Monday, 5 May 2008

Brentwood: Edwardian Postcards (2)

“The Town Hall in the High Street, built in 1864, is held on lease by a limited company and has a large hall, accommodating 440 people, adapted for public meetings” [Clunn p151].

It was demolished in 1963 but the clock found its way into storage, languishing in the Council’s depot until the late 1990s when it was placed on the Council Offices (now called the Town Hall) in Ingrave Road.

Just a little further up the street, on the same side was an old coaching inn, the George and Dragon. “But the inn over the way is much older. The White Hart was established in 1480. Passing through, and observing the black timber framework of the walls, you reach the splendid galleried courtyard; or rather what is left of it, for the right-hand portion no longer exists” [Beckett p215].

Over the years the White Hart has had various names. Today it is the Sugar Hut Village.


Beckett, Reginald. Romantic Essex (Dent & Co., 1901)
Clunn, Harold. The Face of the Home Counties (Simpkin Marshall, London. 1937)

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