Holy Cross Church|
Holy Cross church in Church Road, Basildon.|
Basildon's first Garden of Remembrance was created in the old churchyard. A 600 sq ft lawn with
shrubs in each corner was officially opened on 3rd May, 1970 by Rev. Brian Buxton in a special
service attended by the Chairman of Basildon Council, Fred Champ, M.B.E.
The former Basildon Rectory that once stood in Rectory Road, Basildon, close to the junction with
Church Road. The site was required for the Ford Tractor plant which opened in 1964.
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Rectory Road originally ran between Pipps Hill Road and Gardiners Lane. A small section of the road at the Pipps Hills Road junction was retained and renamed Pipps Hill Close and diverted to open out into Cranes Farm Road. This was still residential up to the early 1970s when the last house was demolished to make way for a new Zoo, which later became the Festival Leisure Hall in the
1980s. In the late 1990s the Festival Leisure Park was created and all traces of the road disappeared. At the Gardiners Lane South exit the road is still evident, though now called
Gardiners Close. Here the road is still residential but could disappear as part of the
Gardiners Lane regeneration scheme.
Text researched and written 2005 with revisions 2005-2006.
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