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Paynters Hill Off Licence - Vange Paynters Hill Off Licence - Vange Cottages, Paynters Hill - Vange
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Location: Paynters Hill, Vange
Photographer: Thomas Barnes
Year of photo: circa 1986
Copyright: Thomas Barnes
Source: Thomas Barnes
Comments: At the time this photo was taken the stores were closed and awaiting its fate. A former proprietor was Wally Blackshield who with his wife Mary ran it from March 1962.
Location: London Road, Vange
Photographer: Thomas Barnes
Year of Photo: circa 1986
Copyright: Thomas Barnes
Source: Thomas Barnes
Comments: Seen today the turning upside the building is still there providing a driveway to the surgery car park. A telephone box still stands to the right of the turning - though of an updated design and no longer the once familiar red associated with public call boxes.
Location: London Road, Vange
Photographer: Thomas Barnes
Year of photo: circa 1986
Copyright: Thomas Barnes
Source: Thomas Barnes
Comments: These cottages now form the remainder of Paynters Hill.
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Paynters Hill Off Licence - Vange Paynters Hill - Vange Vange War Memorial, Paynters Hill - Vange
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Location: Paynters Hill, Vange
Photographer: Dave Clark
Year of photo: 1986
Copyright: Dave Clark
Source: Dave Clark
Comments: Another late photo showing an overgrown Paynters Hill - bollards now resticting vehicular access. A single telegraph pole; a reminder that houses once stood there.
Location: Paynters Hill, Vange
Photographer: Unknown
Year of photo: circa 1930
Copyright: N/A
Comments: A commercial postcard view looking up Paynters Hill.
Location: Paynters Hill, Vange
Photographer: Unknown
Year of Photo: circa 1930s
Copyright: Scan © Basildon History
Source: Bix
Comments: The war memorial and the view looking down Paynters Hill with an unbroken line of chalet style housing.
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War Memorial, Paynters Hill - Vange Paynters Hill - Vange London Road junction with Paynters Hill - Vange
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Location: Paynters Hill, Vange
Photographer: Unknown
Year of photo: circa 1925
Copyright: N/A
Comments: The War Memorial in its original location.
Location: Paynters Hill, Vange
Photographer: Unknown
Year of photo: circa 1925
Copyright: N/A
Comments: Another commercial view.
Location: London Road, Vange
Photographer: Unknown
Year of photo: circa 1925
Copyright: N/A
Comments: London Road at the junction with Paynters Hill, possibly taken in the years following the by-pass.
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The Off Licence stores stood at No.1 Paynters Hill, off London Road, Vange. Following closure in the 1980s the building was demolished and the Southview Park Surgery now stands on the site.

Paynters Hill, (sometimes seen as Painters Hill), had originally been part of the course of London Road but sometime, possibly in 1924, the County Council approved a by-pass proposal to realign London Road to eliminate the bend and hill climb and in doing so this section then became a separate road. There is still a small section left at the eastern end (though not recognised by name on local maps) where two occupied cottages that pre-date the New Town stand.

The remaining area, including the site of the Vange War Memorial, is built over with housing and a small neighbourhood centre at what is now Marsh View Court.

The War Memorial that once stood at the top of the hill, having been unveiled in November 1922, still exists, and can now be seen on the green in front of St. Chad's Church in Clay Hill Road, close to the Barge public house.

Page added: 2002
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Other points of interest:
(1) At the time of the Paynters Hill by-pass the road was said to be in very bad condition. In late 1924 Essex County Council's Highways Committee put aside £3,313 for its construction.

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

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