A view west of St Nicholas Church 1930's.

A ‘Bell’s’ postcard from the 1930s, showing an interesting view from St Nicholas Church looking towards the west. Pound Lane and the Church Hall in the foreground (used for wedding receptions, scout groups etc). Dickens Drive and St. Nicholas Lane on the left and the large terraced house in Basildon Drive in the middle of the picture which I believe was called St. James’ Villas. Tavistock Road in the far distance.

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  • Per-my previous comment I have been able to purchase the post card. The date on the card is the 6 August 1946, obviously not sure when the photograph was taken but by the date I would have been two and living there. The card messages reads:
    ‘Dear Miss Edie – just a glimpse of Laindon, we are having nice weather so far, hope it will continue love from Mrs Mardle & Alice…it was sent to a Miss Pearson in East London…my next job is to see if I can find out who Mrs Mardle was.

    Editor: This could be quite a challenge. Might be helpful if we knew Mrs Mardle’s first name. I’ve looked on the 1949 Electoral Register and there’s nobody in the area with the surname ‘Mardle’.

    By Kenneth Porter (14/05/2020)
  • Hi Nina…yes and I have bid for it…the bungalow in the middle of the photograph, Kia Ora, 19 Pound Lane, my parent’s home and mine until we moved to Berry Lane in the winter of 1962/63.

    In the field next to it we used to have our bonfires until they built the Pound Lane estate in the early 1950’s. I would have said the photo is more late 30’s or even early 1940’s, as the old church hall (not the one in the picture) was burnt down in the mid 1930’s. When they built the estate we transferred our bonfire night to the field across the road most of the people in road came to it.

    I was born in the house Concord opposite, a little to the left, cannot be seen in the picture. We moved because my parents were bought out by the Corporation who told us the area would be developed in the year. The bungalow is still lived in today…happy times.

    By Kenneth Porter (29/04/2020)

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