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Berry boys Boxing Hall Northumberland Avenue, Laindon


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Berry Boys Boxing Hall, Northumberland Avenue - Laindon Berry Boys Boxing Hall, Northumberland Avenue - Laindon  
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Location: Northumberland Avenue, Laindon
Photographer: Bix
Year of photo: March 1991
Copyright: Basildon History Online
Comments: The Berry Boys boxing hall shortly before demolition.
Location: Northumberland Avenue, Laindon
Photographer: Bix
Year of photo: 15/04/1982
Copyright: Basildon History Online
Comments: The rear of the Berry Boys boxing hall seen from the station car park.
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The Berry Boys Boxing Hall stood in Northumberland Avenue, Laindon opposite the telephone exchange. It was home to the Berry Boys boxing club.

The club, founded in 1946 by Fred Nunn, used the hall after moving there during 1970 for training and boxing events. The club had previously been located at St. Michael's Mission Hall, long since demolished, in Salisbury Avenue, Langdon Hills, and a building in the High Road between the Post Office and Primrose's shop, which stood opposite the Laindon United football ground situated to the rear of the Laindon Hotel public house, before relocating again, this time across the High Road, to the old Fire Station.

The Northumberland Avenue hall had two main areas of equal size divided by a centre partition. Upon entering, a kitchen and various other small rooms abounded the left wall with doorways opening out on to the main floor. These rooms housed equipment used by a local playgroup. To the right and set back within its own enclosure was a stage, with rooms either side. This saw use in the late 1970s as the hall played host to various live music events. The boxing club was housed to the rear behind the central divide.

The building originally had sliding side sections no doubt relating to a previous use and backed directly on to the former goods yard at Laindon railway station. In its latter years it was the last old building to remain on the western side (the builders yard next door having moved out some years previously), as Northumberland Avenue was truncated to a new roundabout created when the Five Links estate was erected. Hatterill now roughly follows the old road running parallel with the Southend bound side of the railway.

It was demolished around 1992 as part of the Laindon Station re-development and the Station Gate Shopping Centre now stands in its place.

In 1991 the boxing club moved to Valence Way, Langdon Hills to facilities that included a new club house and football pitch for Berry's youth football teams.

Page added: 2001
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Text researched and written by William Cox, 2001 with revisions 2007.
Copyright © 2001, 2007, B. Cox - Basildon History Online. All rights reserved.

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