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Memories of Basildon

Childhood In Basildon

Me and my mum moved to Basildon in 1958 and my mum was highly delighted when she was awarded a council house after our grotty flat in London. I was very happy there when I was young, as there were fields to roam, ponds to fish and lots of open space. I went to Woodlands Girls School between 1964-69 and was happy ...Read full memory

A memory of Basildon by Sue Dunesby

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 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

Prince Philips Visit

I was born in Billericay in 1954 and lived in Church Road, Laindon . I remember my mother and grandmother taking me to see Prince Philip when he visited Basildon. I was only a small child but I do remember seeing him walking past us as we stood outside Rumbelows, my grandmother told my mother on the way home she thought Prince Philip looked taller on television! Happy days,

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

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

Wedding Day

I was married in All Saints church on 6th July 1974 sadly it did not last but seeing the church has brought back lots of happy memories. Does anyone know if the church is still in use?

A memory of Basildon by Brenda Taylor

Band Meeting Place

I can remember in my youth, meeting here as a member of the Basildon drum and trumpet corp, we used to march up the slope and into the town square where we did our display. That was in the 1970s.

A memory of Basildon by John Harrison

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

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