Other local history books|
The following is a list of other books and publications that might be of
interest to those seeking information on local history in the Thundersley area. Please note,
the list is far from comprehensive and even some of these titles are becoming scarce but can
serve as a guide to what is available.
As with the Basildon books, these titles are well written, often by local authors with factual information and stories recounting the 'old days'.
Contained along with the text are a wealth of old photographs and picture postcards.
Hadleigh: An Essex Village
M. Hancock & S. Harvey
Phillimore & CO. Ltd
Hadleigh remained a quiet, backward village until the the turn of the
20th century, allowing progress to pass it by. However, the break-up of the big farming estates
into development areas: the 'invasion' of the Salvation Army for the establishment of their
Home Farm Colony, and a widened main road providing a direct route for hordes of trippers
bound for the coast, all led to the village, with some reluctance, becoming a town.
This was the first book about Hadleigh to be written and the two local authors, Marion Hancock
and Sandra Harvey, went to great lengths to access historical records and to obtain old
photographs. It is unlike many other local history books published in the last 20 years which
often contain only old photographs with a caption. 'Hadleigh' has detailed chapters on many
aspects of the town's history, plus the photographs, and several illustrations and maps,
drawn by Sandra.
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