1950 New Town Street Plan of Basildon|
1) Basildon Street Map - Part One
Street Map - Part Two Basildon/Lee Chapel/Vange
Street Map - Part Three Nevendon/Pitsea
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This street plan of Basildon New Town Area was produced by G.I. Barnett (now G.I. Barnett & Son), publishers & cartographers. They
began publishing local area street plans in 1951 and this is believed to be from the earliest
known example that exists of Basildon.
The street plan of Basildon New Town Circa 1950 is shown in three separate sections.
References to Ward numbers in capitals i.e. WARD No.6 (BURSTEAD-LAINDON) represent the then
Billericay Urban District Council polling Wards that existed from 1937 to February 1959 of which
parts of 4 of the 6 Wards fell within the designated area of the new town. The boundary of the
designated area is shown shaded with a black tracer line. Other notable features are also shown
such as churches, schools, farms etc.
The area chosen for the site of the town centre is shown on map two, but as development had
not yet begun, the area between the railway line and Hotwater Lane can be used as a guide to its eventual placement.
Some roads that
survived the redevelopment, such as Church Road, High Road and London Road, Vange, Tylers Avenue in Laindon
and the Laindon High Road can be seen, along with Timberlog Lane which was later truncated at both
ends with sections later renamed Clay Hill Road, Timberlog Close and Craylands. Also of note is
Rectory Road, Basildon, where Basildon Rectory once stood and now the site of The Tractor Plant
in Cranes Farm Road. A small section still survives in what is now called Gardiners Close off
Gardiners Lane South.
The only clue as to the coming development can be seen on the third map, where the Nevendon
Industrial Area (No.1) was then currently under construction.