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Shop Closures and Changes in Basildon Town Centre
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Town SquareEast Walk Market SquareEastgate
East SquareSouth Walk Market PavementWestgate
Nether PriorsSouth Gunnels FodderwickSouthernhay
Great Oaks   North Gunnels   High Pavement

Southernhay

Southernhay was the first completed road in the designated area that became the town centre. It was formally opened in June 1957 by the Duke & Duchess of Gloucester. This, and the Roundacre roundabout becoming operational from 1958, enabled a through bus service for the first time between Laindon and Pitsea with buses stopping in Basildon at a new bus station in South Walk.

The first shop units in Southernhay were completed in 1959. Nine residential maisonettes in blocks of three were also built above shop units 59, 69 and 79.

In the late 1970s a large part of Southernhay was closed to traffic and the road realigned to run parallel with the railway. Traffic began using the new realignment from 25/02/1980. This was to allow construction of phase one of Eastgate and the later phase two project part of which was built over the former road. The Nether Priors junction with Southernhay was also removed and the road shortened as part of phase one. Another development taking shape at the eastern end of the town was the construction of a Toys "R" Us store and this in conjunction with phase one lead to the remaining roadway directly in front of the shop units being paved. The zebra crossing in front of East Walk was no longer needed and Long Riding was also shortened from its former junction with Southernhay to a new roundabout constructed further east which linked in with the new realignment.

As a point of interest the land on which Toys R Us was built in the 1980s had years earlier been chosen for the towns' cinema which was earmarked to open sometime in the early 1960s. The plans were later changed and the cinema eventually opened in 1971 in Great Oaks.

