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Wednesday December 20, 2006 03:19:10 am Email
Name: barrie beaumont
Town/Country: norwich norfolk broads
How I got here: Occasional Visitor
Comments: happy christmas to all who live in basildon t c, and vange and pitsea area plus the areas of corringham and canvey island and stanford le hope, and best wishes for the new year in 2007.
 
Thursday November 23, 2006 17:03:31 pm Email
Name: brian baylis
Town/Country: cambridgeshire
How I got here: Regular Visitor
Comments: I just read Marion Hancock's first part of article, thoroughly enjoyed it and so now looking forward to part 2 of it. Thank You Marion.
It is such a pity, one or two more don't do write-ups like these. I notice there are also some great memories in the book 'Memories of Basildon' that I purchased last week when visting the area.
 
Wednesday November 1, 2006 19:50:21 pm Email
Name: Daniel Bevan
Town/Country: Vange, England
How I got here: Search Engine
Comments: As I have only recently moved to the area I found this site to be interesting, especially the old photos of the local area.
 
Monday October 23, 2006 00:21:19 am My Website Link Email
Name: brian baylis
Town/Country: Cambridgeshire
How I got here: Regular Visitor
Comments: I am very pleased to see the photo's of Whife & Sloper Dairy as Mum and Dad were customers of Whife's when we lived in Tyler Avenue when Brian Whife delivered the milk in a Bedford van and following their father delivering in an old Ford van who I can to this day visualise, then retiring from the business.

Upon moving to Compton Walk in May 1960, we got to know the Sloper family, but if memory serves me right, Whife's still continued to deliver our daily pinta's.
 
Friday October 20, 2006 19:17:16 pm Email
Name: jade king
Town/Country: basildon
How I got here: Search Engine
Comments: hello
im a just wondering about a deserted house in the nevendon bushes ( burnt mills road ) its a boundry house and is very scary i would just like too no about the history of this house and what happened there for it be left please contact me back as i am very curious thankyou ..jade
 
Tuesday October 10, 2006 12:42:28 pm Email
Name: Stacey Knavel
Town/Country: USA
How I got here: Through A Friend
Comments: I have visited Basildon in the past - loved my experiences there! I have a friend who lives there and I have made two trips there. The people are wonderful and I really enjoyed the trips. I would recommend staying and visiting Basildon to anyone traveling to the UK. Thank you for making my visits there a pleasant experience.
 
Saturday September 16, 2006 00:43:32 am Email
Name: Colin Ferrier
Town/Country: Bucks/ Spain
How I got here: Occasional Visitor
Comments: I am an ex member of Basildon Spooks and would like to contact Alan Wickens, Robin Lockart etc.
 
Wednesday September 6, 2006 02:35:36 am  
Name: Barrie Beaumont
Town/Country: Norfolk Broads
How I got here: Occasional Visitor
Comments: On my last visit i neglected to say where i lived in basildon. It was on Honeypot lane the Broadmayne end, Puck Lane when it was just full of woods outside of my front door just up from the old railway bridge, and last but not least Ardleigh off of the knares and Stanway near to the Park that had the big rocket slide in it. Great fun was had in that park also before i moved from Honeypot lane i had great fun playing on the big hill that used to be on the other side of the ghyllgrove rd opposite springfield junior school there was also a big old lake there.
 
Wednesday August 16, 2006 22:22:14 pm  
Name: R Stevens
Town/Country:
How I got here: Regular Visitor
Comments: Nice site! Enjoy the pictures and comprehensive info.
 
Monday July 31, 2006 21:41:48 pm Email
Name: Mick Campbell.
Town/Country: Essex
How I got here: Occasional Visitor
Comments: Hello to anyone who remembers me from woodlands school up to 1961, The Basildon Mecca in the 60's.
 
Sunday July 23, 2006 21:20:09 pm Email
Name: brian baylis
Town/Country: cambridgeshire
How I got here: Regular Visitor
Comments: Thank You very much for the compliments to my article on Laindon in the 50's & 60's Michael. Very nice to see somebody else has enjoyed it.
 
