A very warm Welcome to the village of Navestock


Whether you have recently moved to Navestock or have been a resident for many years, we hope that the information provided in this page will be both informative and useful.       

A brief history of Navestock - The village is primarily a rural community mainly devoted to arable farming and covering a large area within the boundaries, but with relatively few inhabitants numbering only 510 in 2004. The population was actually much larger at the turn of the last century but has reduced over time with the effects of two World Wars and migration of people into the towns for employment.. Farm mechanisation and increasing housing costs have also contributed to the reduction in residents.

We are fortunate to have large areas of Common Land within Navestock which helps protect and maintain the rural landscape. There is much local history going back hundreds of years, an example being the Richards and Navestock Stones which mark the eastern boundary of the Forest of Waltham and are known to have existed in 1641. Many local families can trace their ancestors back over many generations. There are 46 Grade II listed buildings in the village and the Parish Church of St Thomas is the oldest dating from about 1190AD. The churchyard is famous for a crater caused by an exploding landmine during World War II.

The name Navestock is thought to mean "stump on the headland" and seems to indicate that the Saxons lived on the high ground here, while the Saxon word "stocce" signifies felled timber, and the suffix being added to distinguish the parish from Nazing - indicating that it was fortified or stockaded. The Parish of Navestock includes the hamlets of Navestock, Navestock Side, Navestock Heath, Curtis Mill Green, Horseman's Side, Sabines Green and Wattons Green.

With an area of 4,600 acres, it is one of the largest parishes in the South East. The varied scenery includes a patch of ancient woodland, an open green, and a heath,  plus a site of Special Scientific Interest, an open air theatre, a lake designed by Capability Brown, an ice house, one of only eight in the country, and a steam mill.  These features make it very popular with walkers, cyclists and horseriders.


Useful contacts:

Clubs                          Navestock Village Society        - Roy Tyzack 01277 372285

                                    Over 60's lunch in Village Hall - 2nd Wednesday every month

                                                                                                all residents welcome - Mary Enkel 01277 373722

                                    Short Mat Bowls                          -       "         "          "            "

                                    Women's Institute                      - Suzanne O'Shea 01277 372766

                                    Bell Ringing - Tower Captain    -  Keith Gardner 01708 688576

                                    Navestock Church choir           -  Eileen Dolman

                                    Open air theatre - Summer weekends - July -  

                                    or visit web site www.willowcottagetheatre.org


Churches                   St Thomas, Navestock (Church of England)             - 01277 373486

                                    St Paul's, Bentley Common (Church of England)     - 01277 373486

                                    St Nicholas, Kelvedon Hatch  (Church of England)  - 01277 373486

                                    Brentwood Baptist Church                                        - 01277 224326

                                    St Helen's Catholic Church, Ongar                            - 01277 362645

                                    Brentwood Cathedral (Roman Catholic)                    - 01277 210107

                                    Methodist, Ongar

                                    Trinity Church, Coxtie Green Road                            - 01277 372996

                                    Abbotswick House of Prayer
                                    Sr Camilla or Sr Gabriels                                            - 01277 373959
                                    Website www.abbotswick.org                              


Village Hall

Key Holder / Bookings contact:                                              Tylor Enkel  07449 306087

Email: navestockvillagehall@gmail.com 

Hire charges:  Starting from £75, discounts available for Navestock residents

Village Show - Navestock Village Hall  -  annually the last  Saturday in July  


Public Houses / Restaurants                  -                              Alec's  (Formerly the Green Man, Navestock Side )

                                                                -                             Alma Arms, Horseman Side


Emergencies Dial 999 or 112

Fire and Rescue Service Brentwood                                     - 01277 222531

Police               Brentwood /  Ongar  /  Harlow (HQ)

                           262212        362013    01279 641212

Community Policeman - PC John V 01277 373180 /372422    Mob. 07860 953500


Doctors                   Brentwood practice - Tile House Surgery    - 01277 227711

