Of all the things to put on my 33 Before 33 list, visiting a tiny village in Essex with a silly name might seem an odd one. But there is a good reason; one of my favourite bands, Ward Thomas, have a song called A Town Called Ugley, which tells the story of how they once got stuck in Ugley. When my friends and I went to see them last year, we decided to visit Ugley, because it’s not that far away, and take a photo with the sign. Not the coolest way to spend an afternoon, but really, I’m up for doing anything if it involves my best friends!
As expected, ultimately, the trip did just involve parking near the sign, taking a photo, and then not really having much else to do. Ugley isn’t the most exciting place in the world, and though there’s a line in the song that goes “I swear we drove right past the old King’s Head / 25 times or more”, we sadly couldn’t find the old King’s Head. We looked, but the only pub was the Beautiful Ugley Chequers, so we nipped in there for a drink and ended up having a carvery lunch. And very nice it was too!
28. Visit a town called Ugley