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Laindon High Road Shops & Properties (1)
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Laindon High Road shops, houses, businesses and public buildings between Laindon Railway Station and Victoria Road.

For the properties between Victoria Road and the A127 Fortune-of-War junction follow this link.

Please note: This is a work in progress with updates as information becomes available. Where it exists, photographic evidence of the shop nameboard has been used in the naming of many of the businesses. An example is T.E. Collings, an ironmongers and electrical shop established by Thomas Elijah Collings. Other additional information where known is also included with each property.

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Laindon High Road Shops & Properties - West Side (1)
Shops, houses, businesses & public buildings between Laindon Station overbridge and Denbigh Road (later Wrexham Road)
NumberShop/House Name Business - Property TypeOpen/Built
approx.
Closed
Demolished
Still Exists
approx.
1 - 8 Railway CottagesSingle terrace of 8 houses numbered 1 - 8. Survived to the early 1970s along with its pedestrian stairway to the High Road. c.1900c.1974
2T.E. Helmore (Thomas Edmund Helmore)
M.G. Bersey & Co. (Matthew Gross Bersey)
H.J. Davis
George Bell
F.W. Hays (Flo Markin)
A. Rawley (Alfred Rawley)
Auctioneer & Estate Agent
Corn & Flour Merchant
Newsagent, Tobacconist
Newsagent, Tobacconist
Cafe, Tobacconist and Confectioner
Estate Agent (Established 1919)
1900s
1920s
1920s
1931
1930s
c.1955
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--
1931
1930s
--
1960s
4??Photographic Studio 1950s--
6?W.T. Townsend & Son
(Walter Townsend)
Greengrocer & Florist (& at Liberty Hall, Hotwater Lane, Laindon) 19371962
8?C. CysterEstate Agent 1915--
10Upminster & Laindon Stores Ltd.
Barclays Bank Limited (relocated: 53 Laindon Centre)
Foodstore (Bacon Specialists)
Bank
Detached building with upper flat residence
1930s
1945
c.1940
01/06/1970
Shops, houses, businesses & public buildings between Denbigh Road (later renamed Wrexham Road) and Durham Road
14E.C. Andrews (postmaster: Edwin Charles Andrews)
Laindon Radio & Television Service
Stanwood Radio Ltd. (& at 116 High Street, Billericay, 1958) (relocated: 42 Laindon Centre)
Laindon Station Post/sorting office, groceries/hardware
Domestic Electrical Appliances
Household Electrical
Residence: Christopher Keegan (1950)
c.1900s
1950
Pre /06/1958
1950
c.1958
1969
16T.E. Collings
(Thomas Elijah Collings)
(relocated: 46 Laindon Centre)
Ironmonger, North Thames Gas Agent/Cooker Showroom
Detached building with upper residence
Pre-19231970
ShopV. Findlay
(Victor James Anderson Findlay)
Gentleman's Hairdresser
Single-storey shop
Pre-1950s--
18?Clarke's (V. Clarke)Haberdashery
Full length nameboard over 2 shop fronts with centrally displayed 'CLARKES' shop name.
Single-storey shop
19471960s
18?Clarke's (Archer Clarke)Hercules cycle dealer, Toys (Hornby, Meccano)
Nameboard information see entry above.
Single-storey shop
19471960s
20(Mrs.) R.E. Cole
E.A. Cole (Eric Cole)
Fishmonger, Fruiterer & Greengrocer
House residence
1930sPost /06/1959
Demolished
Pre /11/1967
22Mrs. Seymour (relocated: Lochinvar, High Road)
Woods
J.D. Tollworthy (John Tollworthy) (relocated: 7 Earls Hall Parade, Prittlewell)
Dressmaker, Corset Repairs etc.
Butchers
Butchers
House residence
Pre-1932
c.1940s
c.1956
c.1932
c.1956
c.1962
Demolished
Pre /11/1967
22AUpper residence  ----
24Moorcroft'sWools (& at St. Nicholas Parade, High Road (1950s)) 1950sDemolished
Pre /11/1967
24AArthur Cole
James W. Negus
Resident
Dentist (Upper floor)
Upper residence
1936
Pre /06/1956
Post /06/1956
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26Eustace GoddenButcher
Originally detached shop with Upper residence
1936c.1960
Demolished
Pre /11/1967
28F.T. Harris
Parkinson
(Cliff Parkinson)
Garage Services
Motor Repairs
Cliff Parkinson kept a number of cars for breaking, some buried in undergrowth including 4 from the Mk3 Ford Zodiac/Zephyr range possibly as spares for his own green mark 3 Zephyr which he ran for many years before eventually switching to a mustard coloured Morris Marina.
1970
1970
 
