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Gloria, just re-reading your article; many things are very familiar to my childhood in Laindon too. 

The secondhand arcade you mention might be Mr Hardy's - a gent who wore a black bowler hat? I loved going in there too, Aladdin's cave. 

Also, about accumulators being charged - I used to take ours to Paramounts, just further up on the same side of the road?

By Andrea
On 26/01/2013

Further to my comment in respect of the very old survivors of Laindon. Three other names have emerged from my memory as still being with us. Doris Connell (nee Lockett), Dolly James (nee Marshall) and Leonard Flack . I do hope that more will emerge as it is said that "Time like an ever rolling stream bears all its sons away" , but hopefully with the help of the Archives they will not die forgotten..

By W.H.Diment
On 23/01/2013

Barry commented on the 18/1/2013 that he had a photograph of a horse and cart in Windsor Road I have just added this to the site. 

Click to see

By Ian Mott
On 22/01/2013

It was sad to see that Doug Bonniface has died. While I did not know him very well, he was a friend of my late wife Peggy from her childhood days at Dunton. Peggy's maiden name was Hunt and she had three older brothers, all of whom are now dead. 

It seems that the Laindon teenagers of the 1930s' are all being whittled away. I can now only remember a few from that era who still survive, Hilda Porter (nee Pitt), Don Sheppard, Harry Rossiter (whom I only vaguely knew) and I am not sure about Cliff Cowell and Jack Goldingay. I believe there may be others out there and hope someone will name them as those who were part of the transition of Laindon appear to be very few and far between. 

By W.H.Diment
On 21/01/2013

Nina Thank you so much for that information. You have solved the mystery of where the name came from, something I have thought a lot about over the years. And to have names of former owners is great. 

When we purchased the place back in 1993 or 94 it was totally derelict and had been left empty for some years. It took 8 large skips to clear just the rubbish and then there was all the asbestos to contend with but we got over it and think it was worth all the hard work. 

The wooden frame to the bungalow was like new after the asbestos sheeting had been removed. All the internal doors are original with the original locks and keys we have also kept the cast iron fireplaces. 

If I remember right the family’s name I purchased it from was Padon but we never met them as it was all left in the hands of a solicitor thanks so much again.

By Barry Ellerby
On 20/01/2013

Barry. I may be able to help you. From your description I believe your bungalow is called “Ormvill” or “Ormevilla”. If correct, it appears to have been named after a former owner called Ormond Hook.

On the 1949 Electoral Register (shown as Ormeville), Ormond and Eliza Hook were living there with their daughter Eva. The 1949 survey describes the building as stucco and tiles, with 4 rooms, in good condition on a tidy plot. The 1929 Electoral Register shows the name as “Ormvill” again with Ormond Hook living there with his wife Eliza and daughter Eva. “Ormvill” isn’t listed on the 1918 Electoral Register indicating that it was built sometime between 1918 and 1929. The 1911 Census shows, Ormond (a labourer aged 43) and Eliza (age 41) living in East Ham with their three children. The BMD records show that Ormond Hook died in 1952 aged about 85. His daughter Eva died in 1968 aged about 69.

I live not far from you and find the history of the older buildings in the area fascinating.

By Nina Humphrey(née Burton)
On 20/01/2013

Hi gloria I found your article very intresting and a good read.

I have an old photo of two men on a horse and cart it was taken in Windsor Rd., next to the Winston Club this also looks more like a mule than a horse. I will try to get the photo put on the site so you can see it.

You talk about Berry Lane a bit where I live, right opposite Shakespeare Ave. We own the last wooden bungalow left in Laindon. It's nearly a hundred years old now and I have spent a fortune over the years trying to keep it looking how it should. You must have past it hundreds of times on the way to the recreation ground. 

You may even remember someone who lived in it? I am trying to find out about its past. Thanks for a good read

By Barry Ellerby
On 18/01/2013

Hi since my last comment to this page I took a phone call this morning and was told uncle Doug Bonnieface died this morning. He was 93 and a very active man, he died of a heart attack and did not suffer unlike my poor aunt who is devastated.

By Lyn Eleftheriades
On 17/01/2013

Hi my mums sister married a Boniface his name is Doug and is alive and well in his 90's! He still cycles to Laindon from Billericay to get the bread!

By Lyn Eleftheriades
On 11/01/2013

I would love to know which sister Mary Hawkins sister was friends in Billy Foyles family as it could be my mum! Please tell me, I am so excited to have found this site as have told my own sons that uncle bill had a horse that played football!

By Lyn Eleftheriades
On 11/01/2013

I do remember Mr Warren, wasn’t his first name Ellfy, always doing up cars in his side garden as I recall. Was his daughters name Mary, we called her Toppy for short? Toppy always reminded me of Ann of Greengables, and had a personality to match. Toppy was more of my older sister Carol friend than mine though. Didn’t Ellfy have a sister that lived just passed Lynn Davies house, just passed the little water bridge toward the white steps in Beatrice Lane. 

