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Shop Closures and Changes in Basildon Town Centre
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East Walk

The first shop units in East Walk were completed in 1958. These were blocks E1 and E2. One of the first shops to open in November was a High Road, Vange business called Stewards, selling electrical goods and toys. This was at No.47 in a block built for the Freedom Development Company.

A large block numbered 2-20 (Block I) was under construction during 1960 and when completed was named Waterloo House. Barclays Bank were an early occupant moving in in April 1961 and remaining there until August 2012. The western side of the Waterloo House block was numbered 1 - 7 (odd) and called South Gunnels. The remaining block, known as Block F1 and numbered 28 to 62, was completed in early 1962 with Leaders Fashions being one of the first to open in March.

Sometime in the early 2000s units 1 and 3, which were half the width of the other units, were merged to form a single unit numbered 1-3.

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

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Even Numbers East Walk
Unit NumberShop Name BusinessOpen
approx
Closed
approx
1Achille Serre
The Card Centre
Dollond & Aitchison (D&A The Opticians) (relocated: 25 Town Square within Boots)
Mr Simms Olde Sweet Shoppe
Dry Cleaners
Greetings Cards
Opticians (unit merged with No.3)
Sweet shop (unit merged with No.3)
/01/1960
1969
--
2011
1960s
--
22/11/2010
2015
3J.W. Adams
Hudson Verity
Wigmores
Dollond & Aitchison (D&A The Opticians) (relocated: 25 Town Square within Boots)
Mr Simms Olde Sweet Shoppe
Opticians
Opticians
Dispencing Opticians
Opticians (unit merged with No.1)
Sweet shop (unit merged with No.3)
/01/1960
/03/1969
1970s
--
2011
/03/1969
--
1980s
22/11/2010
2015
5Stone-Dri - Direct Raincoat Co.
Havecards Ltd
Cheltenham & Gloucester (C&G)
Male/Female/Children's Fashionwear
Greetings cards
Building Society
23/12/1960
1980s
--
--
--
c.2011
7Gaiety Fashions
Levy's of Stratford
Bankrupt Stock Clearance
Byrites (relocated: 33-34 Eastgate Centre as Mister Byrite)
Papertalk
Ladies Fashionwear
Clothes
General goods
Menswear
Gift Shop
1960
/08/1962
1960s
c./04/1969
--
--
--
--
c.1985
2010s
9Nigels Stores
Stylo (Barratt)
Teenage & Children's Fashion Shop
Shoes
/06/1960
--
--
--
11Austin The TailorTailor /02/1959--
13Lloyds
Lloyds TSB (relocated: 10-20 Town Square)
Bank
Bank
/03/1959
1980s
1980s
--
15Rumbelows
Dowdall & Jordan
Gallery Gifts
Radio & Television
Furniture Discount Warehouse
Gift shop
1965
1970s
1980s
1970s
--
--
17-19Wrights (S.L. Wright)
Neils Furnishers
H.W. Stone
Discount Master
Furniture Stockists
Furniture & Carpets
Domestic Appliances
Home Furnishings
1959
1970
1970s
1980s
--
1970s
c.1980s
1990s
21Freeman Hardy Willis
Scott Taylor Ltd.
Shoe Shop
Jewellers
/03/1959
1990s
--
2010s
23Burney's
Maytime
Sharps
Household Linen & Soft Furnishing
Household Linen & Soft Furnishing
Fitted Bedrooms
/04/1959
1970s
1980s
1970s
1980s
--
25Barringtons
Dixons (relocated: 19 Town Square)
Soundzone Records (relocated: 32 Southernhay)
A.W. Rust
Chitter Chatter
Tailor
T.V. & Hi.Fi
Records
Leatherware
Mobile Phone Supplier
27/02/1959
c.1974
--
--
/01/2012
--
1980s
--
--
/12/2013
