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Laindon Shopping Centre


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Location: Laindon shopping centre
Photographer: Bix
Year of photo: 16/05/2013
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Comments: One of 3 large welcoming signs.
Location: Laindon shopping centre
Photographer: Stuart Wilson
Year of photo: 27/08/2006
Copyright: Stuart Wilson
Source: Stuart Wilson
Comments: Looking down from the Health Centre.
Location: Laindon shopping centre
Photographer: Bix
Year of photo: 18/07/2006
Copyright: Basildon History Online
Comments: High Road, Laindon and Clock House.
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Laindon Shopping Centre Laindon Shopping Centre Laindon Shopping Centre
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Location: Laindon shopping centre
Photographer: Bix
Year of photo: 15/08/2008
Copyright: Basildon History Online
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Location: Laindon shopping centre
Photographer: Bix
Year of photo: 15/08/2008
Copyright: Basildon History Online
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Location: Laindon shopping centre
Photographer: Bix
Year of photo: 15/08/2008
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Laindon Shopping Centre    
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Location: Laindon shopping centre
Photographer: Bix
Year of photo: 10/07/2006
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Comments: Laindon shopping centre rear car park.
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Progress on the development of Basildon new town, had until the early 1960s, been largely concentrated on land within the designated area that required little upheaval in respect of existing settlements.

Until development began on the first new housing estate at Laindon in the early to mid 1960s, Laindon had remained relatively untouched, with the exception of the new Laindon Link direct road to Basildon, which opened in the late 1950s.

By the late 1960s the Basildon Development Corporation had begun clearing the area that would become the Five Links housing estate, and were at that time also responsible for providing amenities to serve the new communities. Considerations for a centralised shopping centre in Laindon (then referred to as Laindon Main Centre) had been in the pipeline for some years, with work finally beginning in September 1967, and within 2½ years the first shops began opening in late 1969. The total cost of the new complex, which consisted of 44 shop units of varying dimensions, was put at around £1,000,000. Building contractors Thomas Bates & Son Ltd. were responsible for its construction and that of the Laindon health Centre, opened in 1971.

A three-storey office block called Clock House with 18,000 sq. ft. of floor space was also built as part of the complex, complete with a clock face and large bell that clangs every quarter. A split level public house called The Joker and operated by the Truman brewery chain, opened in late 1970, was also provided, as was the new Essex County library, previously at 3 High Road.

The complex was built 18 feet higher than the High Road which enabled a service road and unloading area to be constructed directly below the shop units. Its height also also led to the construction of two pedestrian bridges - at High Road and Laindon Link - and a sloping path to ground level for anyone approaching from the southern end.

From the beginning Wednesday was established as early closing day with many shops shutting their doors at 1:00pm.

The shopping centre has been in the hands of private owners since being sold by the development corporation in June 1972.

In 2008 as part of a regeneration of Laindon shopping centre Clock House and the library were demolished and the clock (which had not struck for years) was put into storage at Wat Tyler Park in Pitsea.

Page added: 2006
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Text researched and written by William Cox, 2006 with revisions 2012.
Copyright © 2006, 2012, B. Cox - Basildon History Online. All rights reserved.

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