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1950 Street Map
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1950 New Town Street Plan of Basildon

1) Basildon Street Map - Part One Dunton/Laindon/Langdon Hills

2) Basildon Street Map - Part Two Basildon/Lee Chapel/Vange

3) Basildon Street Map - Part Three Nevendon/Pitsea

Please note: These maps are of a large file size so loading may be slow.

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.

Page added: 2002

Text researched and written by William Cox, 2002.
Copyright © 2002, B. Cox - Basildon History Online. All rights reserved.
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