Tuesday July 18, 2006 23:46:29 pm Email
Name: Michael Evans
Town/Country: Toronto, Canada
How I got here: Just Surfed In
Comments: I have just found this site and was fascinated by the recollections of Brian Baylis and his commentary on Laindon in the 50s & 60s. I moved to Laindon in I think 1952 from Tottenham. I was 15 years old and with my family we moved into a house at 4, Ashleaves Ave, which I believe is no longer there. At the time we moved to Laindon I was a Gas Fitter apprentice with the North Thames Gas Board. Our house at that time had gas lighting and because of my job I was able to supply my parents with free gas mantles. Our meeting place in the mornings to pick up our work was at an old blacksmith shop, which was past the "Fortune of War" on the road to Billericay. Although I cannot remember many names of the gas men I worked with, I do remember a Joe Ling who went on to play football for Chelmsford, and Sid Spence who helped out with the electrical requirements of the local drama club. The friends I hung around with at that time was Tony Eakins and Roy "Ticky" Savage, and a few girls who I knew as the Ellis sisters. I was also friends with Freddie Moorecroft, whose parents had a grengrocers in Basildon, and I would occasionally help out at their stall at Basildon Market Place. I spent a lot of time at the Radion, which if memory serves me correctly, ran movies for 3 nights and different ones for the next 3 nights. In 1955, I was called up for National Service. I was demobbed in 1957 after serving some time in Cyprus. In 1961, I joined the Essex Police and was stationed in Chelmsford, when in 1963, together with some colleagues we emigrated to Canada, where I have lived for the past 43 years. I have been married for 42 years to a Canadian girl. We have 3 children and 2 grandchildren. My parents moved to Berry Lane, in Langdon Hills sometime in the 60s.
I have only returned to Laindon 4 times since leaving and was surprised to see the changes. The last time I was their was in 1989. I do remember buying building materials at Churchill Johnsons. I remember that there was a motorcycle mechanic who had a repair shop in the High St. somewhere near the Radion, where I would take my motorbikes for repairs. I thank Brian Baylis for his column, which brought back memories of my teenage years.
 
Wednesday July 5, 2006 12:14:52 pm  
Name: BARRIE BEAUMONT
Town/Country: Norfolk broad
How I got here: Just Surfed In
Comments: i just wanted to see what the old home town looked like now especially as i have not lived in Basildon ever since 1986 but i lived in basildon from 1960 and i had some happy times and some not so happy times but plenty of adventures. i was surprised to see that there are no pictures of my old infants and junior school called springfields which was off honeypot lane next to the underpass going to aquatells hotel also next to the old green hill. also there was no pictures of my old secondary/comprehensive school st nicholas. don't the old pupils from 1970 onwards ever have any reunions like the other secondary school seem to do? I wonder why that is?
 
Wednesday June 21, 2006 23:57:22 pm Email
Name: RAY BEER
Town/Country: BRIDPORT/DORSET
How I got here: Search Engine
Comments: I was in Langdon Hills Sanatorium for the years 1946-1949. Having just found out this I found reading David Alexander's memories enlighting, and brought back some lost memories.
 
Tuesday June 13, 2006 13:53:01 pm Email
Name: Steve Grimsey
Town/Country: cambridge
How I got here: Just Surfed In
Comments: Great site, lots of memories of growing up in basildon, reminded me of somethings i had completely forgotten. My family moved to basildon in 1960 i was 4 years old, we lived in Butneys. I worked in Ffordes photo southernhay for 8 years. I will have a look on a regular basis, any one that knows me send e-mail. I now live in Cambridge.
 
Friday May 26, 2006 13:14:01 pm Email
Name: Sarah Hitchcock
Town/Country: Basildon
How I got here: Search Engine
Comments: What a fantastic site! Found completely by chance but will definately come back from time to time. A wonderfull resource of local information which I'm sure will come in very useful at some stage for my childrens school homework! Thank you.
 
Wednesday May 17, 2006 00:16:09 am My Website Link Email
Name: brian baylis
Town/Country: cambridgeshire
How I got here: Regular Visitor
Comments: I don't know who has the platform ticket from Laindon in the 1960's, but I WISH I had one. I collect almost anything to do with Laindon, let alone railwayana. If anybody is interested, I have a forum on the LT&SR HERE and if you wish, you can join and discuss the EX-Misery line and its History. Any problems, please E-mail me.

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Saturday May 13, 2006 15:39:50 pm My Website Link Email
Name: Ann Stewardson
Town/Country: Stockport, Cheshire
How I got here: Search Engine
Comments: I was born in Billericay Hospital and spent the first 5 years of my live in Basildon. I have a few memories, mainly of lots of ditches at the sides of roads! I remember the shops (set on a hill?). My father was a bricklayer - a common occupation for residents of this New Town I believe.
If anyone remembers me or Ted and Catherine Stewardson - would be great to hear from you.

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Monday April 24, 2006 02:12:23 am Email
Name: Jade
Town/Country: Toronto, Canada
How I got here: Search Engine
Comments: I have really enjoyed looking at all the pics and history of Basildon. I was born and bred in Basildon and Pitsea but emigrated to Canada 3 years ago. I am gonna have fun showing all my friends here where im from LOL.

Thanks for the memories.
 