--
2004
Occupied
28ABill Lance
Hedley Taylor
Pit Pony Charity Shop
Plumber (& at Normanhurst, High Road, Langdon Hills)
Vehicle Repairs, Second Hand Car Sales
Charity
Building was wooden single-storey, adjoining No.30, painted white with pitched roof, the outline of which can still be seen today.
c.1950s
1960s
1970s
 
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--
1990s
Demolished
30C. Knight (Charles Knight)
L. Knight (Leah Knight)
L. & D. Reed
Self Drive hire
Newsagent/Confectionery
Newsagent/Confectionery
Newsagent/Confectionery
Vehicle Hire
Originally detached shop later joined to No.32.
Pre-1932
1950s
2000s
 
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--
--
--
Occupied
30AFlat above shopUpper residence --1960s
32Greens Stores (Ilford) Ltd.
Parkinson
(Cliff Parkinson)
Foodstore with branches throughout Essex.
Motor Spares & repairs, cycle repairs, paraffin
Single-storey building attached to No.30. Prior to Greens Stores a small detached corrugated roofed shed stood there.
Pre-1934
1970
 
1970
2004
Occupied
Shops, houses, businesses & public buildings between Durham Road and Aston Road
34Surridge Dawson & Co. Ltd.
(& at 18 Clifftown Road, Southend)
(relocated: 1 Dorset Parade, Laindon)
Printers/Newspaper Distributors
Single-storey joined shop row (1 of 5)
1939c.1962
36Charsley's
(Frederick Charsley)
Shoe Shop (Footfitters) (and at 3 St. Nicholas Parade, High Road, Laindon)
(Closing down sale announced August, 1959)
Single-storey joined shop row (2 of 5)
--c./08/1959
38Tucker & Sons
(William John Tucker, Snr.)
(William Kenneth Tucker, Jnr.)
(Richard Tucker)
Family Butchers (and at Norfolk House, Broadway, Pitsea)
Single-storey joined shop row (3 of 5)
1930sPost /06/1961
40

