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Jolly Cricketers: Arterial Road, Nevendon


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Jolly Cricketer's, Nevendon Jolly Cricketer's, Nevendon Jolly Cricketer's, Nevendon
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Location: Arterial Road, Nevendon
Photographer: Dave Clark
Year of photo: January 1975
Copyright: Dave Clark
Source: Dave Clark
Comments:
Location: Arterial Road, Nevendon
Photographer: Dave Clark
Year of photo: circa November 1983
Copyright: Dave Clark
Source: Dave Clark
Comments: The new front extension can be seen in this early photo from around November 1983.
Location: Cricketers Way, Nevendon
Photographer: Dave Clark
Year of photo: 2003
Copyright: Dave Clark
Source: Dave Clark
Comments: Although boarded up, this shot shows the building prior to the fire that ultimately sped up its demolition.
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Jolly Cricketer's, Nevendon Jolly Cricketer's, Nevendon Jolly Cricketer's, Nevendon
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Location: Cricketer's Way, Nevendon
Photographer: Bix
Year of photo: 24/08/2003
Copyright: Basildon History Online
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Location: Cricketer's Way, Nevendon
Photographer: Bix
Year of photo: 24/08/2003
Copyright: Basildon History Online
Comments:
Location: Cricketer's Way, Nevendon
Photographer: Bix
Year of photo: 24/08/2003
Copyright: Basildon History Online
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Jolly Cricketer's, Nevendon Jolly Cricketer's, Nevendon Jolly Cricketer's, Nevendon
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Location: A127, Nevendon
Photographer: T. Stevens
Year of photo: 07/09/2003
Copyright: T. Stevens
Source: T. Stevens
Comments: The Jolly Cricketers on fire on the day it was the target of an apparent arson attack.
Location: A127, Nevendon
Photographer: T. Stevens
Year of photo: 07/09/2003
Copyright: T. Stevens
Source: T. Stevens
Comments: The Jolly Cricketers on fire on the day it was the target of an apparent arson attack.
Location: A127, Nevendon
Photographer: T. Stevens
Year of photo: 07/09/2003
Copyright: T. Stevens
Source: T. Stevens
Comments: The Jolly Cricketers on fire on the day it was the target of an apparent arson attack.
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Jolly Cricketers signboard The Jolly Cricketers public house was built in 1927 and stood at 127 Arterial Road, Nevendon, on the London bound carriageway of the A127.

It replaced an earlier public house of the same name that previously stood in Nevendon Road and was probably built to take advantage of the then new A127 London - Southend Road.

The first publican was Mr William Walter Mumford, who took charge until 1936. He was replaced by Percy F. Calcutt who took over from 22nd October, 1936 and remained in charge for 39 years through to 11th March, 1975. In the 1980s the pub was managed by Joe and Maureen Bignall who opened 'The Wine Bar' within the premises on 1st August 1984.

In the 1970s the A127 Nevendon flyover was constructed leaving the public house no longer directly on the A127 - the former London bound carriageway now becoming an exit slip road - and the Nevendon Road exit was closed off. Years later around 1993 this section of Nevendon Road was renamed Cricketers Way which it remains today.

The pub was owned and run by east London brewery company Taylor Walker & Co. until 1959 when Ind Coope acquired the business. In 1961 Ind Coope merged with Ansells and Tetley Walker to become Allied Breweries. The Spirit Group had ownership to December 2002 when they sold it to final owner Punch Taverns who closed the pub in 2003 and sold it on 4th July, 2003 to construction company Miravale Holdings Ltd. for redevelopment.

On Sunday 7th September, 2003, while still empty and awaiting demolition, there was a fire which destroyed much of the inner structure. This event made the headline story in the local Evening Echo newspaper. An unfortunate end for one of Basildon's few remaining pre-new town buildings. The building was then promptly demolished during September 2003 and following a successful planning application the site was then redeveloped for business use in a scheme comprising 11 office units, car park and new access road to Cricketers Way.

A distinctive feature of former Taylor Walker public houses was the cannon which adorns many of their hanging signs. Despite having been taken over back in 1959 by Ind Coope the exterior hanging sign appears not to have been replaced and survived right to the end. The grounds in which it stood were extensive and included a garden outside drinking area and, from the 1960s, parking for 120 cars.

Page added: 2003
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Text researched and written by William Cox, 2005 with revisions 2010.
Copyright © 2005, 2010, B. Cox - Basildon History Online. All rights reserved.

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