27Edmund R. Goodrich (relocated: 58 East Walk)Domestic Stores /02/1961/03/1970
29Keith Royle
Westminster Bank (Merged with National Provincial Bank 1/1/1970 becoming National Westminster Bank)
Carpets & Lino
Bank
15/01/1959
1960s
--
31/12/1969
31Harry FentonMenswear /08/1959--
33Harry Fenton
Godfrey Photographics (relocated: 28-32 East Walk)
Basildon Hearing Aid Centre (relocated: 28 East Walk)
K Shoe Shop
The Fabric Factory
Menswear
Photography, Studio 33 From 1969
Hearing Aids
Shoe Shop
Wools/Fabrics
/08/1959
/11/1967
--
13/04/1973
--
--
/11/1972
/11/1972
--
2000s
35M.D. Godfrey The Chemist (relocated: 28-32 East Walk)
K Shoe Shop
Branded Shoe Shop
The Fabric Factory
Chemist, 1st Floor Photographics
Shoe Shop
Shoe Shop
Wools/Fabrics
/10/1960
13/04/1973
c.1980s
--
/11/1972
--
--
2000s
37Gowers & Son
Barton's
Tooks
Alliance & Leicester (rebranded: Santander (2010))
Santander
Baker & Restaurant
Bakery
Bakers
Building Society (Bank from 1997)
Bank
/11/1960
1963
1980s
--
28/05/2010
--
1980s
1980s
28/05/2010
2014
39John Manson
Weston Opticians
Butchers & Poultry
Opticians
1961
--
c.1970
2015
41Raymond Warr
Seafare (& at 16 South Walk)
Greengrocer, Fruiterer & Florist
Restaurant & Fish Bar
/02/1960
c./11/1966
1966
c.1990s
43Garons
Moores Stores
Superdrug (relocated: 30 Town Square & 10 Eastgate Centre)
Home Curtains & Bedding
Caterers & Upper Restaurant
Supermarket
Various
Curtains and Bedding
18/02/1960
c.1976
--
--
1970s
--
--
2013
45Garons
Moores Stores
Superdrug (relocated: 30 Town Square & 10 Eastgate Centre)
Home Curtains & Bedding
Bakers & Upper Restaurant
Supermarket
Various
Curtains and Bedding
18/02/1960
c.1976
--
--
1970s
--
--
2013
47Stewards
Mothercare (relocated: 21 Eastgate Centre)
The Bike Shop
Abbey National
Abbey (rebranded: Santander (2010))
Prams, toys, t.v., records, tape rec., radio
Babycare
Cycles
Building Society
Bank
26/11/1958
/06/1965
c.1984
c.1988
/09/2003
1965
c.1980
c.1987
/09/2003
10/01/2010
2Barclays Bank (relocated: 19 Town Square - 06/08/2012)Bank 17/04/196103/08/2012
4Shepherd's Restaurant
Red Lion
How Wah
Barclays Bank
Restaurant
Licensed Chinese Restaurant
Licensed Chinese Restaurant
Bank
1961
/12/1963
1964
1970s
1963
1964
1970s
03/08/2012
6Timpson Shoes
Shoe Zone (relocated: 78-80 Town Square)
Shoe Shop
Shoe Shop
1961
--
--
?03/2014
8-10Alex Super Stores
Charles Phillips Foodtown
Tesco (relocated: Great Oaks)
The Carpet Warehouse
Topshop Topman - closed briefly, reopened
Premiere Music (relocated: East Walk)
Topshop Topman (relocated: 24-25 Eastgate Centre)
Supermarket
Supermarket
Supermarket
Carpets
Clothes
DVDs, CDs & Books
Clothes
/01/1961
c.1963
/07/1965
--
--
2000s
--
c.1963
c.1965
/11/1971
--
05/08/2000
2000s
2011
12Civic Stores Ltd
The Oven Door
Fiaras Coffee Lounge
Gamestation
T.V. Radio & Electrical
Bakers
Diner
Video games
1961
c.1975
--
--
c.1975
2000s
--
2010s
14-20Bermans - The Children's Store
Wimpy Bar
Burger King
Clothes & 1st Floor Toyshop, Scalextric & Triang-Hornby dealer
Counter service unit
Restaurant & take-away
/12/1961
c.1982
--
c.1982
--
2011
28Leaders Fashions (A Debenham Store)
L.F. Stone & Sons T/A: Stones
Taylors Furnishing Stores (relocated: 3-5 Town Square)
Godfrey The Chemist/Photographics
Basildon Hearing Aid Centre
Christmas Store (Temporary)
Ladies Fashionwear
