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The Local Area Guide to living in Hockley

Hockley refers to both a village and civil parish within Essex, deriving its name from an Anglo-Saxon word for small hill. It enjoys a prime location just a few miles away from the Victorian seaside attractions of Southend-on-Sea while being within an easy commuting distance from London. Hockley village is located between neighbouring towns Rayleigh and Rochford and still retains glimpses of its historic past with several notable buildings. These include a Grade 2 listed church, which features a 12th century nave, 13th century chancel, and 14th century tower.

Today, Hockley's more modern facilities include a wide range of shops, schools, churches, and public buildings including the Old Fire House and library. Hockley has its own football club, Hockley United F.C., as well as a Hockley Lawn Tennis club.

Information about the local residents

With a long history as a relatively sleepy village in the Essex countryside, Hockley came into its own when the Great Eastern Railway reached the town in 1889. This connected Hockley with London, bringing in an influx of new residents and growing the village into the bustling town it is today. At the time of the 2001 Census, there was a population of 13,616 within Hockley's urban area, which includes neighbouring parish Hawkwell. Within Hockley parish, the population was 8,909 in 2001. With a number of transport links providing direct services to London, many residents choose to commute to the city each day. Hockley's residents include professionals and young families, in particular, are drawn to the suburban feeling of the parish as well as its proximity to both London and the Essex seaside.

Nearby Schools

There are several primary schools in and around Hockley, including Hockley Primary, Plumberow Primary and Westerings Primary School. Hockley Primary was most recently assessed by Ofsted in 2011, receiving a 'Good with outstanding elements' rating. Westerings and Plumberow have also received 'Good' ratings, with strengths for both including the good behaviour of their pupils and overall community spirit.

Hockley is also home to a prestigious secondary comprehensive school, Greensward Academy. Granted an 'Outstanding' in the latest Ofsted report, 98 per cent of Greensward pupils were able to achieve 5 A* to C grades at GCSE. The academy specialises in applied learning and science faculties. The Hildale Academy of Performing Arts is also located within Hockley and was first established in 1952.

Getting Around

The Hockley railway station is managed by Abellio Greater Anglia, located on the Shenfield to Southend Line. Just 36 miles away from London's Liverpool Street, there are three trains per hour during off-peak times to London Liverpool as well as three to Southend Victoria. The Arriva Bus Company operates bus services in the area, including the 407 line to Shoeburyness and the 7 and 9 lines connecting Hockley with Southend-on-Sea.

It's also possible to reach London in just over an hour via the A13 motorway, and the seaside attractions of Southend are less than a 20-minute journey away via the B1013.

Local Shops

Hockley's town centre offers a treasure trove of retail outlets to explore, including children's clothing boutiques, hobby shops and kitchen supply stores. Computer repair, charity and electronics shops are all available in town, as is a Sainsbury's Local, library and post office. Residents can also visit the La Vallee Farm Shop for locally reared meat products, homemade sausages and freshly picked vegetables. Hockley Parish Council hosts a local Village Market and Craft Fair on the second Saturday of every month, offering fresh produce and craft stalls directly in front of the Old Fire Station.

From Hockley, it's a swift journey to Southend where shoppers can pick and choose from a wide selection of shops. Shopping centres include the Royals Shopping Centre and Victoria Shopping Centre, where you'll find Argos, Debenhams and Primark. Southend High Street Market is also held every Thursday, lining the pedestrian centre with independent market stalls.

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