Basildon, Essex
Photos, Maps, Books and Memories

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

I Still Live Here

My mum and dad came from Tottenham and Edmonton, they moved to Danbury Down, my mum and dad were offered the house because my dad worked for Mobil Oil. The nearest shops were Staceys Corner, the 16 shops. Then on a bike ride my dad found Little Bentley, he asked the foreman who was building a 4 bed house if he could have ...Read full memory

A memory of Basildon by Amanda Fouche

First Families

We moved to The Gore, in about 1962. My brother was born here. Our family lived at number 83, and up until 2000, no other family had ever lived there. We moved in when the other end of the road was still being finished. I went to Gyhllgrove School, and can remember my first teacher, 1965, being a Miss Mehtha, an Asian lady. On ...Read full memory

A memory of Basildon by Jess Pearce

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