Regional Shopping Centres|
Vange: (1) Church Road and Clay Hill Road
Year of photo:
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The three shop units at Church Road were built and opened in
1954. The development corporation considered them pantry shops and built others at Pendle Drive, Whitmore Way and
Below are some of the traders past and present to have occupied the units.
|No. 1||P.D. Green (Peter Derek Green) (& from 1964 at 16A Woolmergreen, Lee Chapel North)|
|No. 3||Grays Co-operative Society Ltd. (Co-op)|
|Newsagents and Confectioners|
Newsagents and Confectioners
The neighbourhood centre at Vange was built to replace
the existing shops in Bull Road (later renamed Clay Hill Road) which were considered sub-standard. Approval for the development, which would include
34 houses, 24 flats and up to 41 garages, was given by the Minister of Housing & Local Government in June 1960, although work on the shops did not
proceed until 1962. They were completed in 1963.
Eight shop units formed the core development with the addition of a
public house and a small single-storey detached shop (No. 467), built to the rear of the main parade at the end of a row of
garages (long since demolished).
Future development included a library and health centre.
Some of the many businesses past and present can be seen
|Clay Hill Road||Open||Closed|
|No. 453||V.G. Foodstore (Mr. W.D.J. Wright & Son)|
Taste of Bombay
|No. 455||J.C.P. Travel Holidays|
Heidi (Mrs. Heidi Johnson)
International Hair Stylists
|No. 457||H. Morrell|
|Greengrocer and fruiterer|
Greengrocer and fruiterer
|No. 459||Seely (J.G.H. Seely)|
|No. 461||W. Beaumont|
|No. 463||Basildon Electrical Service|
Odds and Cods
|No. 465||Basildon Development Corporation|
Wind & McCready
|Barstable and Vange District Office|
|No. 467||R.H. Dearing (Ronald Dearing)|
Videos and video game rentals
Take-away and delivery Pizza service
|No. 469||The Bull/Powerhouse||Public house and off licence||1961||1998|
|Page added: 2013|
|Other points of interest:|
1) Seely's butchers, run by Jess Seely, were another family
run business previously based at 48 High Road, Vange from 1934 to around 1967.
2) J.C.P. Travel Holidays were previously based at 7 High Road, Vange from 1958 to c.1964.
3) Conduit was George Conduit who previously traded at 66 High Road, Vange.
Text researched and written by William Cox, 2013.
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