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

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Odd Numbers Southernhay
Unit NumberShop Name BusinessOpen
approx
Closed
approx
6C.E. Wignall (also 17-19 Market Square)
Refuge Assurance
Bookmakers
Life insurance & pensions
/10/1962
--
--
--
6aBasildon Staff Bureau (relocated: 59 Southernhay)Staff Agency (1st floor) 03/12/1962Post-1968
8Gainsborough
Music City
National Schoolwear Centres
Ladies Hairdressers
Musical Instruments & Equipment
Schoolwear
/09/1963
2002
2000s
1980s
--
2010s
10Pearl Assurance
Basildon Standard
Basildon Standard Recorder
Life insurance & pensions
Office
Office
--
/07/1965
--
--
--
--
12Jessop'sD.I.Y. Centre 1970--
14J & A Fleming
H.F.C. Bank
Beneficial Finance
Textile Manufactures
Bank
Financial services
1960
--
--
--
--
2000s
16-20Taylors Furnishing Stores (relocated: 28-32 East Walk)
Midland Bank renamed HSBC 1999
HSBC (relocated: 33 Town Square)
Fishy Friends Aquatics (relocated: 73 Southernhay)
Furniture
Bank
Bank
Aquatic products
/02/1959
c.1966
1999
2000s
c.1966
1999
--
2000s
22Forster's For Fashion
D.J. Discombe
Alliance (relocated: 37 East Walk as Alliance & Leicester)
Cartoon Shop (relocated: 63 Southernhay)
Menswear & Wedding Attire
Bespoke Tailor (initially 1st floor only)
Building Society
Face Masks, Comics, etc.
/02/1961
/10/1967
--
1995
/10/1968
--
--
--
24Williams Deacon's (merged: Williams & Glyn's (1970))
Williams & Glyn's (merged: Royal Bank of Scotland (1985))
Bank
Bank
/05/1959
1970
1970
1985
26Leornard Ashley & Co-- ----
28Stanwood Radio
Abbey National (relocated: 47 East Walk)
Dedman Property Services
T.V., Electrical + 1st floor showroom
Building Society
Estate Agents
/09/1959
--
--
1970s
--
2000s
30Midland Bank (relocated: 16-20 Southernhay)
H.T. Dwyer (Henry Thomas Dwyer) (3)
Beneficial Finance (relocated: 14 Southernhay)
Griffin Residential
Bank
Newsagent
Financial services
Estate Agents
c./8/1959
--
--
--
c.1966
--
--
2000s
32Stewards
Dolland & Aitchison
Schick
Ghyllgrove Associated Radio Cars
Orange Line Taxis
Newton's - Market Stores (Cheapjaks) (P.F. Larman)
Soundzone Records
Record Shop
Optician
Beauty Salon
Taxis
Taxis
Household goods on two floors
Record Shop
/10/1959
/06/1962
06/09/1969
1970s
c.1974
c.1978
--
1960s
1969
1970s
c.1974
--
1980s
c.2011
34Lockett Carpets
Basildon Carpets
Church & Hawes (relocated: 38 Southernhay)
Carpets
Carpets
Estate Agents
c./02/1969
--
1980s
--
1980s
--
36Leytonia
Quality Carpet Co.
Bernard Rae
Baccus
Spicer McColl
Household Electrical, Radios, Records
Carpets
Gentlemen's Outfitters
Menswear
Estate Agents
/06/1964
/05/1966
--
1979
--
19/06/1965
--
--
--
2000s
38Bernard Rae
Godfrey Photographics
Halifax (relocated: 32 East Walk)
Premier Homes
Church & Hawes
Hunt Roche
Gentlemen's Outfitters
Photographics
Building Society
Estate Agents
Estate Agents
Estate Agents
/11/1961
1980s
--
--
--
2000s
--
--
--
2000s
2000s
2010s
40Bernard Rae
Godfrey Photographics
Halifax (relocated: 32 East Walk)
Premier Homes
Church & Hawes
Hunt Roche
Gentlemen's Outfitters
Photographics
Building Society
Estate Agents
Estate Agents
Estate Agents
/02/1964
1980s
--
--
2000s
2000s
1980s
--
--
2000s
2000s
2010s
42Frederic
Downtown Discount Records & Tapes
Hilbery Chaplin
Ladies Hairstylist
Records & Tapes & 1980s - Video Hire (Betamax/VHS)
Estate Agents
1963
08/07/1974
c.1987
1970s
c.1986
c.1990s
44Wash Dry CleanLaunderette ----
46WoolwichBuilding Society ----
--Early Learning Centre (relocated: 16 Eastgate Centre)Children's Store ----
48Fantasy Y-ShoesShoes & Clothes (Eastgate Centre) 1980s1990s
PrefabMidland Bank (relocated: 30 Southernhay)Bank (Situated adjacent to then incompleted South Walk shops) 1959c./08/1959
PrefabBarclays Bank (relocated: 2 East Walk)Bank (Situated adjacent to then incompleted South Walk shops) /07/195917/04/1961
 The Bulls EyePublic House (Cope's Taverns, Charrington's)
