Abridge is a small village in South West Essex bordering the better known London com muter towns of Loughton and Chigwell. It falls into the parliamentary constituency of Brentwood and Ongar and lies 14 miles from central London, a half-way point from the city centre and Essex county town of Chelmsford. It has been put firmly on the trendy hangout map recently through the success of hit ITV television show, The Only Way Is Essex (TOWIE). Traditionally known for its golf course, converted water mill flats and home to retired couples, Abridge has been given a firm injection of youth in recent years.
The reason for the TOWIE cameras descending on Abridge is the Blue Bore restaurant. It was also the scene of real life tragedy when the show’s star Peri Sinclair’s mother was killed during a storm when a tree fell into her converted barn, crushing her to death.
Abridge is home to a few small independent shops and provides spectacular views of the River Roading. It is a picturesque village protected through various conservation programmes since as far back as 1777. As a result, planning permission for new homes or changes to existing homes have to go through a length planning permission process. Residents might find that planning for loft conversions takes longer than in many nearby towns. Today, many independent business service providers use their homes in Abridge as a base and many residents work in nearby towns such as Loughton, Chingford and Romford. Many an East London accountant lives in Abridge.
Abridge Golf Club is a well known meeting place for London and Essex business networking opportunities, both in terms of meeting fellow members and groups using facilities at the club. These meetings benefit small business or sole proprietor business such as an Essex psychiatrist or local life coaching specialists.
The tranquil setting provides a great work-from-home environment for artists, graphic designers and website developers amongst others. Its proximity to London means that many online marketing specialists and SEO consultants are based close to Abridge. Click here for more information about SEO consultants in Essex.
If you are travelling along the M11 from London towards Cambridge, jump off at junction 5 or junction 26 on the M25 to experience Abridge and enjoy the views and photographic opportunities this quaint little village offers.