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Dunton Hills Estate: Hillcrest Avenue


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Hawthorn, Hillcrest Avenue, Dunton Hawthorn, Hillcrest Avenue, Dunton Anderson Shelter, Hawthorn, Hillcrest Avenue, Dunton
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Location: Hillcrest Avenue
Photographer: Bix
Year of photo: 28/10/2005
Copyright: Basildon History Online
Comments: The ruins of Hawthorn, built in 1930 and home to the Burke family from 1932 to 1983.
Location: Hillcrest Avenue
Photographer: Bix
Year of photo: 28/10/2005
Copyright: basildon History Online
Comments: The ruins of Hawthorn, built in the 1930s and home to the Burke family from 1932 to 1983.
Location: Hillcrest Avenue
Photographer: Bix
Year of photo: 28/10/2005
Copyright: Basildon History Online
Comments: Anderson air raid shelter in the garden of Hawthorn.
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Hillcrest Avenue as its name implies, is the highest point on the Dunton Hills estate. Formed originally as a continuation of Glenwood Gardens, it traverses all four avenues and was once populated with over 30 dwellings of different shapes and sizes.

The last residential property was Hawthorn, built in the 1930s and occupied by the Burke family through to the early 1980s. It was then occupied by the nature reserve's warden until new accomdation was provided in Third Avenue in the 1990s. Hawthorn was demolished soon after but its remains can still be seen today.

Hillcrest Avenue is now shorter as following demolition of the last properties beyond Fourth Avenue, the eastern end has been allowed to become dense woodland.

Page added: 2006
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Text researched and written 2006.
Copyright © 2006, B. Cox - Basildon History Online. All rights reserved.

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