Billericay Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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Over the years we've seen a number of questions asked about Billericay, so we've collated some of the more frequent queries and facts!

Question: Why is Billericay called Billericay?

Answer: The first recorded name for Billericay appeared in the Middle Ages as 'Byllyrica' in 1291. Billericay itself was not mentioned in the Domesday Book as it was incorporated into Great Burstead. When the land was divided into Hundreds the Bursteads came under the Hundred of Barstable. Billericay was in fact part of the Parish of Great Burstead until the 19th century.

You can find more information in our Billericay Town Guide pages or on the Basildon Council archive.

Question: How many people live in Billericay?

Answer: Billericay is split into an East and West Ward. In the 2011 census the population for the Billericay East Ward was 11,777 and the population for the Billericay West Ward was 11,964. The total population of Billericay from the 2011 census is 27,998.