Mr. Toby's Carvery (Upstairs from 1970s)
11/08/19651980s
 JJB SportsSportswear and sport equipment 1990sc.2007
Hooper HouseHooper HomesEstate Agents c.1985c.1990s
51Barney's of Cambridge (Barney Masman)
Quirk Deakin
Fashionwear
Estate Agents
04/03/1960
--
--
2000s
53Gina Murray
Barron The Friendly Salon
Carpet Flair
Hairdressers
Ladies Hairstylists
Carpets
07/03/1960
1969
--
--
--
--
55Sombrero
Lotus
Chinese Restaurant
Chinese Restaurant
1961
/08/1967
--
--
57J.W. Hawkes (Rouffe)
Basildon Sports
Essex Sports
Fruiterer & Greengrocer
Sports Clothing & Equipment
Sports Clothing & Equipment
c.1961
/03/1966
1970s
c.1966
1970s
--
59French and Moon
David Sames
Basildon Staff Bureau
J.L. Dowdeswell
Abbotts (relocated: 53 Southernhay)
Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC)
Chemist
Chemist & Perfumery
Employment Agency
Opticians
Estate Agents
Restaurant/takeaway (Unit merged with 61)
1962
/08/1964
--
1963
1983
c.1988
1960s
c./06/1969
--
c.1980s
c.1988
19/05/2012
61Howard's Dairies
Kibby's
Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC)
Dairy Produce
Supermarket
Restaurant/takeaway (unit later merged with 59)
/10/1960
1970
/02/1971
--
c.1971
19/05/2012
63Dents
The Boys From Rathbone Street (relocated: East Walk)
The Cartoon Shop (relocated: 19 East Square)
Newsagent (sub office Basildon Rec.)
Cards
Face Masks, Comics, Collectables & Memorabilia
1960
1980s
2000s
1970s
--
2000s
65The Cellar - Galleon Wine
Tandy
Off Licence
Hi.Fi & Electronic Equipment
/01/1960
1980s
--
1990s
67Bird's
Suzi's Hats & Wigs
High Fashions
D.I.Y. Centre
Hats and Wigs
Ladies Fashionwear
/12/1959
c.1983
18/05/1984
1983
c./04/1984
--
69Bird's
High Fashions
Weatherseal Holdings
Supreme O Glaze
D.I.Y. Centre
Ladies Fashionwear
Double glazing & conservatories
Double glazing & conservatories
/12/1959
18/05/1984
2000s
2000s
1984
--
2000s
2000s
71Ffordes Photographic
Marc Jason
Photography
Shoe Shop
21/05/1960
--
--
2000s
73Handicraft
Kinkaid Discount Jewellery
China World
Fishy Friends Aquatics
Wool & Haberdashery
Jewellers
Art & Crafts
Aquatic products
1962
--
--
2000s
--
--
2000s
2011
75Kingstons
Phelps & Partners
Dial Basildon
Butchers
Estate Agents
Disability charity shop
30/04/1963
--
--
--
--
21/04/2017
77Elton Cleaners Ltd
Woolwich (relocated: 46 Southernhay)
Dry Cleaners
Building Society
/03/1960
--
--
--
79Welwoods
Baby Fayre
Playbox 2000
Motorist Discount Centre
Quid Saver
Bath & Shower Warehouse
Furniture Manufacturers
Baby Clothes
Toys
Car Accessories
Discount Store
Baths
15/10/1960
/08/1967
--
--
--
--
--
c.1969
--
--
--
2000s
81L and B Scooters
K.A. Nichol (Kenneth Nichol)
Aquatic and Pet Shop (Ray Hyland)
Lambretts & Vespa dealer
Jewellers
Pet Shop
c./06/1960
/10/1962
03/11/1984
1962
1980s
19/03/2011
83Basildon Recorder (relocated: 10 Southernhay)
Recorder Office Equipment Co.
Aquatic & Pet Shop (Ray Hyland) (later merged with 81 Southernhay)
Westminster Youth Trust
Newspaper Office
Printers
Pet Shop
Charity shop
/02/1961
1960s
c.1970
--
--
--
--
1990s
85Sun LuckChinese Restaurant 1963--
--Westminster BankBank /05/1959--
--Rockfords DinerRestaurant ----
--Brentford Nylons-- ----
--Hilbery ChaplinEstate Agents c.1988--
--S.M.A.C. Southend Motor & Aero Co.
SMAC Group
Lookers
Motor Market
Mobil Service Station & Car Showroom, B.M.C. dealer, Unipart accessories
Austin Rover dealer c.1988 service and parts operation moved to Unit 6-7 Heronsgate, Paycocke Road, Nevendon.
Car Sales
23/06/1962
1980s
1989
c.1990s
1980s
1989
1990s
c.2000
129-131Ambassador Bowl
Basildon Bowl
Coral Bingo (merged with Granada Social Clubs 1991 becoming Gala during 1990s.)
26 Lane Bowling Alley
10 Lane Bowling Alley
Bingo
/02/1962
1975
1975
/06/1975
13/05/1985
1990s
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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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