Sunday April 23, 2006 23:25:32 pm My Website Link Email
Name: brian baylis
Town/Country: cambridgeshire
How I got here: Regular Visitor
Comments: Thank you for the lovely memories of the cafe at 'Fortune of War' Mike, even though you are slightly older than me. I am going Laindon/Basildon area next week. If nobody answers you before, I will try to look them up for you and contact you direct.

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Saturday April 22, 2006 05:24:36 am Email
Name: Mike Fruin
Town/Country: Tasmania, Australia
How I got here: Regular Visitor
Comments: Browsing through the photos, I notice that a few pubs have been demolished. Have Basildonians stopped drinking?
Are the Jolly Friar, Barge, Old Bull and the Railway (station Hotel) still standing?
Mike Fruin
 
Monday April 17, 2006 01:33:40 am Email
Name: Mike Fruin
Town/Country: Tasmania, Australia
How I got here: Regular Visitor
Comments: I had an old Matchless motorbike in 1956 and a group of us used to meet at Bill's Cafe at the Fortune of War Roundabout. He always had a grotty dishcloth that he wiped the bench with and then handed us our cup of tea and a bun - if we were brave enough! He had a room at the back with a Wurlitzer jukebox. I got a painting job on a school in Laindon, I think it was to the left of the main street going from the Fortune. It caught fire when one of the painters was using a blowtorch to remove the old paint! I remember seeing 'Blackboard Jungle' at the Radion in 1956 (Bill Haley's 'Rock around the Clock'). I was also one of Fred Nunn's boxers at the old Berry Lane Hall and then the new place on the main road. Anyone remember Dickie Bird who had a piggery in King Edward Drive and drove stock cars? I believe his wife Rosie had a small shop on the main road.
Mike Fruin
 
Saturday March 25, 2006 22:07:11 pm My Website Link Email
Name: brian baylis
Town/Country: cambridgeshire
How I got here: Regular Visitor
Comments: i love to visit this site for the memories i have of the pictures, to see if any new stories from anybody or anybody i know from schooldays might have signed this book.

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Monday March 20, 2006 01:40:39 am My Website Link Email
Name: Sandie Seward
Town/Country: Pitsea
How I got here: Search Engine
Comments: Very interesting site, I particularly liked the 1930's photo of Pitsea. I would be interested and curious to see some more old pics.
 
Monday March 13, 2006 22:08:21 pm Email
Name: Valerie Kingsley
Town/Country: Essex
How I got here: Through A Friend
Comments: Still good i see.
 
Friday March 10, 2006 21:07:22 pm My Website Link Email
Name: Martina Joslin
Town/Country: Reading
How I got here: Word Of Mouth
Comments: Interesting site, nice to know some history about the town I spent most of childhood 1979-1989. I still vist the area and can't believe how much it's changed since then! Have loads of great memories of living there, even if I did live on the Craylands! Though also lived in Beeleigh cross.
I still have a paper cutting from when I was in the Evening Echo after I wrote to the queen to save my school (Bryn) such a shame they closed it! After that I went to Whitmore and then Barstable, so anyone remembers me from back then feel free to get in touch!
 
Friday March 3, 2006 00:15:30 am Email
Name: Bryan Nathan
Town/Country: Gladstone, Australia
How I got here: Search Engine
Comments: Great web site. My sister is the Chairman of Basildon Council and both she and my mother live in Langdon. I have never lived in the area. I lived in Sth Woodford. Was in Langdon for a visit in 1990.
 
Saturday February 18, 2006 01:00:15 am Email
Name: mike fruin
Town/Country: Launceston, Tasmania, Australia
How I got here: Search Engine
Comments: Just discovered your site. I moved to Basildon in 1954, lived in Danbury Down, Fryerns. Went to the Fryerns Youth Club, Railway Hotel dances, old Pitsea Market, Century Cinema. Used to leave my bike behind the shoe repairer's shop opposite the Barge when I caught the bus to school in Grays. Worked on building houses in Church Rd area and then at Shell Refinery. Also part time at Charlie Bird's piggery in King Edward drive Laindon. First married flat in Clay Hill Rd. Emigrated to Australia 1968.
Wouldn't recognise the place now!
 
Monday January 23, 2006 22:18:46 pm Email
Name: brian baylis
Town/Country: cambridgeshire
How I got here: Regular Visitor
Comments: To the gent looking for relatives in Laindon, try contacting local paper. You may get some good news that way. I went through them to locate ex-schoolfriends and had brilliant response.
 
Monday January 23, 2006 20:54:42 pm Email
Name: kevin morris
Town/Country: Darwen Lancashire
How I got here: Search Engine
Comments: WE CAME TO LAINDON FOR ARE HOLIDAYS TO VISIT ARE RELATIVES WITH ARE GRANDMOTHER 19/55/56 AND WE HAVE LOST TOUCH WITH THEM.
KEVIN MORRIS
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