BRENTWOOD People are fond of Brentwood because of its traditional high street with independent shops, monthly farmers’ and craft markets and its convenient position. It is on Junction 28 of the M25, yet within walking distance of fields, woods and the lakes of Thorndon Park. It exudes a sense of wealth, even among the young. Ford and British Telecom have a strong presence as employers; Ford once owned a lot of property, which has now been sold off. Modern estates have been grafted on to gracious Victorian terraces and Thirties’ cul-de-sacs. In The Homesteads, for instance, mansion-sized houses are packed as tight as country cottages to create a feeling of village intimacy. A four-bedroom property here would cost £700,000 to £975,000. Brentwood’s adult population empties into London every weekday, though many of them opt to catch the train at Shenfield.