Warley, Essex

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Warley
Warley is located in Essex
Warley
Warley
 Warley shown within Essex
OS grid reference TQ592923
District Brentwood
Shire county Essex
Region East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town BRENTWOOD
Postcode district CM13, CM14
Dialling code 01277
Police Essex
Fire Essex
Ambulance East of England
EU Parliament East of England
UK Parliament Brentwood and Ongar
List of places
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Essex

Coordinates: 51°36′25″N 0°18′00″E / 51.607°N 0.300°E / 51.607; 0.300

Warley is a suburb of Brentwood in Essex, situated to the south of the town. It is notable for being home to the British headquarters of Ford Motor Company.

It is also home to a new development of houses situated on the former site of Warley Hospital (a psychiatric hospital), called Clements Park. The development includes a range of house styles modelled around local themes, such as the former water tower that supplied the local area. It also includes the former hospital chapel that has now been converted to flats.

There was also another prominent psychiatric hospital in Warley for over 150 years, known as Mascalls Park Mental Hospital, although its operations were moved to the site of Goodmayes Hospital in early 2011.[1]

There is a Borough of Brentwood council ward by the name Warley, which takes in Great Warley, Little Warley, Childerditch and the Woodman Road/Hartswood area of Brentwood. Traditionally it has been a Liberal Democrat-Conservative marginal, which in 2007 elected the youngest councillor in Britain, at eighteen years of age.

Military history[edit]

Main article: Warley Barracks

The military has associations with Warley going back over 200 years. It also had strategic importance during the time of the Spanish Armada – it was used as a meeting place for contingents from eight eastern and midland counties (900 horsemen assembled here) to then travel on to Tilbury. The local common was used as a military camp in 1742, and became a permanent feature as Warley Barracks in 1804.

Essex Regiment Chapel

The Essex Regiment Chapel is located in Eagle Way.(51°35′57″N 0°17′52″E / 51.5991°N 0.2977°E / 51.5991; 0.2977 (Essex Regiment Chapel)) The chapel was built in 1857 and is a Grade II listed building. It was originally built for the East India Company, but with the establishment of the Essex Regiment Depot at Warley, the chapel became the regiment's "home" church. The chapel's interior contains displays of regimental history, memorials, heraldry and regimental colours. The chapel is open by appointment, and on regimental heritage days.

The chapel is near the Warley (Brentwood) Army Reserve drill hall, which is the headquarters of 124 Petroleum Squadron, part of 151 (London) Transport Regiment of the Royal Logistic Corps.[2]

The site of the old regimental depot and barracks is now the headquarters of the Ford Motor Company. Most of the barracks have been demolished and only the chapel, the officers' mess (now Marillac Nursing Home) and one of the regimental gyms (Keys Hall) remain.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The final curtain for 153-year-old mental health hospital serving Havering" Lucy Dickinson, Romford Recorder 29 December 2010
  2. ^ "Reserve Forces London: About us". 
  3. ^ "Chapel". Royal Anglian Association. Retrieved 26 May 2014.