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Basildon, Essex
Photos, Maps, Books and Memories

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

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