The Ultimate Guide to Living and Working in Halstead
Here is everything you need to know about Halstead, use the list below to jump between the relevant sections!
House price’s in Halstead
Is Halstead a nice place to live?
Is Halstead safe?
Landmarks and History
Travelling in Halstead
Eating and drinking in Halstead
Shopping in Halstead
Hotels in Halstead
Top 5 things to do in Halstead
Halstead is a town located in Essex, seven miles north of Braintree, eight miles south of Sudbury straddling the river Colne. Halstead was first developed on a hill to the north of the river. The name Halstead comes from an old English term meaning place of refuge.
As of 2019 the population of Halstead is estimated to be 12,161.
The average price for a property in Halstead is £342,133 as of June 2021, which is a rise of 1.81% since March 2021 and a rise of 1.48% from June 2020.
Flats sell for an average of £170,922
Detached houses sell for an average of £470,492
Semi detached houses sell for £284,150 on average
Terraced houses on average sell for £243,789
In a survey conducted in 2021 by property experts Garrington found that Halstead was one of the nicest place in the UK to live. The 1,372 locations that they reviewed were scored on features such as; proximity to open water, national parks and areas of outstanding beauty. They also look at things such as; air quality, crime figures and number of listed and period homes. Due to Halstead location in the Colne Valley, it is surrounded by untouched countryside that provides beautiful walks for residents. There is also a large range of local attractions such as; Trinity Street’s gardens, the history of St Andrew’s Church and the beautiful architecture which ranges from Georgian to Tudor buildings.
Unfortunately the statistics say that Halstead one of the 10 most dangerous small towns in the Essex area and ranks 68th overall as the most dangerous out of 319 towns, villages or cities. In 2020 there was 72 crimes committed per 1000 people, which is 9% lower than the average of the area. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Halstead is the 184th most dangerous small town, and the 1,338th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages. Another blow for the reputation of Halstead is that in 2020 it was found to be the worst place in Essex for the possession of weapons. The most common crimes committed in Halstead are violence and sexual offences, which is not uncommon in the UK.
Hedingham castle is seen as the best-preserved Norman keep in England. The castle fortifications were thought to be built around 1100 and the keep in 1140. Hedingham Castle is the only major medieval structure that has stayed standing, although with a little damage. The actual castle does still remain a family home, and the Norman keep and grounds are open to the public from Easter time to October. The castle hosts several events such as; jousting, falconry, archery, re-enactments plus many more. They also provide the backdrop for vintage car show, theatre performances and music concerts. It can also be hired for private events such as weddings, Civil ceremonies, Civil Partnerships, Renewal of Vows and Naming ceremonies are all permitted. The Queen Anne mansion house and marquee are used for wedding receptions and parties.
There are a number of bus services available in Halstead, along with a train station that offers a service to get you to London in under an hour.
The Little Book Café
This friendly little café is located in a beautiful 17th century cottage. There is a warm and cosy environment where you can enjoy a fresh pot of tea and some homemade cake. They also offer home cooked breakfast, brunch and lunch. What quirky about this café is that they offer a range of books for you to browse borrow or buy.
The Foragers Retreat
This is a deli, café and bar that’s only open Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. But you will jump at the chance to try some of the delicious food on offer those days. Each day has a different menu; On Thursdays they serve coffee, cake, pastries and hot sausage plaits in the morning. While dishes from the Deli are served at lunchtime. Fridays you’ll find breakfast & brunch from 10-3 with the Caribbean available at lunchtime and arguably the best pizzas this side of Italy are served from 5pm to eat in or to collect hot. On Saturdays they serve breakfast and brunch from 10-3 with the Caribbean menu available at lunchtime. Saturday night there is Caribbean food with themed cocktails, music and restaurant dining. On Sundays there is breakfast & brunch from 10-11.30, roast at the retreat from 12-3 as well as takeaway roast ready to collect, heat and eat!
Established in 1999 and family run since then, Spice Zone delivers fantastic curry to the residents of Halstead. They specialise in authentic dishes and use different cooking methods to bring out the best flavours. They offer a range of food from the sub-continent and offer in restaurant, delivery and take away services.
Halstead has a historic town centre that is full of independent shops and highs-street staples such as boots and New Look. If you drive a little further out from Halstead you’ll find bigger outlets and shopping centres, such as Lakeside shopping centre.
Located just a 3-minute walk away from Halstead town centre the Dorrington is a good choice for sightseers. There is free Wi-Fi available in all of the rooms, plus free parking on site. Every room features an on-suite with a bath or walk in shower. There are also tea and coffee making facilities and TVs in every room. You can have a full cooked breakfast in the morning from 7.30am onwards. Stanstead airport is 23 miles away.
Bull Hotel by Greene King Inns
This 500 year old building has been a hotel (of sorts) for 500 years, starting life as a coaching inn. It now offers all the mod cons, including free Wi-Fi, a lively bar and home cooked good. All the rooms are comfortable and cosy, featuring light colours and modern TVs. You will find tea and coffee making facilities as well has hairdryers. Built in 1398, the hotel has retained a lot of its period features, which makes this hotel a beautiful place to stay. It is also a 25 minute drive to Stanstead airport.
- Wash Farm
- Halstead Antiques Centre
- Broaks Wood
- Gosfield Lake Golf Club
- Essex Pottery Studio
Need a Locksmith in Halstead?
When moving into a new home changing the locks is vital as you never know how many keys are out there and risk the keys falling into the wrong hands. Arrange for a Halstead Locksmith to come and fit a new lock the day you get your keys to provide you with peace of mind. We at Keytek® Locksmiths Halstead provide a professional local mobile Locksmith service complying with British Standard and Home Insurance policies to ensure your home is as secure as can be! What’s more is all our customers benefit from a FREE home security check on site to ensure your home is as secure as can be!
There are many other things you need to consider when moving home so check out our Moving Home Checklist to help you along the way! Once your in consider improving the security of your home further still by checking out our Ultimate Guide to Home Security here!
View our Keytek® Locksmiths Halstead page to find your local Locksmith today or call us on 0131 297 2081!