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Tuesday December 15, 2009 17:39:17 pm
Name: Emma Dawson
Town/Country: Masala, Finland
How I got here: Another Website Link
Comments: My grandparents live in Basildon and every summer we come from Finland to visit them for a week or two.
Friday December 4, 2009 23:59:09 pm Email
Name: Brian Baylis
Town/Country: Norfolk
How I got here: Regular Visitor
Comments: Marion, was the butcher named Ray Williamson by any chance? If so, I knew him as a mate back in the early 60's.

In the meantime, to all who visit this lovely website, including Admin for running it, I personally wish you ALL a Very Merry Christmas for 2009 and a Very Happy & Better New Year for 2010.
Monday September 7, 2009 16:59:42 pm Email
Name: marion pidgeon
Town/Country: Laindon
How I got here: Regular Visitor
Comments: Does anyone remember the name of the curly haired man who delivered bread in Laindon area in sixties.
a family dispute evolved while reminiscing about Ray the Butcher who delivered in the same area at the same time.
some of us say it was Trevor, some say Jerry.
I lived in Roberts Road, and he delivered to my friend in Tattenham Road.
Thursday August 20, 2009 19:58:27 pm Email
Name: tracy philpot (was hymas)
Town/Country: benfleet
How I got here: Just Surfed In
Comments: i'm looking for a picture of a pub that became my parents home in nevendon. it was called 'the cricketers' (not the jolly cricketers) and stood where carsons factory did until recently. my gran lived in one half and my parents in the other. i remember hearing that the hunt left or finished there. my great uncle (leslie hymas) is named on the war memorial at st. peters church. definately will be putting this site into my favourites.
Saturday August 15, 2009 19:18:19 pm Email
Name: Ron Iverson
Town/Country: Ashland, Oregon USA
How I got here: Other
Comments: My grandmother grew up in Vange. I was just looking at a few photos she left us. One, I think from the 1920s, shows a sort of stone cross identified as a World War I memorial in Vange. Wonder if it is still there.
Sunday August 9, 2009 16:09:32 pm Email
Name: Marion Pidgeon nee Pinner
Town/Country: Benfleet
How I got here: Search Engine
Comments: Just found this great website and read through all the messages back to 2001. There is a message there from Moira (greaves) remembering her grandparents the Mathesons. Tried to e mail her but have had it returned. If anyone who knows her reads this would love her to get in touch. we have Family connections.
Will add some memories of Pitsea when time allows.

Marion Pidgeon
Thursday July 30, 2009 12:34:29 pm Email
Name: Jim Green (Mr. Jim)
How I got here: Regular Visitor
Comments: I was a Postman in Basildon from 1960 to 1967 working out of the PDO (old scouts hut in Luncies Road) and Laindon Sorting Office in Laindon High Road (gone now) and later on in the Basildon Town Centre office. If there are any old postmen living out there or relatives etc I would love to hear from you. I live in Cyprus now but will never forget those lovely days with such great people I worked with.
Wednesday July 29, 2009 21:46:39 pm Email
Name: Gerry (Gerald) Ward
Town/Country: Kitchener, Ontario, Canada
How I got here: Occasional Visitor
Comments: I was born in Laindon (The Nook, Pound Lane) in 1947. We moved away and returned in 1954 to Great Spenders. In 1974 I emigrated with my family to Canada where I have been ever since.

