If you had reached this point in the High Road prior to 1920 you would have just continued your journey without care. This had changed by 1926 when the A127 was opened as a single carriageway giving improved access to Southend from London.
If you had looked left at the junction in 1928 you would have seen the New Fortune of War public house which was opened to take advantage of the trade the new road would bring.
The next couple of photographs show the Fortune prior to 1933/34 when the A127 was duelled.
This photograph of the Public house was found in a family album dated 1928 which was just about the time the Fortune of War was built
This could well be on a weekend in the late twenties. The Police Officers, St Johns Ambulance Sargeant and the RAC patrol indicate that it was expected to be a busy day.
There have been some changes to the facade and it has undergone some changes; we now have a sign put up. This was obviously a quieter day.
This is still prior to 1933/34 but the pub had now become the watering stop for the Charabanc trips to the seaside. Also electricity has come.
After the A127 was duelled, the junction was changed to a roundabout which took on the name of the Fortune of War.
The Fortune of War remained unchanged, apart from a brief change of name to the Hustler, as can be seen from the following photographs.
and as it looked before it was demolished in 2003 to make way for the flats.