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Laindon: (1) Somercotes, Kathleen Ferrier Crescent and Hoover Drive


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Shops at Kathleen Ferrier Crescent - Laindon Shops at Kathleen Ferrier Crescent - Laindon Shops at Somercotes - Laindon
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Location: Kathleen Ferrier Crescent
Photographer: Bix
Year of photo: 27/11/2002
Copyright: Basildon History Online
Comments:
Location: Kathleen Ferrier Crescent
Photographer: Bix
Year of photo: 27/11/2002
Copyright: Basildon History Online
Comments:
Location: Somercotes
Photographer: Stuart Wilson
Year of photo: 2006
Copyright: Stuart Wilson
Source: Stuart Wilson
Comments: Taken at the time of the Five Links redevelopment phase.
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Pound Lane Estate
The shops at 81, 83 and 85 Kathleen Ferrier Crescent in Laindon were created to serve the then new council estate which had been under construction from around 1954 onwards. The three units were completed in August 1956 and began opening the following month.

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

Kathleen Ferrier CrescentOpenClosed
No. 81Gordon K. Dawe
Forbuoys
Newsbuoys
Premier - Newsbuoys
Newsagents and confectioners
Newsagents and confectioners
Newsagents and confectioners
Newsagents and confectioners
1960s
c.1974
 
2010s
1970s
--
2010s
Open
No. 83Wavy Line - Reids Foodstore (John S. Reid)
A.C.T.
Premier - Convenience Store
Supermarket
Foodstore
Foodstore
1967
 
2010s
1973
2010s
Open
No. 85??
??
Inkin Ian's Inkspot (Ian Knell)
Video hire
Hairdressers
Tattoo & Body Piercing
--
--
c.1997
--
--
Open

Laindon West
The neighbourhood centre at Presidents Court, Hoover Drive was built in the 1980s.

Some of the past and present traders are listed below:

Hoover DriveOpenClosed
No. 48Ho-HoTake-away  
No. 50Londis
Premier
Foodstore
Foodstore
1980s
 
--
 
No. 52 
 
Sonal Tandoori
Chemist
Video Hire
Take-away
1980s
--
 
--
--
 

Five Links
A small neighbourhood centre comprising three units on the Five Links estate was built in Somercotes around 1973, some years after the houses had been completed. The first to occupy the new units were Martin the Newsagent at No. 200, V.G. Foodstore at 201 and Jill's Ladies Hairdressers at 202. From October 2016 all three units were renamed and given new numbers. See below.

Businesses known to have traded there include:

Somercotes (to 3rd October, 2016)OpenClosed
No. 200Martin the Newsagent (Goyal)
Newsbuoys
Newsagent and confectionery
Newsagent and confectionery
1973
--
 
--
No. 201V.G. Foodstore
A & T.A. Patel
Londis
Foodstore
Foodstore
Foodstore
1973
1990s
--
 
2000s
 
No. 202Jill's
Heads Together
Video Hire
Lovell's Site Office
Five Links Residents Association
Busy Bees Pre-School
Ladies Hairdressers
Ladies and Gentlemens Hairdressing
Video hire
Building Contractors Office
Residents Association Headquarters
Nursery
1973
c.1978
1990s
2000s
2000s
2014
c.1978
--
--
2000s
2014
 

2016 renaming of Somercotes
As part of the ongoing regeneration of the Five Links housing estate landlords Basildon Council gradually introduced new street names to replace the original names. Following court proceedings in which the council on appeal successfully overturned a residents led case to retain the existing names, the shops at Somercotes were renamed 24, 25 and 26 Elizabeth Court from 4th October, 2016.

Businesses known to have traded there include:

Elizabeth Court (from 4th October, 2016) OpenClosed
No. 24LondisNewsagent and Foodstore  
No. 25Empty unit -- 
No. 26Busy Bees Pre-SchoolNursery2014 
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Page added: 2013
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Other points of interest:
(1) Busy Bees Pre-School took over 202 Somercotes following a major fire at their former base at the Bluehouse Centre in Laindon Link.

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

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