Alresford is one of the most desirable villages in Essex to move to. It is a proud previous winner of both Essex Village of the Year, and the county’s best kept village competition
If you are looking for an expert Chelmsford removals company, Greens can arrange domestic and commercial moves to all parts of Essex, including Alresford. Here is our guide to a village which has the twin attractions of stunning rural views and excellent links with the rest of the county.
Alresford, which has a population of just over 2,000 people, lies around six miles south of Colchester, just off the B1027. Its name is thought to come from the alders which grew alongside a ford to the south of the village, near Alresford Creek. This tributary of the River Colne estuary used to be a hive of industrial activity, with sailing barges carrying locally-extracted gravel to London and beyond. Nowadays the creek has fifty yacht moorings, managed by the Alresford Creek Boat Owners group.
It is within easy reach of the resorts of Clacton-on-Sea, Frinton, Brightlingsea, and West and East Mersea. The village also has its own railway station, which offers hourly services to Walton on the Naze and Colchester, plus some peak-time trips to London Liverpool Street. Bus services run through the village to Brightlingsea, Colchester, Wivenhoe and Frinton.
Alresford’s previous church, St Peter’s, was destroyed by fire in 1971 – although the graveyard is still in use – and replaced by St Andrew’s Church four years later. This acts as a hub for a lot of community activities, particularly youth groups, with separate clubs for toddlers, 5-11-year-olds and teenagers.
The village hall is Alresford’s other main public venue. It is used by a wide range of village clubs, including Scout groups, a combined camera and art club, the local branch of the Women’s Institute, a Horticultural Club and Guiding Paws, a puppy training group.
Next to the village hall and church is the recreation ground, which has a children’s play area, a skatepark, and a hard court which can be used for tennis and basketball, plus a cricket strip. The village’s football pitches are used by Alresford Colne Rangers FC, who run senior, ladies’ and junior teams, including a mini section for under-11s.
Alresford also has its own primary school, in Ford Lane, which caters for around 150 pupils up to the age of 11, and this includes a reception class for the youngest children. Most of the pupils go on to Colne Community School and College.
Shops and Businesses
Even though Colchester is quite close, the village still has plenty of shops and businesses. The post office, a general store, and several takeaways are all located next to the railway station. Most of the remaining companies are located along the B1027 main road, either in or near the Alresford Business Centre. These include a car sales showroom, a pet shop and a clothes boutique.
The village pub is The Pointer, in Wivenhoe Road, which has a separate restaurant, a large beer garden with a children's play area, and plenty of parking.
Moving to Alresford with Greens Removals
If you are considering moving to Alresford, then Greens Removals are the people to call. We are a Chelmsford removals company who are registered with the British Association of Removers and take great care when handling all household and office contents.
Our local expertise and knowledge mean we can help with moves to all parts of the county, including Colchester, Brightlingsea, Clacton and Brentwood, as well as the rest of East Anglia and across the UK. If you would like to get in touch, follow this link.