Whilst researching into the puzzle concerning the High Road/High Street anomaly, we found this old map amongst our collection which appears to have been produced for H. E. Bebington. We are sure it will be of great interest to all interested parties, especially William Diment as it shows part of the ‘High Road’, marked as ‘High Street’.
The map is undated but as there is an advertisement for Paramount, dealing in radio and TV, we would say it was printed in the very early 50s, based on an even earlier map. This might explain why William’s advertisement for Henbest’s states their address as 1 High Street, although it doesn’t explain why in the Kelley’s 1933 Directory, some shops are listed under High Road and some under High Street. Maybe there was some general confusion at the time.
The High Street is described on the map as running from Laindon Station to the A127. The stretch from A127 to Noak Hill Road is shown as ‘High Road’. The stretch from Laindon Station as far up as Dry Street and probably beyond is shown as High Road. Essex Road is shown as Essex Road.
We would like to say a very big thank you William for bringing this to our attention. It has been absolutely intriguing to research and who knows, more evidence may yet be uncovered.
Please note that North is on the left side of the map.