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The Laindon: High Road, Laindon


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Laindon Hotel - High Road Laindon Laindon Hotel - High Road Laindon  
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Location: High Road
Photographer: Unknown
Year of photo: circa 1920s
Copyright:
Comments: Early 1900s photo during the Seabrooke & Sons ownership.
Location: High Road
Photographer: Brian Baylis
Year of photo: 1975
Copyright: Brian Baylis
Source: Brian Baylis
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Laindon Hotel - High Road Laindon Laindon Hotel - High Road Laindon Laindon Hotel - High Road Laindon
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Location: High Road
Photographer: Bix
Year of photo: 13/04/1991
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Location: High Road
Photographer: Bix
Year of photo: 13/04/1991
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Location: High Road
Photographer: Bix
Year of photo: 13/04/1991
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Laindon Hotel - High Road Laindon Laindon Hotel - High Road Laindon Laindon Hotel - High Road Laindon
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Location: High Road
Photographer: Bix
Year of photo: 13/04/1991
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Location: High Road
Photographer: Bix
Year of photo: 13/04/1991
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Location: High Road
Photographer: Bix
Year of photo: 17/04/1991
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Site of the Laindon Hotel - High Road Laindon Site of the Laindon Hotel - High Road Laindon Site of the Laindon Hotel - High Road Laindon
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Location: High Road
Photographer: Bix
Year of photo: 07/11/2002
Copyright: Basildon History Online
Comments: Still undeveloped in November 2002.
Location: High Road
Photographer: Bix
Year of photo: 07/11/2002
Copyright: Basildon History Online
Comments: Still undeveloped in November 2002.
Location: High Road
Photographer: Bix
Year of photo: 07/11/2002
Copyright: Basildon History Online
Comments: Still undeveloped in November 2002.
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The Laindon Hotel, built in 1896, stood in High Road, Laindon between Durham Road and Aston Road.

In the late 1880s proposals for a racecourse at Laindon were first announced and a company, Laindon Park Limited, formed with the intention of purchasing around 350 acres of land, much of it belonging to Great Gubbins, and to provide all the necessary amenities associated with such a scheme. Unfortunately the venture failed, although a course and fencing was laid out, and the hotel, which formed part of the package, was completed in 1896.

It was built by Frederick Dupont, builder and contractor, of 35 North Hill, Colchester, whose tender of £3,310, to include stabling, was accepted around March of 1896. Its design was the work of Mr. T.T. Matthews, architect and surveyor, of Camden Town, London. Mr. Alfred William Paul was holder of the first licence which transferred to Charles Newton on 16th August, 1906.

During the pubs early years, Seabrooke and Sons Ltd, Brewers, of Bridge Road, Grays provided the ale. In 1929 brewery giant Charrington & Co. Ltd. of Mile End, London acquired the pub after a take over of Seabrooke's and from 1967 following a merger with Bass became part of the Bass Charrington chain.

Through the years the pub had also provided entertainment. A small stage in the lounge bar played host to many a musical act including in 1969 the Hotel's own 'Bunny Girls' made up of Rosemary Carr, Linda Gibbs, Sylvia Hammond and Anna Phipp. The landlord at this time was Bob Richards and his wife Wynne. An upstairs room could also be hired for private functions.

It was still known as the Laindon Hotel in 1974 when Charrington's had it refurbished. Part of the work included a new larger lounge bar created at the expense of the saloon bar as well as a new larger stage. Ron and Ann Ewens were in charge at the time of these changes. Its change of name to The Laindon occurred sometime around the late 1970s or early 1980s.

Regular entertainment was provided on the Lounge bar's new stage which included appearances from local chart act 'The Pinkees' in the early 1980s. Steps down to an enclosed garden; used as a bowls green, led from the Lounge bar.

The pub closed closed in the late 1980s and lay empty for several years before a series of arson attacks rendered its condition a danger. It was finally demolished during April 1991 by contractors A.1 Demolition Limited.

The Hotel's grounds were extensive and included a football pitch on land to the rear of the building which was used by various teams including the Berry Boys, and the pubs own Laindon Hotel United, whose running costs included high fencing to the rear of Bedford Road properties. Local school sporting events were also held on the meadow.

The site, more than 20 years later, had become overgrown and appeared neglected when a planning application was submitted in 2012 for K.F.C. (Kentucky Fried Chicken) to run a drive-thru take away and restaurant. The plan, submitted by Laindon Holdings, made local headlines but was turned down by Basildon Council as unsuitable for the area following objections from local residents. Late in 2012 a revised application, still involving K.F.C., on the now cleared site was submitted and also turned down. This spplication also went to appeal but was unsuccessful. A third application turned down by the council was successfullly overturned on appeal.

Page added: 2002
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Text researched and written by William Cox, 2005 with revisions 2012,2015.
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