Heybridge has a number of residential areas, most recognisably the newer Bovis housing estates to the west of the town, which were built in 1995. Before building commenced, a full archaealogical dig was undertaken and the excavations showed the existence of an important Iron Age settlement and ritual complex, a large Roman settlement and a succeeding Saxon settlement, as well as scattered pre-historic remains. Along the Goldhanger road are situated a number of traditional British holiday campsites, catering for both permanent residents and visitors.
The final stage of the Chelmer and Blackwater Navigation Canal runs from Beeleigh through Heybridge and terminates at Heybridge Basin. This stage of the canal required much planning and work at its inception, as a constant running water supply was needed to the two mills nearby, in Langford and Heybridge. This was achieved through the diversion of the river Blackwater and extenisve works around the Beeliegh locks. The Chelmer and Blackwater Navigation Canal was originally used to transport coal & wood to the inland town of Chelmsford, as the road route via Danbury crests the highest hill in Essex. The canal was used for this purpose until the late 70's. Today it is mainly used for pleasure boats and fishing.
(Sorry old basin sites web pages are no longer active!)
Callander ignites Swifts' win ; HEYBRIDGE SWIFTS Ryman League Division One North AFCSudbury ..........1 Heybridge Swifts . . . . . . . . 4
May 03, 2012; SWIFTS rounded off the season in emphatic style against some familiar faces, plundering four goals for the fifth time this season...