I still think of the old beauty of the town!
Monday July 27, 2009 21:43:41 pm Email
Name: Sean O'Brien
Town/Country: Canvey Island
How I got here: Just Surfed In
Comments: Grew up in Vange during the 1970's. There has been a lot of changes since then. As I look back further, at the old pictures it looked a great place to live. Lovely countryside and no doubt a great community spirit. I would love to go back in time say to the early fifties, and check out the whole area. Oh well i can dream.
Monday July 6, 2009 07:12:02 am Email
Name: Patrick Price
Town/Country: Langdon Hills
How I got here: Search Engine
Comments: Have been in the area when our Mother purchased a Chalet on the Plotlands, through Vowler Rd onto Berry Lane, to the Farm track onto Hilltop Rise, circ.1956. Clearly remember walking down to the standpipe for water, trying to get the car through the mud up First Ave / Second Ave, now Manderville Way, that was an unmade Rd, then through the Caravan park at Lower Dunton Rd, for our food ect. As time went on i remember tipping rubble for the builders where Marks and Spencers now stands, then when the Commision for new Town Comp purchased all the Land. Happy days.
Friday June 12, 2009 12:12:34 pm My Website Link Email
Name: Michael Leigh
Town/Country: Northwich
How I got here: Search Engine
Comments: Fascinated to read all the comments and to see the old photos. I have fond memories of Basildon, Pitsea and Vange in the 50's and 60's. I lived in Luncies Road when the farm was still there and we had fields all around. Went to local primary and Timberlog School which I hated. Only nice teacher was Mr. Willis who taught art. Probably why I went on to study art at Southend in 1962.
My sisters still live in the area so go back once and awhile and sad to see it's changed so much over the years.
Sunday June 7, 2009 20:09:43 pm
Name: Dave Beerry
How I got here: Regular Visitor
Comments: Hi there, great website for me.
Sunday May 31, 2009 09:04:15 am Email
Name: Mike Fruin
Town/Country: Tasmania, Australia
How I got here: Regular Visitor
Comments: I too was a second generation resident and was given a flat in Clay Hill Rd when I married in 1958, having lived in Danbury Down since 1955.
I remember two Stacey brothers having shops at Staceys Corner. One had the newsagent and the other had the hardware shop. I worked for both of them as a 15/16 year old.
There was a music shop on the corner of the block where I ordered in the first Elvis Presley LP!
Wednesday May 27, 2009 19:36:37 pm Email
Name: Duncan Grant
Town/Country: Basildon
How I got here: Regular Visitor
Comments: Hi I am looking for information with regards to Mopsies Park & Staceys Corner to which I have very strong family connections?
Monday May 25, 2009 09:24:59 am Email
Name: Tracy Phillips nee Ward
Town/Country: NZ
How I got here: Just Surfed In
Comments: My family came from East Ham to live on the Bluehouse Estate in 1966. We lived at 50 The Lynge then moved to 9 The Lynge. I remember the Rigg family who were our neighbours who moved to Rising Grove. I went to Bluehouse primary and Mr Goodwin was headmaster. My teachers were Mrs Wilcox, Mr Mitchell, Mrs Memmot and Mr Gifford. We had a great childhood and were happy on the estate. My dad worked for Marconi Elliott and in 1973 we emigrated to NZ. Any of me class mates out there??
Monday May 18, 2009 19:11:40 pm Email
Name: Jess Pearce
Town/Country: Maidstone
How I got here: Just Surfed In
Comments: Wow! some old memories jogged! Such a shame so many or the pubs are now horrible flats. They were land marks for giving directions as nearly every major street junction had a pub on the corner. It was a big big shame tat there town centre was expanded in the way it was, looks more like Leggo land than ever! I am one of the original second generation, and my family were given a council house as they helped to build some of the houses.
Saturday May 2, 2009 17:36:26 pm My Website Link
Name: **David Taylors World**
Town/Country: Basildon
How I got here: Just Surfed In
Comments: "Basildon has a past, but does it have a future ... ?

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Saturday May 2, 2009 12:21:15 pm Email
Name: andrea cunningham
Town/Country: billingham
How I got here: Just Surfed In
Comments: Hi i was wondering if anyone can remember a Noel Eric Willis who lived at gleanings st berry's lane around 1954.....he was a draughtsman.....thank you
Tuesday March 24, 2009 17:15:44 pm Email
Name: Gail
Town/Country: Oshawa, Ontario, Canada
How I got here: Just Surfed In
Comments: Hi,
I am hoping and praying that someone out there can help me. My Dad remembers going to Langdon Hills as a boy and staying in a bungalow/cottage called ONCLAYED. I have found out that it was on Salisbury Ave. and may have been named after the name Claydon but that's it. If anyone out there remembers it at all and who it belonged to I would be so grateful.
Great site, very interesting and informative.
Friday March 13, 2009 16:00:49 pm Email
Name: keith nock
Town/Country: ss9 5ry
How I got here: Just Surfed In
Comments: hi i was born in laindon 1950 in bungalow called ashdene my name is keith nock i worked at tonibell for 15years then moved to royston ave
Thursday February 5, 2009 19:51:04 pm Email
Name: Denis Cameron
How I got here: Search Engine
Comments: What a great site. I was brought up in Burnt Mills Road in the late 60's early 70's and now live in South Benfleet. I spent many an hour fishing the small ponds and wandering over the fields and along the many unmade roads that criss crossed Rectory Road. I went to Nevendon school and then Chalvedon comp. I often take my children to visit my old haunts, unfortunately many are now built on but there are still a few that remain. It's funny to see the photos of the old junk shop at the junction of Burnt Mills and Rectory Road. I was wondering if anyone can remember Edward Road that was near Cecil Drive off Rectory Road, and when it dissapeared? My nan and grandad lived hear and i spent a lot of time there. Thanks again for a great site.
Tuesday January 6, 2009 21:49:31 pm Email
Name: Ann Burgess
Town/Country: Cornwall
How I got here: Another Website Link
Comments: Great reading about my old schools Janet Duke I was there before it was even renamed after the headmistress and then moved on to the new opened Bluehouse. My father built our bungalow in Pound Lane, Laindon + alot more of Basildon in the mid 50`s wonder if it`s still there. Moved away in the late 60`s as the area was purchased by the council for redevelopment, but I don`t think it was. Came back a few times while still living in Maldon area for the shops in late 60`s and what great shops!!!. Very fond memories of Laindon/Basildon in development times and the heat in the concrete jungle as we use to call it looks better now with the all greenery. (google earth)
Monday January 5, 2009 15:55:45 pm My Website Link Email
Name: Brian Baylis
Town/Country: West Norfolk - Ex Laindon
How I got here: Regular Visitor
Comments: So Basildon Town Centre is now 60 and celebrations are taking place. I Sincerely hope many of us who were around then, will continue to share a lot more memories on this website.

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