Zebra Crossing
(est. 1957)
Welcome Cafe (relocated: 12 Dorset Parade, Laindon)
C.E. Wignall (Charles Wignall)
(relocated: 4 Dorset Parade, Laindon)
Cafe
Betting Office & confirmed High Road presence since 1947, possibly here.
Single-storey joined shop row (4 of 5)
Uncontrolled (zebra) crossing resited 1974.
--
Pre-1956
--
c.1962
42Wheatsheaf Stores
(Henry Simmonds)
(Stanley C.W. Simmonds)
Corn Chandler & Seed Merchant
Single-storey joined shop row (5 of 5)
Pre-1936Post /06/1961
Driveway to rear yardFrancis Yard (Charles Francis)
Dowell's Yard
Bryant & Hay
D.C. Jeakins & Co. Ltd (relocated: Wrexham Road, Laindon)
Removals & Storage Yard
Removals & Storage Yard
Tiled Fireplace Manufactures
Removals & Storage Yard & Self-Drive Car Hire
c./07/1936
--
Pre /06/1955
1957
--
c.1957
Post /06/1956
Post /11/1967
44William Dowell
D.C. Jeakins & Co. Ltd.
(Derek Jeakins)
Removals/Furniture Shop
Furniture Shop & Taxi Service
Upper residence
--
--
--
Post /11/1967
Demolished
Laindon HotelPublic House & Side Garden, football pitch to rear 1896/04/1991
Service HouseA.H. Hall Ltd.
Gale, Brown & Co. (Albert Gale)
Vinlip Limited
George Martin (relocated: West Mayne)
Household Fuel Supplier
Estate Agents for Halifax Building Society
Property Development
Building Contractor
Pre /06/1956
Pre /06/1956
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--
--
--
--
1986
GarageNational Accumulator Service Station
Laindon Service Garage Prop. J. Toomey
J. Toomey Motors Ltd.
(Joseph Toomey)
(relocated: West Mayne)
Accumulator charging, motor cyle sales
Petrol/Garage/Showroom
c.1932
1930s
1938
c.1930s
c.1930s
1986
Shops, houses, businesses & public buildings between Aston Road and Somerset Road
ShopOlive Shead (Olive N. Shead)
W. A. & V. Burles (relocated: 43 Ballards Walk, Lee Chapel North)
Laindon Old People's Welfare Committee (relocated: 8 New Century Road, Laindon)
China & glassware
General Stores - china & glassware etc.
O.A.P's Rest Room
Detached building
1940s
c.1958
1967
c.1958
1960s
Pre /04/1972
Demolished 1970s
ShopHenbest for Honesty (The Blue Shop, est.1924)
(Maud Henbest)
Reveller's Concert Party
Drapery/Hosiery, Soft Furnishings/Haberdashery
Props & Scenery Storage
Detached building
--
--
--
--
Demolished 1970s
ShopJohnston's (Slater's)Haberdashery/Dress Shop
Detached building
----
Demolished 1970s
Driveway to rear yardHappy Wanderer Coaches
S. Spence
Coach Hire (1962-63 at 2 Compton Walk, Laindon)
Plumbing/Heating Engineers
----
Demolished 1970s
ShopSamuel Relph (G. Grave)
David Sames (Whitmore) Ltd.
Chemist
Chemist
Semi-detached building
1950s
c./08/1965
1960s
c.1968/9
Demolished 1970s
ShopHarry's Fruiterers
(Henry Slater)
W.T. Townsend (shop signboard remained Harry's Fruiterers) (relocated: 6 Kibcaps, Lee Chapel South)
Fruiterers

Greengrocer & Florist
Semi-detached building
c.1940s
1960s
1960s
--
Demolished 1970s
58?
Shop
Shepherd's Restaurant
Barton's
Restaurant & Bakers (& at 4 East Walk, Basildon - 1961-63)
Bakers
Detached building
--
c.1962
c.1962
c.1968/9
Demolished 1970s
Laindon Fire Station
Private use
Essex County Fire Brigade Garage
Private use, vehicle storage
Pre /04/1944
1962
08/12/1961
1970s
70Lane's
Laindon Recorder (relocated: 83 Southernhay, Basildon)
Woollen garments made to measure
Newspaper Office
Laindon Recorder also opened a sub-office, c./11/1951, within Reklaw Studios, Station Lane, Pitsea.
Detached building
c.1930s
1939
c.1939
1962
Demolished
Pre /11/1967
70AUpper residence
Moss & Coleman (& at 19 Ongar Road, Brentwood)
(relocated: 108 High Street, Billericay)

Basildon Staff Bureau
(relocated: 6a Southernhay, Basildon)
 
Solicitors
Agency (above 70)
--
c.1957
04/03/1961
--
1961
03/12/1962
72Martins Bank Ltd.
Midland Bank Ltd. (relocated: 51 Laindon Centre)
Basildon Insurance Service (Mr. Davies)
Intacab (Part of J. Toomey Motors Ltd.)
(relocated: Southfields, Laindon)
Bank
Bank
Insurance Services
Taxi Office
No. 72 and 74 were the last surviving buildings between Aston Road and Somerset Road from the pre-war era.
Semi-detached building joined to No. 74.
--
1950
c./01/1969
1979
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--
--
c.1986
Demolished
74D. Kent & Co. Ltd.
Sidney Hayden & Sons
Fen Homes Ltd.
Hireco Services (See entry below)
Basildon Hire Service (Part of J.H. Rawley Plant Hire Ltd., Durham Road, Laindon)
Building contractors + retail paints
Building contractors
 
