Basildon, Market Place c.1960

Neg. B438040

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Basildon's market opened on 6 September 1958. The caravan on the left is the Basildon School of Motoring's mobile office; the one on the right is a fish stall, offering skate, crabs, live eels and 'new season Scotch kippers - full of oil'. The ladies' calf-length, wide-collared hats are typical of the era.

Memories of Basildon

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

Remember This School Vividly

I remember going to this school not long after it opened, I went to school with a girl called Magdeline Wrenn who was my best friend at the time, unfortunately my parents decided to emigrate to Australia, and we left Tilbury Docks Xmas Eve 1960 arriving Australia Day January 26th 1961 though I have been back to ...Read full memory

A memory of Basildon by prjwilliams

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