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Francis Frith

The Francis Frith Basildon collection began in the 1950s and continued into the 1960s. Their collection, at over 80, is far and away the largest to feature the town centre and other new town locations. A separate series of cards appear for Pitsea, Laindon and Langdon Hills but oddly there are no postcards from Vange or Nevendon. A lettercard of Kingswood exists featuring 6 views of previously available postcards.

Various examples were produced, in (real photograph) black and white, sepia tone, and retouched colour, though no genuine colour examples appear to exist. Some cards have a copyright notice on the front in capitals (COPYRIGHT FRITH LTD), and on the back. Others just carry the notice on the back. Their address, F. Frith & Co., Ltd. Reigate and the title Frith's Series is also printed on the back of some cards, or just Frith's Series Reigate on others.

The company is named after its founder, the photographer Francis Frith (31st October 1822 – 25th February 1898). He established the company around 1859 at Reigate in Surrey with the aim of photographing every town and village in England. Following his death the company remained in the family and continued through to 1968 when it was sold leading to closure in 1970.

Their extensive collection, totalling over 150 different views, has been featured in two local history books: Basildon Living Memories by Russell Thompson, published in 2002, and Basildon A History & Celebration by Mara Cottrell, published in 2005.

The two Basildon series available are prefixed BSN (Basildon) and BNT (Basildon New Town) followed by a number.

