The following enquiry was received from Andrew Ford.
“Can anybody help me with this mystery? In about 1965/6 my father took me to visit an old friend in Newlands End, off the High Road, Laindon near the Fortune of War PH. From what I am able to remember there was a long row of what looked like agricultural workers’ cottages with fields either side. However, when I visited in a taxi some years ago there was a new industrial estate with no trace of the cottages. Can anybody tell me what happened to the buildings and the people. There seems to have been a rather dramatic transformation of the area at some point as I remember just fields in the vicinity. Any information would be appreciated. Many thanks.” Andrew Ford.
After some investigation, we have concluded that the row of cottages were the brick built bungalows in Archer Road that had been built in the 30s by Albert Laycock and named ‘Walmsley Estate’. These were later demolished to make way for the industrial site which covered Archer Road and Victoria Crescent. The first units were rented out in 1977. Newlands End was built along what had been the back gardens of Archer Road. There are just six of the original bungalows remaining on the south side of Archer Road (three semis).
Below are overview maps showing the area before and after the changes.