Laindon Hotel (on the left) was built in 1896, the High Road was made up in 1920 and kerbs were added in 1929. It would be interesting to know the exact year this photograph was taken. Looks like there may have been a sale on at Morris’s on the right!
Update – 27th August 2016.
I now have some further information. There were two shops called Morris’s in the High Road run by members of the same family. Each shop had three sections. The ladies and gentleman’s outfitters (Emanuel Morris) had a second storey above the shop with living accommodation and was situated a few yards further along from the shop in the photo.
The single storey shops in the photo (Sydney Morris) were a grocer/greengrocers. This morning I found an article in a 1927 issue of the Essex Chronical which described a break-in that had taken place at Morris’s grocer shop in Laindon High Road. Sixty pounds of tea, a dozen packets of biscuits, three swiss rolls and a tablet of soap were taken, along with some cash.
This morning at the library for Memory Day, I was speaking to Paul Gibson who told me that the middle shop was run by Miss Morris a daughter of Sydney Morris. In 1926 she sold the shop to Paul’s father, J. W. Gibson. (Paul believes she may have then emigrated to New Zealand). The name Morris’s remained above the door for several years. Paul’s father ran the shop until 1940.
So although the exact year that the photo was taken is still unknown, we do now have some interesting extra information.