Holy Cross Church|
Holy Cross church in Church Road, Basildon.|
On 24th March
1950 the church, along with a number of others in the Basildon area, became a listed building on the
government departments' Ministry of Works list of buildings of historic interest. The church has
since become a Grade II* listed building.
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 once stood
in Rectory Road, Basildon, close to the junction with Church Road. It was demolished around 1960
as the site was required for the Ford Tractor plant which opened in 1964.
|Click the photo for a larger image.|
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.
Copyright © 2005-2006, B. Cox - Basildon History Online. All rights reserved.
Unless otherwise specified, all photographs appearing on the Basildon History website, are the
sole property of Basildon History Online and are protected by copyrights and laws. You may not
modify, copy, reproduce, upload, transmit, republish, post, publicly display,
prepare derivative works based on, or distribute in any way Basildon History's own material
without first receiving written permission. You may download photographs, images and text
provided it is for your own personal non-commercial home use.