Our and other people’s recollections were gathered around 1965 and committed to paper during the 1970’s. Obviously the older our contacts were the further back their memories went. Ours covered from the late 1940’s. We have looked at various books and lists of High Road shops and properties to try and verify some of the information given and do not intend this attempt at naming most of the shops along the High Road to be complete or absolutely correct by any means. What we hope to see is response via the Archive to add gradually to the list of any that have been missed or misplaced. They have only been listed in the approximate position on the map as memories and maps do not operate to the same scale!!! Also where some shops had a succession of ownership or uses it is now impossible to put them in an absolute accurate time line.
At this point we make it clear that this is only a collecting together of all the information we have gathered over the years from local people and we hope that now it is appearing on the Laindon Archive site it will prompt more information to come to light. Eventually we may also be able to offer links to the many photographs that we have of the shops and buildings along the Laindon/Langdon Hills High Road. The next section beyond the Railway line is nearly ready and will be added as soon as finished. We have cross referenced with a list that appears on the Basildon History site and also a plan that was used at a Laindon Re-union at the Laindon Community Hall a few years ago. This event was so popular we were unable to get tickets to attend but Ken Church and Rob Springate kindly lent me their map copy that Charlie and Rita Clark had used on the night of the re-union. This plan helped put our list together and also some of the original photographs we have used to confirm various facts are from the late Gerald Ward’s collection.