I was born in Pound Lane in 1944. My parents’ bungalow, No.19 (Kia Ora), was on the western side of the road next to a cornfield, it’s still there.
I remember quite clearly in my early years helping or should I say getting in the way of the farmers at Harvest time. In the early 1950s the field went out of cultivation and I with friends made clay camps in the field and for a couple of years held our annual 5th November Guy Fawkes bonfires next to our bungalow where the majority of children from Pound Lane attended.
We used to start collecting the wood towards the end of the school summer holidays. In our spare time we stood on the corner of Pound Lane and St Nicholas Lane collecting ‘penny for the guy’. As we got older we used to venture down to the fountain at the ‘Hiawatha’. We only ever spent the pennies on fireworks.
By 1954 the Pound Lane estate had come into being and I recently came across a report in the Southend District Times, Basildon & Laindon dated 29 August 1956 informing us that three new shops in Kathleen Ferrier Crescent on the estate were to open within the month.
One was to be Tobacconists and Newsagent, another Grocery and Provision Merchants with the third still not let. Today the shops are Premier Convenience Store and Tattoo shop – sign of the times.
The report also informs us that the number of houses when the estate is complete will be in the region of 450.
So it was the end of our bonfires next to the bungalow but we soon found another spot on the opposite side of the road and children from the estate then also came.
We would like to hear from anybody out there with memories of growing up on the estate.