Dry Street

A short video clip of a trip down Dry Street

Clip from "Film produced by Woodlands School Students in co-oporation with Basildon Council 1974"
Dry Street
A similar view today
Ken Porter

A view of Dry Street from years past above and the view today below

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  • Just seen the comment by Martin Richardson. Alan’s grandfather (we are cousins) was Robert Carter, referred to in another comment above by myself. Sadly, the one who, it is claimed, was on the Cutty Sark, was not Robert but his brother in law, a Mr Howe (Robert’s wife’s brother.)

    By Trevor Carter (25/02/2023)
  • My grandfather (Robert Henry Carter) lived in “Hillcroft” Dry Street from 1927 till the early seventies. He came, like so many others, from the east end of London, bringing his wife and six children, aged 5 to 17. But they lived initially for two years on Elizabeth Drive, presumably part of the plot development. I don’t know if he got “Hillcroft” built, or if it was there already. How old is the house?

    By Trevor Carter (23/02/2023)
  • My great great grandad Hammond lived in Brook Cottage on Dry Street at the turn of 1900s I believe. Drove over today to see the area, looks a lovely place.

    By Paul Hammond (06/12/2020)
  • Hi there, this is a message for Deb Sherwood – I have a feeling we were neighbours. My Dad is Gregory Pead who added a comment in Jan 2016. After being born at Basildon Hospital in 1975 my parents, sister and I lived at the house till 1995 until the house was sadly sold. As young children my sister and I were allowed to sometimes go to the post office. I also remember as a child playing up Southway and the Chase.

    By Luisa Stallard (nee Pead). (06/08/2020)
  • Wandered down Dry Street today 20th March 2020 and cut down One Tree Hill and across the footpath to Martinhole Wood. Deep in the woods I came across a derelict structure that looked liked a roman temple. On returning home I researched it and found it to be the remains of Vange Well No 5 and lots of interesting facts about it online. If you are not aware of this already it is worth taking a look

    Editor: There is an article on this website covering this subject. It is called ‘Vange Well No.5’. It is an interesting read.

    By Richard Rapley (20/03/2020)
  • I used to live here with my parents 1977-2003. It was the general store and post office after being the Red Cow pub. It was built in 1802, and the glazier had signed one of the window panes. We used to deliver food to the few houses left in the Chase and Southway that survived compulsory purchase for the bypass that was never built.

    By Deb Sherwood (17/12/2016)
  • Large numbers of my Hammond ancestors lived in Dry Street during the 19th century.

    By Lesley Neville (01/07/2016)
  • I moved into Dry Street in 1954 with my parents and moved out in 1967.   In 1973 I moved back with my wife and daughter and we shared the house with my parents until 1989 when they moved out to buy a retirement home in East Sussex.

    By Gregory Pead (10/01/2016)
  • Oh happy days!  And now they want to build on parts of this beautiful place. 

    By Andrea Ash (nee Pinnell) (10/08/2015)
  • My friend, Alan Carter, had a grandad on Dry Street who, I seem to remember, was the last surviving crew member of the “Cutty Sark”.  Was that possible?  Let’s assume he was 100yrs old in 1962.  I also think he made a broadcast on the radio.

    Editor:  The name of Alan’s grandad would be helpful and any additional information if possible.

    By Martin Richardson (29/06/2015)

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