Old Photographs of Langdon Hills

These are photographs of properties South of the Railway

By Ian Mott

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This page was added by Ian Mott on 13/04/2011.
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Thank you Nina for your response and post about Glenwood Lodge. I apologise for this late thanks and am absolutely delighted by it. Regards Bob

By Bob Stewart
On 14/06/2017

Alan Davies, yes I agree with what you are saying about the area north of the railway. The things I miss most are the old shops I was once familiar with. There are two shops at Durham Road still standing, I was trying to rack my brains as to where Archer Clarke had his bicycle and toy shop but it escapes me when I drive there because of the annoying traffic signals which guard the station area. Further down there is a huge open zone with new housing being built far to its left while on the right hand side it looks as if a mad architect had been let loose to cause as much visual intrusion on the area as possible.

Moving on, the Laindon Shopping Centre should be bulldozed as soon as possible and it is not until we reach the area beyond St Nicholas Lane when things become recognisable again, the sweep of pretty houses on the right with Sabrina and Marilyn proudly still showing their bay windows followed by the creepy house Fair Natal and then Nicholl Road with your own King Edward Terrace on the left hand side.  Going north further the old LHR school has now become a reasonable Bellway housing development and there are still one or two houses on the High Road beyond that which are recognisable, including the one with the weird spider like tree in the front garden. All in all, a bit disappointing for old fellas like us who remember it being better back in the day.

By Richard Haines
On 21/01/2017

I agree with much of Richard's comment. We were almost neighbours as we lived at 2 King Edward Terrace (still there) although not at the same time. I also walked to the station every morning to catch the train into the city. I left in 1955. I have been back twice in the last two years and am befuddled by the changes around the station. While Langdon Hills looks quite cheerful, upmarket, and improved, once one crosses the railway bridge heading north the entire High Road strikes me as being rather tasteless and depressing. Did you feel the same Richard?

By Alan Davies
On 21/01/2017

I had to meet one of my young team at Laindon Station last Monday at 8.00 am. The area around the station is so completely different from how I remember it and it was buzzing with commuters and their cars. Last time I recall going there in 1963 I was 16, now I am 69 so you would expect things to have changed over the years. I recall my Dad walking from Nichol Road up to the station and back every day when he worked in Manor Park in 1957, just after we moved to Laindon. Although much has changed, our house, which was brand new then, is still standing and it is remarkable how close it is to the site of LHR school. Such a short walk every day, and such happy times. In the afternoon on Monday we returned to Laindon for me to drop my colleague off for her return journey to Benfleet. She is only 20 so I wonder what changes she will notice in her lifetime, fascinating to imagine.

By Richard Haines
On 20/01/2017

Thank you Richard.  I totally agree with you.  Those houses certainly were grand.  Sadly that area is very different now but at least we have some wonderful old photographs to look at.

By Nina Humphrey(née Burton)
On 19/01/2017

Nina what a fabulous piece of research on this interesting area of Laindon. Fascinating to see how houses can have such a history of people living in them through the years. Shame such beautiful houses had to be demolished.

By Richard Haines
On 19/01/2017

Glenwood Lodge is shown in the above photo (thought to be the third from the left).  There were four almost identical houses.  ‘Midhurst’, ‘Avondale’, ‘Glenwood Lodge” and 'Rosemary Lodge'.    

These houses stood on the west side of High Road, Langdon Hills, just before Laindon Station which is located 250 yards to the north.

The 1911 Census shows the following in residence at 'Glenwood Lodge' (8 rooms):- Harry James Sherriff age 36 (described as ‘Civil Engineer’s Assistant’ – Electric Tramways). Rose Sherriff age 37.  Harry Maynard Sherriff age 10.  Clarence King Sherriff age 7.  Clarice Sherriff age 7.  Ruth Sherriff age 5.  Anita Sherriff age 2.

Ruth was born in Camberwell in 1905 and Anita was born in Billericay in 1908.  Therefore it would appear that the family had moved into 'Glenwood Lodge' sometime between those dates.

The 1929 Electoral Register shows the residents of 'Glenwood Lodge' were:- Harry James Sherriff, Harry Maynard Sherriff, Clarence King Sherriff, Clarice Sherriff and Ruth Sherriff.

Harry James Sherriff married his second wife, Lydia O Nash in Billericay 1935.  He died 04.09.1947.

The 1949 Electoral Register shows the residents of 'Glenwood Lodge' were:-  Lydia O Sherriff, George and Cecilia Ansell plus Harold Skinner,

The 1962 Electoral Register shows the residents of 'Glenwood Lodge' were:- Lydia O Sherriff plus Robert G and Ivy L Nash.

When these houses were demolished, the road was straightened and a roundabout installed.  

By Nina Humphrey(née Burton)
On 19/01/2017

Does anyone have a photo of Glenwood Lodge that existed in High Road, Langdon Hills until it was demolished before 1974? It was owned by the Sherriffs whose family history I am researching. Bob Stewart N.Z.

By Bob Stewart
On 19/01/2017

But I remember seeing a map from the 1800s showing the railway line and the road crossing it without bends. The road would appear to pass behind Churchill Johnsons, and go across Hall's coal yard.

Editor: The railway did not exist until 1886, I am at present looking at a map dated 1876 and the road, which still had not been named, shows a distinct s-bend with a side road going off to 'Little Gubbins Farm'.  The farm was demolished to build the station and railway towards Pitsea. The road that went down besides 'Churchill Johnson' was Northumberland Avenue which was not built until after the railway was complete. The only other road was the entrance to the station and yard. If you click on this link it might throw some more light on the level crossing.

By Martin Robinson
On 27/01/2012

This view is looking north from just beyond Vowler Road, and of a time before Pepperells was built. Also, it must have been before the bridge was built and crossing of the railway line was by level crossing. It would be good to know the year. My father claimed that bridge was built at the same time as the railway, but that clearly was not the case as the configuration of both the northerly and southerly approaches to it were strange to say the least. Also, it was quite obvious from the positioning of the shopping parade of which Peter's Hairdressers was a part, that that was in fact the original main road, going down towards the level crossing.

Editor: If you look just between the house and the tree you can see the white post and rail fence that lines the ramp to the bridge. The other road to the side of the bridge went to Salisbury Avenue. The bends in the High Road, by the station, were there before the railway was built, reason yet to Be ascertained.

By Martin Robinson
On 26/01/2012
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