Ladies Fashionwear
Furniture
Chemist/Hi-fi/1st Floor Studio 33, Video Hire
Hearing Aids
Xmas decorations, lights, trees
22/03/1962
/07/1964
/07/1966
/11/1972
/11/1972
1990s
--
--
c./08/1972
1990s
--
1990s
30Leaders Fashions (A Debenham Store)
Taylors Furnishing Stores (relocated: 3-5 Town Square)
Godfrey The Chemist/Photographics
Christmas Store (Temporary)
Ladies Fashionwear
Furniture
Chemist/Hi-fi/1st Floor Studio 33, Video Hire
Xmas decorations, lights, trees
22/03/1962
/07/1966
/11/1972
1990s
--
c./08/1972
1990s
1990s
32Leaders Fashions (A Debenham Store)
Taylors Furnishing Stores (relocated: 3-5 Town Square)
Godfrey The Chemist/Photographics
Christmas Store (Temporary)
Ladies Fashionwear
Furniture
Chemist/Hi-fi/1st Floor Studio 33, Video Hire
Xmas decorations, lights, trees
22/03/1962
/07/1966
/11/1972
1990s
--
c./08/1972
1990s
1990s
34Manfield
Mayflower Wools
Shoe Shop
Wool
c./10/1963
--
--
/12/1985
36National Provincial Bank Merged with Westminster Bank in 1970
National Westminster Bank
Leeds Permanent - Merged with Halifax Building Society at 26-32 East Walk
Bank
Bank
Building Society
1960s
01/01/1970
--
31/12/1969
--
--
38Rediffusion
Granada (rebranded: Box Clever & Granada) (relocated: 60 Eastgate Centre)
Travelcare (rebranded: Co-operative Travel (2007))
Co-operative Travel
T.V. Rentals & Sales
T.V. Rentals & Sales
Travel Agency
Travel Agency
/07/1964
1985
--
2007
1985
--
2007
/05/2012
40Eastern Carpet Stores
Zenith Windows
Carpets
Window specialists
/07/1964
1990s
1970s
2000s
42Foster Brothers
Zenith Windows
Menswear
Window specialists
1964
1990s
--
2000s
44Clarks (Peter Lord) (relocated: 30 & 62 Eastgate Centre)Shoe Shop 1965c./09/1985
46Hepworths (rebranded: Next 1985) (relocated: 78-80 Town Square)
Bernard Chapman
Jane Marie Florists
Tailors
Florist
Florist
1960s
1990s
2000s
1985
2000s
2000s
48Bellmans Wools
Harry Fenton
Lunn Poly
Thomson
Wools/Schoolwear
Menswear
Travel Agency
Travel Agency
c./9/1968
--
--
--
1970s
--
--
2000s
50Hadlands (Sankeys)
Bambers
The Price Slasher
Rosebys
Paints, Wallpapers
Fashion Store
Discount furniture
Soft furnishings
--
c.1979
/04/1984
--
--
--
--
--
52Sketchley Cleaners
Bambers
The Price Slasher
Rosebys
Dry Cleaners
Fashion Stores
Discount Furniture
Soft furnishings
--
c.1979
/04/1984
--
1970s
--
--
54Willerby
Top Footwear For Men
Rug World
Empty unit
Tailors
Shoe Shop
Rugs
--
--
1980s
--
2006
--
--
2006
2012
56Lillie and Skinner
Sweetie
H.F.C. Bank
Household Bank
Beneficial Finance
Shoe Shop
Newsagents/Sweets/Tobacconist
Bank
Bank
Financial services
--
/11/1985
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
c.2010
58E.R. Goodrich
Vernon Collard - added 60 East Walk
Home Cinema Stores
Hardwear Stores
Electrical goods & Hi-Fi
Electrical goods, Sony Euronics centre
c./10/1962
1990s
2000s
c.1969
--
2012
60Starr Fashions
Godfrey
Harris
Vernon Collard
Home Cinema Stores
Ladies' & Children's Clothing
Jewellers
Jewellers
Electrical goods & Hi-Fi
Electrical goods, Sony Euronics centre
/12/1964
/03/1970
--
--
2000s
--
--
--
--
2012
62Derwent
Bennetts
T.V. Rentals, 1980s-Video Hire
T.V., Hi-Fi
/12/1965
--
c.1985
--
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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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