The attached undated photo was handed into the Laindon Library, along with others, by a neighbour of Elsie Bessie West of ‘Halstead’ Laindon High Road who died in 1987 aged 77. ‘Halstead was a bungalow that stood on the east side of the High Road next to the large house ‘Morningside’.
This photo in particular interested me as I recognised the bungalow ‘Yardley’, as one of three built by Joe Clifford in the thirties. His own family bungalow, called ‘Belgrave’ stood to the right of ‘Yardley’ and lay further back from the road. The third bungalow was ‘Kudos’ which stood in Tattenham Road.
I also recognised the shop next door which a few years later became ‘North Parade Post Office’. In this photo, it’s signed ‘Lawson, Children’s Wear’ with a ‘To Be Let’ sign on the front windows. The photo which was possibly taken from ‘Halstead’ across the road, shows a carnival float which appears to be carrying the Carnival Queen and her court. It would be interesting to discover the exact date of the photo and maybe the name of that year’s Carnival Queen.
A little research has shown that the 1939 Register shows the shop was called ‘Handy Stores’. The 1951 Electoral Register still shows the shop as ‘Handy Stores’. The 1955 Electoral Register shows the shop as ‘North Parade Post Office. So the post office transferred from North Parade on the east side of the High Road to the shop next to ‘Yardley’ on the west side sometime between 1951 and 1955. However, it kept its name ‘North Parade Post Office’.
I also publish a picture of North Parade Post Office in its new position for comparison.