Basildon, Town Centre c.1960

Memories of Basildon


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)

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)

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)

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,

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