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Nether PriorsSouth Gunnels FodderwickSouthernhay
Great Oaks   North Gunnels   High Pavement

Great Oaks

Work on the construction of Great Oaks began in the mid 1950s with a short length at what would become the eastern end of the town centre. This short section was also notable as being the first, though then incomplete, road constructed within the town centre area.

The road in its original length ran from a junction with Southernhay through a short curve and continuing in a straight line to a left hand junction with Pagel Mead, (then a short link road to Towngate built in a direct line with unit 26-28 Town Square). In the 1960s, and after St. Martin's church had been completed, Great Oaks was lengthened and a new Pagel Mead was built on the western side of the church.

Marks and Spencer and Church Walk House buildings, opened in the 1970s, now cover the original Pagel Mead road. Great Oaks was later lengthened with a new right curve to a junction with Broadmayne and Pagel Mead was closed to through traffic and later mostly paved when the Belltower was constructed in 1999. Two short links with Broadmayne (Little Oaks and Linkway) were also constructed. Traffic flow of the entire length is one way.

All three emergency services and a clinic have been based at Great Oaks since the 1960s. There is also the town's oldest car park, the former cinema building, a multi-storey car park, Acorn House, magistrates court (opened in 1990) and a large retail unit built on the site of Great Oaks service station.

High Pavement

The Block S development of the early 1970s included a number of leisure amenities accessible either by stairway or escalator from Town Square or from the top level of the Great Oaks multi-storey car park. This area was named High Pavement.

Text researched and written by William Cox, 2012.
Copyright © 2012, B. Cox - Basildon History Online. All rights reserved.

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High Pavement Great Oaks
Unit NumberShop Name BusinessOpen
approx
Closed
approx
Holmes & Smith - Great Oaks Service Station
Ecta Motors Ltd.
Central Car Sales (relocated: A127, Kent Elms Corner)
Petrol & Rootes Group dealer (Hillman, Humber, Chrysler)
Volkswagon & Audi commercial agents, vehicle servicing
Second hand car dealers
07/01/1963
c.1980s
1995
--
c.1993
c.1996
Office WorldStationery & Office Furniture /11/1997--
TescoSupermarket23/11/1971c.1983
Liberty Shopping Hall/05/19841990s
--
--
--
--
7-12
--
--
--
--
20
27
33
36
37
46-49
50
51
 
52
74 & 77
--
--
--
78
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
99
M.J's Music
Matthew Champney
The Crystal Garden
Lock-Out (Andy Cutler)
St. Lukes Hospice
Collectables
Cafe
Second hand records
Bubbles
Just Jeans
Dried Flowers
Sun Flair
KTP Kitchens To Please
Sun Flair
Just Weddings
Del's Music (Del Davies)
Del's Music (Del Davies)
C Fashion Jewellery
Del's Music (Del Davies)
Mansworld
Steve Taylor
Home Art Sales
Software Plus
Basildon Software Centre
Ladies Fashion Shoes
Basildon Reproduction Centre
Pete's Paint & Paper
Perfect Timing
The Model Shop
Gaggle of Games
Nirvana
Pen & Ink
Cycle Shop
Rods, Tackle & Sports
Reynolds
Barram Jewellers
Paragon Electronics
The Draper's House
Townsend Florist
Music
Photographic specialist
Clairvoyant, Tarot, Astrology
Locksmiths
Second hand goods
Banknotes, etc
Cafe
Records
Printed T. Shirts to order
Jeans & Sweat Shirts
Pot Pourri, exotic basketwear
Swim Wear, shorts & Beach Wear
Fitted kitchen, bathroom & bedrooms
Swim Wear, shorts & Beach Wear
Bridal Accessories
Music
Music
Jewellery for women
Music
Menswear
Tattooist & Piercing
Oil paintings, posters, picture frames
Computer software, games & video
Computer Software
Shoes, handbags & sportsbags
Reproduction furniture & French Polishing
Wallpapers & Paint
Watches & Lighters
Airfix, Hornby, Skateboards
Games
Second Hand
Writing Accessories
Cycles
Fishing Equipment
Clothes
Jewellery
Electronic Specialists
Curtains and Linens
Flowers for all occasions
1991
1990s
1980s
1980s
1986
Pre-1995
1980s
1980s
1980s
1980s
1987
1980s
1988
1980s
1988
1984
1984
1980s
1980s
1984
1980s
1985
1980s
1984
1980s
1980s
1980s
1980s
1980s
1980s
1980s
1980s
1980s
1980s
1980s
1980s
1980s
c.1984
1980s
1992
1990s
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1980s
1990s
1990s
1990s
1990s
1990s
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1990s
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1992
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1992
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1990s
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1990s
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1990s
M.J's Music (relocated: 19 East Square)
Collectables (relocated: Basildon Market)
St. Lukes Hospice (relocated: 12-13 South Walk)
Townsend Florist (relocated: 11 East Square)
Great OaksHigh Pavement
Unit NumberShop Name BusinessOpen
approx
Closed
approx
3-4The Jackpot Bingo Club
Basildon Bowl and Quasar Centre
Bingo
20 lane bowling and gaming centre
06/07/1972
1990s
--
04/09/2015
5George White Dance Studio
Basildon Centre Pool and Social Club
Adult & Child dance lessons
Pool club
c./08/1972
c.1976
c.1976
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6The Highway
The New Yorker
The Roof Garden
Public House & Restaurant
Public House
The Roof Garden
c.1973
1983
--
1983
--
c.2010
7SweeneysDiscotheque /04/197329/10/1988
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Page added: 2002
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Text researched and written by William Cox, 2002 with revisions and additions 2006-2015.
Copyright © 2002-2015, B. Cox - Basildon History Online. All rights reserved.
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