In July 1910, the weather was so unseasonably cold, as low as 10C, that the local newspaper reported that the people of Brentwood were wearing winter clothes. On 14th June 1977, the weather brought storms in Essex and the fire brigade received more that 400 separate calls for assistance due to flooding and fires. Unfortunately, things were made even more difficult by the weather when one of the building that suffered a lightning strike was the Fire Brigade Headquarters in Brentwood.
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It is likely that the earliest settlement on the site of what is now Brentwood dates back to Saxon times. On many of the older maps Brentwood appears as ‘Burnt Wood’, probably referring to the fact that much of Essex was once covered by the Great Forest and the settlement was likely a centre of charcoal burning. Brentwood became prosperous in the 12th and 13th century as a stopover for pilgrims on their way to Canterbury to visit the tomb of St Thomas a Beckett. Whilst Brentwood serves as a commuter town for London it is also the location of the headquarters of Sir Alan Sugar's company, Amstrad. Brentwood is renowned as a centre of excellence for British trampolining and in 2008 was the 19th richest town in the UK according to the listings in The Daily Telegraph.
Brentwood has a wide variety of celebrities and sports personalities who have links with it. Among the sports men and women who come from Brentwood are Sir Trevor Brooking (football), Frank Bruno (boxing), Fatima Whitbread (athletics) and Steve Davis (snooker). Douglas Adams, the writer of The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, also comes from Brentwood as do comedian and presenter Griff Rhys Jones.