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Langdon Hills: The Triangle and Great Berry


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Location: The Triangle
Photographer: J.C. Photography
Year of photo: 09/11/2006
Copyright: Basildon History Online
Comments: Shops at The Triangle, Langdon Hills.
Location: The Triangle
Photographer: J.C. Photography
Year of photo: 09/11/2006
Copyright: Basildon History Online
Comments: Shops at The Triangle, Langdon Hills.
Location: The Triangle
Photographer: J.C. Photography
Year of photo: 09/11/2006
Copyright: Basildon History Online
Comments: Shops at The Triangle, Langdon Hills.
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The Triangle
The small shopping centre at The Triangle in Langdon Hills opened in autumn 1976.

It was built as a replacement to the many shops that were closed when the High Road was being redeveloped by Basildon Development Corporation.

It took its name from its location within a small triangular shaped piece of land between the High Road and Berry Lane. A short unmade pathway linking the two roads, sometimes seen on old area maps as Triangle Road, had existed from at least the early 1900s and probably earlier, though this was lost along with a semi-detached house and a detached bungalow when the centre was built.

The five units were all at ground level with pedestrian access from either Berry Lane or off the High Road. A small car park was also provided along with a toilet block and post box. A High Road underpass to the Langdon Hills housing estate was later built, as was a community hall which opened in early 1979.

Some of the first shops to open were a foodstore, greengrocer Paul Lucy, who ran one of the displaced High Road shops, a Golden Gate chinese take-away at 3A, S.B. Youngs off licence at No.4 and Martin's newsagent with sub-post office.

Around 1980 the centre was the scene of a major fire which gutted the newsagents and damaged the remaining units. During the rebuild the sub-post office was housed in the community hall adjacent to the centre. Sometime during the 1990s the council maintained toilet block was removed.

A second major fire on Thursday, 3rd January, 2013 was so intense it completely destroyed all the shop units and the centre was demolished.

During 2013 owners Basildon Council revealed plans for a new centre to include six shops and upper floor flats which gained approval and building work commenced in 2014. As an interim measure a demountable unit, used by McColl's as a temporary shop and post office, opened on-site on 3rd October, 2013. This closed on or around 21st January, 2015 to allow for the completion of the new centre, which was officially opened on Friday, 27th November. At the time of opening, with the exception of two vacant units, McColl's newsagent, which had opened a week prior to the official opening, was soon followed by Domino's pizza take-away.

Below are some of the traders to have occupied the units.

The Triangle (First centre to 2013 demolition)OpenClosed
No. 1Fresh 'N' Freeze
Elizabeth Louise - Beauty and Tanning Salon
Frozen food store
Beauty Salon & Pinks Hair
1980s
c.2000
c.1990s
03/01/2013
No. 1AThe Chip ShopTake-away2000s03/01/2013
No. 2Paul Lucy
Hong Kong House
Greengrocer & Florist
Chinese Meals to Take-away
08/11/1976
2000s
c.1980s
03/01/2013
No. 4Martin's
McColl's
Sub-Post Office
Newsagent and confectionery
Newsagent and Confectionery
Post Office services
1976
c.1990s
1976
1990s
03/01/2013
03/01/2013
The Triangle (Second centre from 2015 rebuild)OpenClosed
No. 1McColl's @ The Triangle
Sub-Post Office
Newsagent and Confectionery
Post Office services
/11/2015
/11/2015
Open
Open
No. 2Vacant--20152017
No. 3Elizabeth LouiseHair, Beauty, Nails Sunbedc./10/2016Open
No. 4Footcare ChiropodistsFootcarec.2016Open
No. 5Kimz Coffee & GrillCafe2016Open
No. 6Domino'sPizza take-away/12/2015Open

Great Berry Centre
The small neighbourhood centre at Great Berry was opened in 1994. It was built on a field once belonging to the former Great Berry Farm and close to the original Forest Glade footpath which led to the Berry Park estate.

Other amenities within the centre are Langdon Hills Medical Centre in Unit 2, and in Unit 1 a hall for the Great Berry Residents Club called the Pavilion with licensed bar and function rooms.

Businesses past and present known to have traded there:

Nightingales
No. 6Great Berry Mini Market NewsagentNewsagent & Foodstore1990sOpen
No. 5Technicutz
Venus
Hairdressers
Hairdressing and Beauty Salon
2000s
25/04/2012
c.2012
Open
No. 4Great Berry PharmacyDispensing Chemist1990sOpen
No. 3Great Berry Off LicenceBeers, Wines, Spirits & Confectionery1990sOpen
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Page added: 2013
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Other points of interest:
(1) Following the fire and subsequent demolition of the Triangle McColl's opened a temporary shop on the site.

Text researched and written by William Cox, 2013.
Copyright © 2013, B. Cox - Basildon History Online. All rights reserved.

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