Plant & Tool Hire (still trading /04/1986)
Semi-detached building joined to No. 72.
--
1950
--
1970s
--
--
--
c.1986
Demolished
Laindon Memorial HallHall Pre-11/1923January 1967
ShopE. Yeats Turner (Edward Yeats Turner) (Olive Turner)Ladies Hairdressers & Trichologist 1935Post /06/1956
Demolished
Pre /11/1967
ShopCivility Stores (Cecil E. Penn) (Lilian M. Penn)
(Robert H. Higgins) (Giuseppina Higgins)
(& at or relocated: 562 Whitmore Way, Fryerns)
General grocers Pre 1949
c.1954
1954
c.1957
Demolished
Pre /11/1967
ShopW.H.G. (Bill) BarrettHairdressers (1920s also sold Cigarettes, Tobacco, Xmas Cards, Stationery and Toilet requisites) Pre-19231963
Demolished
Pre /11/1967
The DairyCharles Markham
Kentex
Dane
Markham's Dairies
Dry cleaners
Dry cleaners
Upper No.1 Flat
--
--
c.1956
--
--
1963
The DairyHoward's Dairies
Chas. Markhams Diaries
Kibby's
International Stores
Dairy
Markham's Dairies
Supermarket
Supermarket
Upper No.2 Flat
--
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--
--
--
--
--
Shops, houses, businesses & public buildings between Somerset Road and New Century Road
Garage & ShopParkinson Bros.
(James Hicks Parkinson (Snr.))
(Cecil F. Parkinson)
(Bert Parkinson)
(Clifford D. Parkinson)
Motor Repairs/Taxis/Petrol (est. 1919) & at (A127) Arterial Road, Fortune-of-War junction.
(relocated: 28/32 High Road, Laindon as Parkinson)
19191970
CottenhamJames Hicks Parkinson & familyJ.H. Parkinson & Co.
(Builders Merchants at Station Yard)
House, Land & Insurance Agent (1920s)
Semi-detached house & residence
19061970
Devonshire HouseWilliam G. WilsonSemi-detached house & residence 19061970
Devonshire House
Annexe
W.G. Wilson
E.C. Clark & Co. Ltd. (trading as W.G. Wilson)
Dispensing Chemist --
c.1950s
--
--
ShopW.G. Wilson (relocated: next door)
Squires & Co.
Dispensing Chemist
T.V., Radio & Electrical
--
c.1950s
--
Post /09/1962
ShopW. Watts
Ted Underdown (E.G. Underdown)
Peachey Bros. (Terry Peachey) (David Peachey)
Fruiterer & Greengrocers
Wet and Dried Fishmonger
Fruiterer & Greengrocers
--
--
Pre /09/1962
--
--
--
Laindon Picture Theatre
Radion Cinema
Cinema
Cinema
/03/1929
1930s
1930s
03/02/1969
Shops, houses, businesses & public buildings between New Century Road and Worthing Road
Granville
Shop
 
Griffin's (Thomas P. Griffin)
Bungalow residence
General Stores & Cafe
Pre-1927
Pre-1949
 
