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Lee Chapel North: Neighbourhood Centre, Ballards Walk
Woolmergreen and Trindehay


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Lee Chapel North Neighbourhood Centre Lee Chapel North Neighbourhood Centre Lee Chapel North Neighbourhood Centre
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Location: Ballards Walk
Photographer: Bix
Year of photo: 01/05/2013
Copyright: Basildon History Online
Comments: Beez Neez Café, previously Auto-Mart car spares.
Location: Ballards Walk
Photographer: Bix
Year of photo: 01/05/2013
Copyright: Basildon History Online
Comments: Costcutter, which expanded into unit 43.
Location: Ballards Walk
Photographer: Bix
Year of photo: 01/05/2013
Copyright: Basildon History Online
Comments: Adam's Fish Bar on the paved approach to the main shops.
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Lee Chapel North Neighbourhood Centre    
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Location: Ballards Walk
Photographer: Bix
Year of photo: 13/11/2006
Copyright: Basildon History Online
Comments: The Local off licence which took over from Victoria Wine in the 2000s.
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Ballards Walk
The neighbourhood shopping centre at Ballards Walk in Lee Chapel North was under construction from late 1962 with the first units opening for business during November and December 1963. The 10 units being numbered 29 to 47 odd. Unit 47 was not part of the main parade, being detached and located on a side approach walkway adjacent to the public toilets.

A sub-post office called St. Paul's was also provided and this is located within number 43. In the late 2000s number 45 (Costcutter) was combined with number 43 to create a single larger shop.

Adjoining the neighbourhood centre is the Lee Chapel North Community Centre, opened in October 1964, and St. Paul's Methodist Church and Hall, which opened in June 1968; services being previously held in a builders cabin. The community centre has a postbox set within its outer wall.

A public house and off licence, the Plough and Tractor, opened in 1964, and a raised block of maisonettes also share the same site. The pub's off licence later closed in the 1980s.

A car park for the shops and maisonettes was provided with two-way access until the late 1980s when it became one-way in. A public telephone box* was also provided and this initially stood under the maisonettes before being moved in late 1971 adjacent to St. Paul's methodist church. A second box was later added there but removed in the early 2000s.

To the rear of the shops are a number of rented garages, an enclosed communial washing line area for maisonette tenants, a dental surgery and Basildon Development Corporation's Lee Chapel North housing maintenance depot and rent office. The rent office closed in the early 1980s followed in the 1990s by the maintenance depot, which for a time was used by Pitsea based Hickley's Electrical. The depot along with some of the rented garages were then demolished and replaced with a small housing development called Swan Close.

The council maintained public toilets, located on a paved approach walkway, are now part of the community centre's inner extension having been closed in the late 1980s and their entrances bricked up.

Some of the past and present traders:

Ballards WalkOpenClosed
No. 29Peter's Hair Fashions
Uppercut
Hairdressers
Hairdressers
c.1964
1990s
c.1981
 
No. 31David Sames
E. Moss
Alliance Pharmacy
Boots
Dispensing Chemist
Pharmacy
Pharmacy
Pharmacy
c.1964
1980s
2000s
c.2010
1980s
2000s
c.2010
 
No. 33Barton's the Bakers
Auto Care
Beez Neez Café
Bakers
Car accessories
Café
c.1964
c.1980s
2000s
1980s
1990s
 
No. 35Harrington the Butcher
Victoria Wine
The Local
Wisebuys Local - The Off Licence
Butcher
Off Licence
Off Licence
Off Licence
1964
--
--
c.2009
1980s
--
c.2009
 
No. 37Peachey's Fresh Fare
Good Food
Ballards Wok
Greengrocer
Peking & Cantonese cuisine to take away
Chinese Take-away
c.1964
c.2000s
2010s
c.1990s
2010s
 
No. 39Forbuoys
Martin's
Newsagents, confectionery
Newsagents, confectionery
c.1964
c.2000
c.2000
 
No. 41L.A. Attreed
William Hill
Turf Accountants
Betting Shop
c.1964
1990s
1990s
 
No. 43W.A. Burles
R. Pullen (Robert Pullen)
Costcutter
Spar (Ravis Basildon Ltd.)
St. Paul's Sub-Post Office
Hardware, paraffin
Hardware, paraffin
General goods
General goods
Post office services
c.1964
c.1972
2000s
2016
1964
c.1972
2000s
2016
 
 
No. 45S & D Supermarket
A.T. Rowe
R.T. Burrage
Sanders Food Store
Costcutter
Spar (Ravis Basildon Ltd.)
Foodstore
Foodstore
Foodstore
Foodstore
Foodstore
Foodstore
c.1964
1970s
1980s
c.1990s
2000s
2016
1970s
c.1980s
c.1990s
2000s
2016
 
No. 47W.J. Broughall (Wally Broughall)
Adam's Fish Bar
Express shoe service
Fish and Chip Shop
c.1960s
Pre-/07/1983
1980s
 

Woolmergreen
The single shop in Woolmergreen is located within a block of maisonettes built by Basildon Development Corporation during the creation of the housing estate in the 1960s. The first to open there was P.D. Green, who also had a shop at Church Road, Vange.

Some of the shop traders known to have opened:

Woolmergreen
No. 16aP.D. Green
Trinity Food & Wine
General Store
Food and drink
1964
2000s
1980s
 
Trindehay
The single detached shop at Trindehay opened in the 1960s during the construction of the Lee Chapel North housing estate. It was single storey with a service yard being located on an irregular parcel of land at the end of the cul-de-sac Trindehay's roadway. In the 1980s the shop owners converted the rear of the shop for the hire of video films and in the mid 1990s a national lottery terminal was installed. In November 1999 the site was sold for £38,000 and the shop was closed around 2002 and demolished the following year. The site was then hoarded off and a number of residential planning applications have since been submitted but as of 2015 have yet to be approved.

Trindehay
No. 40E. Brennan (Ernie Brennan)
Brian & Val Petchey
Convenience Store & Video Hire
As above
c.1965
c.1980s
c.1980s
c.2002
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Page added: 2013
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Other points of interest:
(1) Peter's Hair Fashions business, founded by Peter Grimwood, originated in Langdon Hills. He opened other shops at Laindon, Lee Chapel South, Basildon and Vange.

(2) Peachey's Fresh Fare began in a small shop in High Road, Laindon by brothers Terry and David Peachey. The business grew to include a distribution depot at Bentalls on the Pipps Hill Industrial Estate.

(3) Barton's had a chain of over 40 shops in Essex and a bakery in Paycocke Road on the Nevendon Industrial Estate. The bakery is now closed though a new industrial development off Paycocke Road was named Bakers Court in recognition of the former business.

(4) Attreed relocated in 1990s to 2 Hemmels, High Road, Laindon.

(5) W.A. Burles previously traded in High Road, Laindon between Aston Road and Somerset Road.

(6) A.T. Rowe was run by Arthur Rowe whose father Theodore had purchased a dairy and milk delivery round in Vange in 1921. Rowe's later opened grocery shops at Vange and Butneys in Ghyllgrove.

(7) The public telephone box at Ballards Walk was one of the first 5 K8 designs to be introduced by the Post Office in July 1968. It was moved from its original location under the maisonette block in 1971 due to a wind tunnel effect which caused the door to be blown off during high winds.

(8) The postbox set within the community centre's side wall was manufactured by Allied Ironfounders Ltd. of Falkirk, Scotland.

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

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