I seem to remember a rape of a young girl in Berry Lane on that little bridge, maybe in the early 70s even maybe late 60s come to think, I know they caught the man because I saw the black maria police car waiting to get him at the top of Berry Lane, near Langley’s grocery shop. Me and my sister were sitting at a table in the window of our bedroom and saw him pass the house that day and remarked that he looked like the description of a man in the paper that they were looking for. So we looked up the path to see if it could be him and thats what we saw a black fancy looking car, as we thought it to be, with 3 or 4 plain clothed men grabbing him and pushing him in. We were only about 10 or 11 i’d guess, I wonder if it was him or they were just friends picking some innocent young man up from the station, but in our young vivid minds we always believed we saw the arrests, or with the passing of time have thing become confused. I don’t think so, because next thing we heard they had caught him. It was very alarming thing to happen in those days and was for us as kids very scary. Dad was particularly concerned as there were 4 of us girls and 5 boys only living literally 10 seconds walk from the incident. 

I do remember the sweetshop you were talking about opposite the Berry Lane end of Vowler Road but can’t remember the name, but it was a dark musty little room with hardly any stock to speak of, just a few jars of sherbet pips and powdered sherbet that you would make lemonade by adding water, or was that just us !!! You could dip your finger in and use it like a lollipop, even though you’d have a stained yellow finger for days after.

By Shirley Cleverly
On 10/06/2012

I read with interest your comments on Laindon Carnivals which I loved as a kid. I believe the last one was about 1957 and the daughter of Buckenham the Butchers was the carnival queen. At this time Basildon was really taking off and in 1958 the carnivals were moved to there.

In 1959 I was Basildon Carnival Queen and had Joan Bartle (who's sister was queen the previous year) as my princesses. I was crowned at the then new community hall in Laindon by Tommy Trinder. 

I had dozens of prizes that were donated by all the new shops in Basildon including jewellery, a bouquet of flowers every week for a year, dresses from Ambers in East Walk, shoes and a made to measure tailored suit from Austin's Taylors. 

This carnival procession was also headed by Billy Foyle on "King" his palamino. I met many famous people including Jill Ireland and her then husband David McCullam, (she later married Charles Bronson) Gordon Pirie, Adam Faith and Frederick Bartman who played Simon Forrester in "Emergency Ward 10" which was a great hit on TV at that time. 

I have many local newspaper articles and photos of that time but I am not sure how to attach them here.

Editor: you could write an article and there is then the opportunity to add scanned images and photographs. Or if you do not have the facilities to scan images we can do it for you at a memory day or by special arrangement.

By June Higgs (Ferguson)
On 31/08/2011

I don't think it was the same Davies. My gran had 8 children so she didn't work, but my Aunty Eileen Davies when she came home from serving in the ATS after the war worked there. It was at the back of what became Kentex Cleaners and she was the forelady there. I am not sure what they made then but later it was ties. Do you remember the old Baigent works further down towards the Fortune, it was a printers but about 1958 it became a dress making factory.

By Gloria Sewell
On 19/07/2011

I worked for a Mr & Mrs Davies when I was a teenager we made curtains and recovered chairs for people in London, this was up the side of the Winston Club. My mother also worked there for a time.

By Mary
On 06/07/2011

You may remember my mothers family the Davies? My grandad was chairman in the Winston club. I don't live in the area now, has the Gordens Gin Plant gone as well? I worked for John Langs who built that in the 80s

By Gloria Sewell
On 26/06/2011

Yes I was born in Dunton Drive in 1935, oh how I wish my children could have grown up in those days, so much friendship and happy times. I now hear after burning all our houses to put Fords up, it is now going back to housing. Progress!

By Mary Hawkins nee Pratt
On 20/06/2011

Thats right they won £75,000 which was loads then. They bought a big farmhouse opposite the Dukes Head at top of Noak Hill on the bend. Can I ask you what year you were born Mary?

By Gloria Sewell
On 17/06/2011

I can remember the lions at Billy Foyle's, my sister was friends with his sister, I seem to remember his mum and dad lived near us in Dunton, and they won the football pools, and later moved to Billericay. Your letter bought back many memories of Dunton and Laindon, I lived in Dunton until I was 19.

By Mary Hawkins
On 16/06/2011

Yes I do remember Cards Fish Shop you also lived in Tyler Ave Pat didn't you, it's lovely to be in touch with you. Do you remember the little hut on the recreation ground we used to have our sandwiches in and the awful toilet block in the right hand corner of the field. Across the wooden style at the top of the field took us across the sand pits (the bombs had made big craters) and we played in them. If you walked through the woods and across the cricket field you came to the Crown Hotel. Then back down the hill to Berry Lane, hey presto another way home. Hope this brings back some more memories for you Pat.

By Gloria Sewell
On 11/06/2011

What an interesting read, and all memories come flooding back I loved growing up in laindon, I remember the carnivals. I was asked to be beauty queen one year, but I was to shy, so I declined. I lived in Berry Lane near the receation ground, as us kids called it, what fun we had up there.

Someone out there might remember my dad, he was a Forman on railway, Jack Card and his half brother Tommy Card owed the fish and chip shop.

By Patricia Cash (nee) Card
On 09/06/2011
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