c.1970
PrimroseBungalow residence Pre-1949c.1967
Manor HallHall 1903c.1931
Demolished
ShopGrays Co-operative Society Ltd.
London Co-operative Society Ltd.
Co-op
Co-op
Single-storey building
c.1931
/10/1967
/10/1967
c.1970
Shops, houses, businesses & public buildings between Worthing Road and Manor Road
YardLa'plain & Sons?
Basildon Portable Buildings
E.A. Hilburn Transport Ltd.
(Edward "Ted" Hilburn)
Building Material Dealers (also at Woodford E.18)
Timber & Portable Sheds
Haulage Contractors (Removals)
Haulage and portable shed business relocated to A127 Arterial Road to c./04/1975 when company was dissolved.
c.1923
1950s
1950s
Post-1932
c.1969
c.1969
Alpha HouseA. Worth Hardware & Oilshop
(Alfred F. Worth)
House residence c.1907c.1965
ShopWilliam BuckenhamButcher
Single-storey detached building
1930s1972
ShopW.J. Rice & SonGreengrocer 1930s--
Apna GhurDetached house
*Perhaps a variant spelling of Apna Ghar which means "our home" in the South Asian languages of Hindi, Punjabi and Urdu.
Residence Pre-1929--
(Judds)
Yard
Regent Metalworks (relocated: Florence Road, Langdon Hills)
A.E. Judd & Son
William J. Judd (relocated: Chelmsford)
G.A. Collinson Fencing Co. (entrance in Manor Road)
Basildon Fencing Supplies Ltd. (entrance in Manor Road)
(relocated: Stannetts, Laindon North Industrial Area)
Builder & Contractor
Roofing Contractor
Fencing Contractor (est. 1949)
Fencing Supplies
c.1940s
Pre /09/1962
Pre /06/1962
1970s
1960
--
1980?
1980?
Shops, houses, businesses & public buildings between Manor Road and Victoria Road
Laindon AutodromeLongmans Car Sales (relocated: Long Riding, Basildon)
Longman & Markin
(Ron Longman)
(Frank Markin)
(Est. 1957) Second hand car dealer
Driving Tuition (members of the Institute of Advanced Motorists)
Open Land
c.1965
1965
Post /11/1969
Post /11/1969
Manor StoresThe Manor Stores
(Arthur Horace Pook, 1920s)
later (Harold Steer)
Groceries & Provisions
Residence
Pre-1924c.1962
ShopMarine Stores
Lloyds (land registery application: /05/1951)
March 1951 phone book entry Laindon 109.
General Dealer
Bank
Detached house
Upper residence
1940s
1950
c.1950
c./02/1970
ShopW.J. Finch (Walter Finch)
D. Francis
Greengrocer & Florist
Same as above
Single-storey building
Residence?
Pre-1932
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Victory HouseVictory Watch & Clock Co.Sales & Repairs
Residence
1950sc.1965
PenrynChapman household
Daniel household
Mr. Frederick Ruffler M.S.F. M.S.S.CH.
 
Physiotherapist & Chiropody Surgery
House residence
Pre-1929
--
/01/1963
--
--
c.1967
ShopR. Daniel
(Reginald Daniel)
Shoe & Leather Repairs
Single-storey building
Pre-1946--
Manor DairyW.J. Sloper & Son
(William Sloper)
(Sidney Sloper)
Milkman & Dairy Produce
House with upper residence
c.19301969
Victoria RoadIn the 1970s a (Prohibition of Driving) Order was issued restricting direct vehicular access to Victoria Road from the High Road. This came into force on 07/11/1977. In 1977/78 a new road (B148, West Mayne), linking Laindon to the A127 Dunton Wayletts flyover, was constructed between Manor Road and Victoria Road from a new junction with the existing High Road roundabout.
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Page added: 2006
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Other points of interest:
(1) In 1970 a section of Denbigh Road from its junction with the High Road was renamed Wrexham Road during the construction of the Laindon industrial estate. By around 1973/74 vehicular access to Wrexham Road ended when the High Road was realigned during the construction of the Laindon 4 (Great & Little Oxcroft) housing estate.

(2) The even number property identification was in use from the early 1920s though probably dates from the late 1890s/early 1900s when the first buildings near the railway station end were constructed.

Text researched and written by William Cox, 2006 with revisions and additions 2006-2015.
Copyright © 2006-2015, B. Cox - Basildon History Online. All rights reserved.
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