by the Braintree Musical Society at the town’s Arts Theatre.
If you are moving to Braintree with children, the town has a mix of independent and state run secondary schools. Gosfield is a small independent school for boys and girls, with 220 pupils. The Notley High School Technology College (where Braintree Sixth Form is also based) has a good reputation and counts singer-songwriter Olly Murs, reality TV dance star Louie Spence and paralympic swimmer Giles Long among its past pupils. Famous pupils aren’t just restricted to Notley High School, however, as the co-educational Alec Hunter Academy (named after a prestigious textile designer) counts Keith Flint and Liam Howlett of band The Prodigy among its past students. Meanwhile, Tabor Academy is the town’s newest school and shares facilities with Braintree Leisure Centre.
Braintree has two railway stations, including Freeport which runs an hourly train service to London Liverpool Street via Witham.
If you commute by car, the main roads are the A120, which will take you to Colchester and the M11, and the A131 which goes to and from Chelmsford.
The town itself is easy to walk around, although there are regular town bus services as an alternative. If you want to go further afield, you can also get to and from Chelmsford, Colchester and Stansted Airport by bus from Braintree, which is about a 15–20 minute drive.