Heybridge is located in the Brentwood borough of Essex in England, and is a neighbour of Ingatestone, a village best known for 16th century Ingatestone Hall, a Grade 1 listed manor house that featured not only in an episode of “Lovejoy”, a successful TV serious about a charming but quite unscrupulous antiques dealer, but also stood in for Charles Dickens’ “Bleak House”, when the famous novel about the vagaries of the English judiciary was adapted for television in 2005.
Ingatestone Hall is located just 5 miles south west of Chelmsford and just 1 mile from Ingatestone village centre, which means that tourists coming for a longer stay than just a day visit can stay in B&Bs or guest-houses in Heybridge as it is within walking distance of Ingatestone railway station.
Ingatestone Hall was originally built by Sir William Petre in 1541 and his descendants, the Petre Baronets, continued adding to the manor house throughout the centuries. Some 15 generations later, the Petre family is still in residence to this day and permits the public to visit the Hall on selected afternoons between Easter and September.
The great legacy of Dickens
The Hall was opened to the general public for the first time in 1992 and since then school parties have come for educational visits, fans of the Bleak House adaptation have strolled through the house and gardens where Dickens’ Esther and the wards of Jarndice strolled with their guardian, their affable fictional uncle and have admired the beautiful furnishings and paintings that TV rogue Lovejoy would have loved to get his hands on.
Heybridge is a mixture of urban settlement and village that lies on the course of a Roman road and is in close proximity to what were once lands that belonged to the Abbey of Our Lady & St. Ethelburga at Barking, until the Dissolutions of the Monasteries on the orders of Henry VIII ended the monastic house of Gynge Abbes, as Ingatestone was called then. William Petre was Thomas Cromwell’s Proctor and when he heard that the Latin name for Gynge Abbes was Ginge ad Petram, he rather liked the sound of it. He was charged with making an inventory of all monastic properties and, seeing the manor of Ynge-atte-Stone, which was the manor’s original name dating back to at least 950 AD, he fell in love with the place and took out a lease.
When the abbey lands were forfeit to the crown, William purchased the entire estate for £850 and set about building his Hall. If you strolled through the east wing and tripped on a frayed carpet or slipped and took a tumble in the central court, you could make an injury claim in Heybridge and ask the Petre family to make amends by paying compensation. Not that anything untoward would ever happen when you visit the Hall!
Where can you make an injury claim Heybridge?
You can visit Accident Advice Helpline’s website or call on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile and an advisor can allocate your injury claim in Heybridge to one of the Helpline’s legal partners. All Accident Advice Helpline legal partners offer no win no fee services, which allow claimants to start their claims process without having to make an upfront payment for legal fees.