Basildon, Essex
Photos, Maps, Books and Memories

Historic maps of Basildon and the local area, hand-drawn by Ordnance Survey cartographers and Samuel Lewis.

Before The Town Centre Was Built ...

My family came to Basildon in 1957 as part of the overspill from London. My late father was a toolmaker and was offered a job and a house. Money was tight and we made out own entertainment. Collecting wood from the fields where the town centre now stands, fruit picking from the cleared lots waiting for ...Read full memory

A memory of Basildon by Susan White

I Hate Basildon

Having moved at the horrid age of 13 years to Basildon from Hornchurch in the early 1960, I found the surrounding countryside a wee bit scary. Now I love the countryside and could never live in a town again and with that moved to the S.W. I hate Basildon because what started as country town ended up as a thug-filled town ...Read full memory

A memory of Basildon by Colin Wonfor

Happy Past

Mr. Whippy ice cream factory in cranes farm road. Before this road was build we used to go up Whitmore way turn left at church road and come out at York Shipley or walk across the jolly friar to get the bus.. who remembers ??. A 18 I got the job as barman at the LAINDON HOTEL, worked there for a year enjoyed it very ...Read full memory

A memory of Basildon