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Ghyllgrove Sub-Centre: Butneys

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The small sub-centre at Butneys was the first phase of a small neighbourhood centre planned for the Ghyllgrove housing area of Basildon. Construction work began on 11th August 1960, being completed the following year* on 30th March, 1961. Two flats, built above the shops, and five garages completed the first phase.

Other local amenities in Butneys include the Barnet Centre, completed over Christmas 1963, which is licenced and holds regular social evenings, and a doctor's surgery, although facing The Gore has its access off Butneys. This became a small cafe around 2021. Milford Hall, community building built in the 1970s by Basildon Development Corporation, was a later addition standing on the opposite side behind the surgery. This hall was later demolished for housing in the 2010s.

Below are some of the past and present traders to have occupied the units.

No. 1Shead (W. Shead) (N. Shead)
Newsagent and tobacconist
Newsagent and confectionery
No. 3Rowe
Self-service grocer
Groceries and provisions
Page added: 2013
Other points of interest:

1) Part of the Ghyllgrove 3 housing estate was developed on land originally designated as parkland in the Corporation's Master Plan for the new town.

2) Shead's newsagent's had previously traded in High Road, Vange.

3) Rowe's grocery business at No. 3 Butneys was run by Arthur T. Rowe whose family had moved to Vange from Poplar, east London. In 1921 his father Theodore purchased a dairy and milk delivery business at London Road, Vange which survived to 1952 when it was sold, though the family name then continued when a grocery shop in Vange opened in the 1950s. This was later compulsory purchased. Source: The Architect & Building News, 6th June 1962.

4) Hinckfield Place residential development, constructed in the 2010s on behalf of Family Mosaic Housing Association and consisting of properties numbered 2 - 18, now occupies the site of the former Milford Hall.

Text researched and written by William Cox, 2013.
Copyright © 2013, B. Cox - Basildon History Online. All rights reserved.

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