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Shop Closures and Changes in Basildon Town Centre
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South Walk

The twenty units comprising South Walk were under construction during 1959 in a development that would also include a large function hall. The entire construction was given the name Blenheim House and a large stone, laid by Mrs Walter Flack on April 29th 1960 at the eastern end, commemorates the development on behalf of the Murryfield Real Estate Company.

The first phase, which included units 1-4 and the function hall, was completed in 1959 before work had begun on the remaining units. Some of the first traders to occupy these began opening around September 1959 and these included the Welcome Sewing Centre and a florist called James Bews. The function hall eventually opened in March 1961 as a Locarno Ballrom run by entertainment group Mecca and given a Market Pavement address. Phase II comprising units 5 to 20 commenced in 1959 and was completed the following year.

Interestingly preparation for phase two involved the removal of a large "Basildon Town Centre Site" signboard first erected in 1956 to promote the town from passing trains. Another feature of phase II was a 13 foot high mural by the artist William Gordon. The mosaic was created from hundreds of ceramic tiles forming abstract patterns above the full length of units 5-20, a distance of 314 feet (96 metres). In the early 1990s this was either replaced or covered by a second mural in the form of a Timeline covering the years 412 to 1949, the year that Basildon became a new town. Either mural, both being the same length, was in the case of the first and is in the case of the second, considered to be one of the longest in the country.

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

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South Walk
Unit NumberShop Name BusinessOpen
approx
Closed
approx
1Smith's Furniture Shop (P.G. Smith)
Marc Jasons Shoeworld
Furniture
Footwear
1960s
c.2003
c.1980s
2010s
2James H. Bews
F.E.J. Green & Sons
Florist
Funeral Furnishers
/10/1959
c.1961
1990s
--
3H.T. Dwyer (Henry Thomas Dwyer)
Newswell
Newsagents & Toys
Newsagents & Toys
1960
--
--
--
4Welcome Sewing Centre
Newswell
E & M Fashions
Toys Plus
Weddingday Belles
Needlecraft
Newsagents & Toys
Ladies Fashions
Toys
Wedding Attire
/09/1959
--
--
--
--
--
--
c.1993
--
/05/2008
5No change of business since first let (c.1960)
(Business originally opened as Wimpy Bar,
later dropped "Bar" from title c.1990s)
    
6Gertrude Fashion House
Millie's
Sarah Paul
Ladies Fashionwear
Ladies Fashionwear, Bridal Wear
Ladies Fashionwear, Bridal Wear
02/12/1960
1965
1970s
c.1965
1970s
--
7Lush and Cook
2 Hour Cleaners
Smith's (James Smith & Sons)
Dry Cleaners
Dry Cleaners
Dry Cleaners
24/03/1961
1960s
1960s
1960s
1960s
1980s
8-9Radio Maintenance
Rumbelows
Home Charm
Smith's Butchers - The Meat Man
Wise Butchers
Meat Master
T.V. & Domestic Appliances
T.V. & Domestic Appliances
Home Decoration
Butcher
Butcher
Butcher & Greengrocers
/03/1962
1967
--
c.1990s
2000s
2000s
1967
--
--
2000s
/02/2008
2012
10Basildon Surplus Supplies
Shop Here & Save (Foyle Bros.)
Peachey's Fresh Fare
Smoke Mart
Camping Equip., Industrial Wear
Poultry & Eggs
Fruiterers & Greengrocers
Newsagents
24/03/1961
/08/1963
--
1990s
--
--
--
2000s
11Exchange Travel Agency
Hogg Robinson Travel
Travel Agency
Travel Agency
14/10/1961
1980s
1980s
--
12H.T. Dwyer (Henry Thomas Dwyer)
Nu-Bake
Basildon Toy & Nursery Centre
Zodiac
Beau Baggage
Toy, Cycle & Nursery Centre
Bakers
Toys & Baby items
Toys, Hornby Train Sets
High Fashion Accessories
/12/1960
1963
1967
c./06/1969
1988
1960s
1960s
c.1969
c.1988
--
13H.T. Dwyer (Henry Thomas Dwyer)
Basildon Toy & Nursery Centre
Zodiac
Beau Baggage
Toy, Cycle & Nursery Centre
Toys & Baby items
Toys, Hornby Train Sets
High Fashion Accessories
/12/1960
1967
c./06/1969
1988
1960s
c.1969
c.1988
--
14Phillips Hair Fashions
Waxham
Partners Hairdressing
Pets & Aquatic
Hairdresser
Ladies' & Gents Hairdresser
Hairdresser
Pet Shop
28/11/1960
/08/1967
1980s
--
--
1980s
--
--
15Betabake
Barton
Shoe Crazy
Bakers
Bakers
Shoe Shop
1960s
c.1974
--
c.1974
c.1980s
2000s
16-18Seafarer
Chariots
Chip Shop & Restaurant
Chip Shop & Restaurant
1964
1980s
1980s
--
19Cornish & Watson
M.J. Revell
Carpets & Bedding
Optician
1966
1980s
--
--
20John Creed
SupaSnaps
Decorations
Film Processors
/03/1962
1990s
--
1990s
??Barra BoyGreengrocers c.1980s--
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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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