                                 Doddinghurst practice                                -  01277 821699                               

                                 Ongar War Memorial Medical Centre         - 01277 367200

                                 Abridge Village Hall                                    - 01992 812961

Emergency Hospital

Princess Alexandra, Harlow             -  01279 444455

Broomfield, Chelmsford                    - 01245 440761


NHS Direct  - Emergency advice - 08 45 46 47

                      - Samaritans 01245 357357

Dentists          Brentwood - Ongar Road Surgery                         - 01277 848777

                        Ongar - Davey                                                          - 01277 364737



Schools  (Primary)     Kelvedon Hatch                                           -  01277 372341

                                     Bentley St Paul's                                         - 01277 372295

                                     St Peter's South Weald                               -  01277 215577

                                     Doddinghurst                                               -  01277 821064

                                     Stapleford Abbotts                                       - 01708 688207


Schools  (Secondary)  Becket Keys

                                       Brentwood County High

                                       Brentwood Ursuline Convent School

                                       Shenfield  High School      

                                       St Martin's


Adult Education College  Bishop's Hall, Hutton                             


Navestock Parish Council    

Clerk to the Parish Council  -  Beccy Allison     e-mail address: navestockpcclerk@gmail.com

Chairman                             -  Michael Parrish

Meetings held at the Navestock Village Hall on the 2nd Tuesday of every other month from January starting at 8pm.

AGM held in May starting at 7.45pm


County Councillor - Lesley Wagland      - cllr.lesley.wagland@essex.gov.uk

Local Councillors - Keith Parker             -  01277 200589 - 0777 3844150 (M)


Member of Parliament (MP)                   -  Alex Burghart - 0207 219 1613

Brentwood Borough Council                  -  01277 312500

Electricity         e-on / EDF                      -  0845 052 0000 / 0800 028 4587

Water              Three Valleys Water       -  0845 782 3333

British Gas                                              -  0845 609 1122


Rubbish Collection days - Saturdays

Local amenity sites - waste tips - Coxtie Green Road  (Identification showing address may be required to avoid £3 fee per visit).

                                                        - Halsford Bridge, Ongar


Post Offices                Village Store, Church Road, Kelvedon Hatch 

Golf Clubs                   Bentley                        Stapleford Abbotts

                                     South Weald              Abridge


Sports Facilities        Brentwood Leisure Trust,       - 01277 215151

                                 Ongar Leisure Centre             -  01277 363969

                                 Ashwells, Ashwells Road      

Play Areas               Navestock Village Hall


                                  Kelvedon Hatch

Activ Brentwood 

Activ Brentwood link to our home page http://www.activbrentwood.com or our community section http://www.activbrentwood.com/community/.

Cricket Club- club night Wednesday  (Summer only) Malcolm Goddard 01277 227950

Saturday and Sunday Games - played on Navestock Green, the oldest ground where cricket has been played continuously in the  country.


Glendene Cycling Club - Meets every Wednesday evening - 8pm - Navestock Village Hall, Navestock Side

Club Ride - every Saturday - meet outside "The Leather Bottle" , Blackmore - 9.00 for 9.15am

Membership Secretary: Lynne Harrington - Tel: 01708 688618 or General Secretary: Gerry Harrington 01708 688618


Scouts               Kelvedon Hatch - contact Steve Leeks 01277 824574

                            Navestock   - contact Jan Savill 01708 688649

Girl Guides        Kelvedon Hatch - contact Sue Cripps 01277 374797

Brownies           Kelvedon Hatch - contact Sally Smith 01277 374471


Taxis                Brentwood                 - 01277 202020

                         Kelvedon Common   - 01277 374880


Local Tourist attractions

                        Blake Hall

                        Greensted Church

                        Ingatestone Hall

                        Kelvedon Hatch Secret Nuclear Bunker, Ongar Road

                        Norpar Flowers

                        Epping Ongar Railway


Local  Garden Centres 

Country Gardens, Langford Bridge, Ongar Road

Patchpark, London Road, Abridge


This guide has been prepared for you by Navestock Parish Council.