I have been meaning to visit the Hanningfields for some time now. Here is the plan:
Looking for the Plough & Sail, Southend road, East Hanningfield CM3 8EE which is apparently more in Rettendon. This is the road between Battlesbridge and Great Baddow, i.e. the A130. This is a major dual carriageway now, so I think I will see if I can avoid this road.
Then there is the Three Horseshoes, The Tye, East Hanningfield CM3 8AF which is in East Hanningfield village. This is to the east of the A130, heading towards Bicknacre. This is close to the Windmill, The Tye, East Hanningfield, Chelmsford CM3 8AA.
Moving on to West Hanningfield, we have the :
Ivy House, Church road, West Hanningfield CM2 8UJ – probably a private residence now. And Three Compasses, Church road, West Hanningfield CM2 8UQ which is probably still open. It is north of the reservoir.
Leather Bottle, West Hanningfield CM2 – not sure where this was. The Ship, Stock road, West Hanningfield CM2 8LB ; this is west of Hanningfield at the junction with Ship road and closer to Stock. Turning north from here goes to Galleywood across the A12.
And we have the Old Windmill, South Hanningfield Road, South Hanningfield CM3 8HT which was a Brunning and Price pub in 2017. It is south of the reservoir.
Here are early mappings from the NLS site which are less interactive than google maps but easier to follow on a mobile, I think. It is really interesting to see the 1892 to 1914 map which shows this as farmland rather than a reservoir, when was it built? Apparently in 1957, that’s history.
So, which is the best way to travel? Here is my list of Essex pubs, by the way. In Bicknacre, which is east of here, is the Brewers Arms, Main road, Bicknacre CM3 4HD and the White Swan, Main road, Bicknacre CM3 4EX a bit further north. Both of these appear to exist still.
Further south on the way here is Ramsden Bellhouse.This includes the Fox & Hounds, Church Road, Ramsden Heath, Billericay CM11 1PW north of the village. The Nags Head, 50 Heath Road, Ramsden Heath, Billericay CM11 1HS west of the village, and the White Horse, Heath Road, Ramsden Heath, Billericay,CM11 1NA in the Ramsden Heath village itself. To get to Ramsden Bellhouse and Heath we travel directly north from Crays Hill, I know this, as it is just off of the A127 before getting to Wickford and the A130.