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Shenfield is located in Essex
Shenfield shown within Essex
Population 5,432 (Ward 2011)[1]
OS grid reference TQ614950
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district CM15
Dialling code 01277
Police Essex
Fire Essex
Ambulance East of England
EU Parliament East of England
UK Parliament
List of places
51°37′47″N 0°19′09″E / 51.6297°N 0.3192°E / 51.6297; 0.3192Coordinates: 51°37′47″N 0°19′09″E / 51.6297°N 0.3192°E / 51.6297; 0.3192

Shenfield is an affluent commuter suburb of Brentwood in the borough of the same name in Essex, England.


The name originates from the Anglo-Saxon Chenefield, meaning 'good lands'.

The old village (now town), by the church and Green Dragon pub, lies along the original Roman road (now the A1023) which linked London and Colchester.

Nathaniel Ward, a Puritan clergyman and author, was made minister of the Shenfield church in 1648 and held that office until his death in 1652.


The farmlands in the greenbelt behind the northern-most row of houses in Shenfield off Chelmsford Road.

Shenfield, with Hutton, is part of the conurbation of Brentwood. The original town centre[2] is located one mile (1.6 km) north-east of the centre of Brentwood. Apart from some small industrial areas and a modest but busy shopping area, Shenfield serves predominantly as a dormitory town for commuters to London and surrounding towns such as Romford and Basildon. This is facilitated by easy access to the A12 and the M25 and rail services.

The parish church is dedicated to St Mary the Virgin[3] and St Mary's primary school[4] is located nearby.

Shenfield's recreational areas include the Courage playing fields on the Chelmsford Road and playing fields on Alexander Lane, next to Shenfield High School. The Courage playing fields contain a play area and a cricket pitch used by the third team of Shenfield Cricket Club.[5] Next door to the Courage playing fields is the cricket club itself. The land was granted by the Courage brewing family for use by the cricket club. The club's badge is a cockerel, which echoes both the trade mark of the Courage brand and the weathervane on St Mary's church. The Courage Playing Fields are supposed to be upgraded by Brentwood Borough Council.

The town of Hutton, to the east of Shenfield, is now largely part of the built-up area.


Shenfield railway station, located on the Great Eastern Main Line and a junction for services for the Southend and Southminster which is accessed via changing at Wickford, Services operated by Abellio Greater Anglia. Shenfield is also the terminus for the all stops service to Liverpool Street operated by TfL Rail, with off-peak frequencies of 6 trains per hour. The station is situated at the eastern end of the high street.

Shenfield's significance in the London Commuter Belt will increase as the Crossrail project proceeds since it is intended to be the eastern terminus.

Bus routes in Shenfield 9A 9 81 X81 339 351 251 608 (TFL Operated)


There are two state secondary school and two state primary schools. These are Shenfield High School and St Martins School, Shenfield St Mary's, Church of England school, and Long Ridings just on the edge of town between Shenfield and Hutton.

Retail and shopping[edit]

The shopping area in Shenfield is very suburban and was built in the 1930s. The shops include many bespoke local shops and business and some national chains including a Costa Coffee, a Tesco Express, a Co-operative Food, Barclays Bank, Martins newsagent and a branch of Rowlands Pharmacy.


With CrossRail arriving in Shenfield by 2018 the area especially Hutton Road, the town centre, is being redeveloped. The station forecourt will be changed drastically. The busy congested taxi rank will be relocated as well as the road being cobbled and new trees being planted and information point. Street lights in Hutton Road are being upgraded.