New homes in Stanford-Le-Hope

Whether you’re exploring country parks, enjoying some retail therapy or taking a day trip to the coast, there’s lots to see and do around the Essex town of Stanford-le-Hope. Located near the south-east coastline within commuting distance of London, a new home in Stanford-le-Hope could be perfect for you and your family’s next move.

A quick history

Historians believe the name Stanford means ‘stony ford’, with ‘le-Hope’ added in the 17th century. The town was involved in starting the 1381 Peasants Revolt when there was an uprising in protest against Poll Tax. In Essex, a number of people were killed during the protests.

One of the town’s most famous residents was novelist Joseph Conrad, who moved to Stanford-le-Hope in 1896. Today the town is a popular place for commuters travelling into London and other neighbouring towns for work.

Business and industry

Stanford-le-Hope was once home to a large refinery, but it was closed in 2013, and the land was bought by Greenergy and Shell. The Thames Oilport fuel storage facility was opened in 2016, while the Anglia Ruskin MedTech Campus in nearby Southend-on-Sea is a huge health innovation space for the medical technologies industry.

Many residents of Stanford-le-Hope travel into central London for work, where major employers include Google, Microsoft, J.P. Morgan, Deloitte UK and HSBC.

Things to do in the area

Stanford-le-Hope has a charming town centre with a centuries-old church along with shops, cafes and restaurants. If you want to shop ‘til you drop, the Lakeside Shopping Centre and Bluewater Shopping Centre are only a short drive away.

If you love the great outdoors, you can take a walk through Thurrock Thameside Nature Park, enjoy a round of golf at St Cleres Hall Golf Club, or take the kids to Wat Tyler Country Park. Shorne Woods Country Park and Thorndon Country Park are also popular with families.

To find out more about local history, you can visit Coalhouse Fort on one of its open days, or go to Tilbury Fort to discover how London was defended through the ages, and see where gunpowder was stored in centuries gone by. 

Other attractions near the town include Barleylands Farm Park in Billericay and Essex Fire Museum in Grays.

Travel and commuting

Stanford-le-Hope is well connected by road and rail, ideal if you’re commuting for work or visiting family and friends. The town is just outside the M25, and the A13 is nearby.

Travelling to London, the train journey from Stanford-le-Hope to Fenchurch Street takes around 50 minutes, while the car journey to the centre of the capital takes 55 minutes depending on traffic. Southend-on-Sea is 25 minutes away by train or 30 minutes by car, while the drive to Chelmsford takes 30 minutes. 

If you’re going on holiday or taking a business trip overseas, London Southend Airport is only a 30-minute drive away from the town. 

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