BSN Series (Basildon)
Title Number Colour Publisher Date View Detail
 BSN. 1 Francis Frith   
 BSN. 2 Francis Frith   
Market Place, BasildonBSN. 3B/WFrancis Frith1960sView of the market looking west. Example of BSN. 3 with Town Square view (pre-clock) and white border known to exist.Larger (5½ x 4") black & white with serated edges. B & W standard size with serated edges. Standard size retouched to colour.
 BSN. 4 Francis Frith   
 BSN. 5 Francis Frith   
 BSN. 6 Francis Frith   
Long Riding, BasildonBSN. 7B/WFrancis Frith1960sTown centre end of Long Riding.Larger (5½ x 4") black & white with serated edges.
 BSN. 8 Francis Frith   
Southernhay, BasildonBSN. 9B/WFrancis Frith1960sView of Southernhay (later paved), Basildon.Larger (5½ x 4") black & white with serated edges.
 BSN. 10 Francis Frith   
 BSN. 11 Francis Frith   
Town Square, Keay House, BasildonBSN. 12B/WFrancis Frithc.1960Early Town Square shot still under completion.Larger (5½ x 4") black & white with serated edges.
 BSN. 13 Francis Frith   
Market Pavement, BasildonBSN. 14B/WFrancis Frithc.1961Market Pavement view taken from Town Square. Locarno (later Raquels) seen in distance.Standard size black & white with serated edges.
Blenheim House and Bus Terminus, BasildonBSN. 15B/WFrancis Frithc.1960Original bus terminus seen from eastern end.Larger (5½ x 4") black & white with serated edges.
Standard size retouched to colour examples.
 BSN. 16 Francis Frith   
Blenheim House and Bus Terminus, BasildonBSN. 17B/WFrancis Frithc.1960Original bus terminus seen from the southern end.Standard size black & white with serated edges.
Market Place, BasildonBSN. 18B/WFrancis Frithc.1960Southernhay view, taken from the railway bank, of Basildon market.Standard size black & white with serated edges.
 BSN. 19 Francis Frith   
 BSN. 20 Francis Frith   
 BSN. 21 Francis Frith   
 BSN. 22 Francis Frith   
 BSN. 23 Francis Frith   
East Walk, BasildonBSN. 24 Francis Frithc.1961East Walk shops view taken from the Southernhay zebra crossing.Larger (5½ x 4") black & white with serated edges.
East Walk, BasildonBSN. 25B/WFrancis Frithc.1961East Walk shops.Larger (5½ x 4") black & white with serated edges.
Southernhay, BasildonBSN. 26B/WFrancis Frithc.1961Southernhay duel carriageway & zebra crossing view looking south.Larger (5½ x 4") black & white with serated edges.
Whitmore Way, BasildonBSN. 27B/WFrancis Frithc.1960Eastern National FLF Lodekka seen.Larger (5½ x 4") black & white with serated edges. Variant black & white standard size numbered BSN 27F.
 BSN. 28 Francis Frith   
 BSN. 29 Francis Frith   
 BSN. 30 Francis Frith   
 BSN. 31 Francis Frith   
 BSN. 32 Francis Frith   
 BSN. 33 Francis Frith   
Woodlands Boys School, BasildonBSN. 34 Francis Frith Rear view taken from the playing field of Woodlands School (Boys).Larger (5½ x 4") black & white with serated edges.
 BSN. 35 Francis Frith   
 BSN. 36 Francis Frith   
 BSN. 37 Francis Frith   
Kingswood County Primary School, BasildonBSN. 38B/WFrancis Frith1960sPlaying fields view of the school.Larger (5½ x 4") with serated edges.
 BSN. 39B/WFrancis Frith   
Market Place, BasildonBSN 40B/WFrancis Frith1960sMarket scene viewed from Market Pavement.Standard size black & white with serated edges. Closely resembles BSN. 3, probably taken same day.
Town Square, BasildonBSN. 41B/WFrancis Frithc.1963View of Town Square shops 19-25. Fine Fare, Timothy Whites, F. W. Woolworth and J. Sainsbury.Larger (5½ x 4") black & white with serated edges.
 BSN. 42 Francis Frith   
 BSN. 43 Francis Frith   
 BSN. 44 Francis Frith   
 BSN. 45 Francis Frith   
 BSN. 46 Francis Frith   
 BSN. 47 Francis Frith   
 BSN. 48 Francis Frith   
Waldegrave, Kingswood, BasildonBSN. 49ColourFrancis Frith1960sStreet scene.Retouched to colour.
Kingswood Parade and Baptist Church, BasildonBSN. 50ColourFrancis Frith1960sShops and church seen from Clay Hill Road.Retouched to colour.
Langley's and Latchetts Shaw, Kingswood, BasildonBSN. 51ColourFrancis Frith1960sStreet scene.Retouched to colour.
Sparrows Herne, Kingswood, BasildonBSN. 52ColourFrancis Frith1960sStreet scene.Retouched to colour.
 BSN. 53 Francis Frith   
 BSN. 54 Francis Frith   
 BSN. 55 Francis Frith   
 BSN. 56 Francis Frith   
 BSN. 57 Francis Frith   
 BSN. 58 Francis Frith   
 BSN. 59 Francis Frith   
Clayhill Road and Kingswood Primary School, BasildonBSN. 60ColourFrancis Frith1960sPre Clay Hill Road overbridge view of Kingswood Primary school.Retouched to colour.
Kingswood Baptist Church, BasildonBSN. 61ColourFrancis Frith1960sView of Baptist Church and Codenham Straight houses.Retouched to colour.
 BSN. 62 Francis Frith   
Greetings From BasildonBSN. 63FB/WFrancis Frith1960s5 picture multiview comprised of:
1) Whitmore Way (BSN. 27); 2) Town Square (BSN. 3); 3) Market Place (BSN. ??); 4) Market Place (BSN. 3); 5) Southernhay (BNT. 5).
Standard size black and white.
Lettercard
Francis Frith also produced a lettercard with 6 previously issued postcard views of the Kingswood area of Basildon. The details are given below.
All Best Wishes and Greetings to You from KINGSWOOD, BASILDON ColourPrinted & Published by F. Frith & Co., Reigate.1960s6 views taken from: BSN.61, BSN.60, BSN.62, BSN.51, BSN.50 and BSN.49.Card when opened is 582 x 139mm. Retouched to colour. Entirely British Production.
BNT Series (Basildon New Town)
The Statue, Town Square, Basildon New TownBNT. 1B/WFrancis Frith1960sView of the Mother and Child statue looking towards East Square.Standard size black and white with white border.
The Fountain, Town Square, Basildon New TownBNT. 2B/WFrancis Frith1960sFull view of the fountain looking towards East Walk.Larger (5½ x 4") black & white with serated edges.
Town Square, BasildonBSN. 3B/WFrancis Frith1960sTown Square looking east from green that is now paved in front of M & S.Standard size with white border. Believed misnumbered as BSN 3 is a Market Place view.
 BNT. 4B/WFrancis Frith  Standard size black and white.
Southernhay, Basildon New TownBNT. 5B/WFrancis Frithc.1961Southernhay Zebra crossing looking south with Bristol K or L series double dekker bus.Standard size black and white. Retouched to colour examples.
 BNT. 6B/WFrancis Frith  Standard size black and white.
 BNT. 7B/WFrancis Frith  Standard size black and white.
 BNT. 8B/WFrancis Frith  Standard size black and white.
 BNT. 9B/WFrancis Frith  Standard size black and white.
 BNT. 10B/WFrancis Frith  Standard size black and white.
 BNT. 11B/WFrancis Frith  Standard size black and white.
 BNT. 12B/WFrancis Frith  Standard size black and white.
 BNT. 13B/WFrancis Frith  Standard size black and white.
Town Centre, Basildon New TownBNT. 14FB/WFrancis Frithc.1966East Walk shops looking west.Standard size black and white.
 BNT. 15B/WFrancis Frith  Standard size black and white.
 BNT. 16B/WFrancis Frith  Standard size black and white.
Town Square, Basildon New TownBNT. 17FB/WFrancis Frithc.1966West looking view of the East Square slope and stairs.Standard size black and white.
 BNT. 18B/WFrancis Frith  Standard size black and white.
 BNT. 19B/WFrancis Frith  Standard size black and white.
Town Square, Basildon New TownBNT. 20FB/WFrancis Frithc.1966East looking town Square view with Keay House mural.Standard size black and white.
Town Square, Basildon New TownBNT. 21B/WFrancis Frithc.1966View of Town Square post new town clock.Standard size black and white.
 BNT. 22B/WFrancis Frith  Standard size black and white.
 BNT. 23B/WFrancis Frith  Standard size black and white.
The Clock, Basildon New TownBNT. 24FB/WFrancis Frithc.1966View looking west of the new Town Square clock.Standard size black and white.
Town Square, Basildon New TownBNT. 25FB/WFrancis Frithc.1966View looking east of the Town Square with the mother and child fountain to the left foreground.Standard size black and white.
Page added: 2008

Text written 2008.
Copyright © 2008, B. Cox - Basildon History Online. All rights reserved.
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