Bungalow Names

The following message was left on the Message Board on 21/06/2014

My gran and grandad lived in the bungalow called ‘Dolores’ in Church Road in 1938. Does anyone know if it’s still there or when it was last there. They were in residence 1938?

Also on my paternal side the bungalows ‘Ramona’ and ‘Straits Defence’ are dwellings they rented. Does anyone remember them or their location in their respective roads?

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  • My mother and aunt were born in Vowler Road.
    My aunt was called Delia,(De), and my mother was Kathleen Murrell.
    Grandparents Selina and Daniel lived there too.
    The bungalow may have been called ‘De’, after my aunt.

    By Madeleine Davies (28/05/2022)
  • I used live in a bungalow in the 1960 it was called ‘Ethel’ Bridge Avenue Laindon, in the plotlands close to where the new Tesco’s is now built. Before then Dunton caravan park where Mr Gray’s House was, he owned the park in 1960. Then ended up in a house in Victoria Road Laindon, my brother still lives in the same house. Mum and dad’s names were Dilys and Bill Smith, we went to school at Laindon Comprehensive. My name is Eira, my sister and brother are Jane and Steven Smith.

    By Eira E Smith (06/03/2022)
  • My nan Ivy Hoskins lived in a bungalow in Berry Lane Langdon Hills called ‘Penshurst’, she had two children, my mum Iris Hoskins and my Uncle Dennis Hoskins, her friend lived next door Sarah Allen with her grandchildren Raymond and Beryl, any pics or news if it is still standing would be great, she rented it from her brother Edwin Amos who also lived in Berry lane, Thank you

    By Penelope Medland (05/03/2022)
  • I lived in a bungalow called Eleanor which was in New Century Road in 1938 does anyone recall a nurse Quill?

    By Harry Barker (27/02/2022)
  • I lived in Fleet Avenue, Laindon from 1947 until 1956 when the council bought us out. Our building was called Standor, after my mum and dad, Stan and Dorothy. My nan and uncles all had property in the area of Rathmore Avenue and Pembroke Avenue. Gran’s house was called Fides. Fleet Avenue runs along the school grounds.

    By Dorothy Dinmore (13/02/2020)
  • “Back in the day” before Basildon New Town, I seem to recall all properties seemed to have names, not numbers (or both, as in the case of our bungalow in Vowler Road; “Dees” and No. 29). J.B.

    By Mr.J.W.Birch (27/11/2018)
  • My Grandparents Albert and Florence Styles lived in Patricia Villa in Nelson Road, Laindon from about 1926 I believe. The bungalow was 1st on the left coming into Nelson Road from the Southend Arterial Road. They had 3 children, Patience Patricia, (who the bungalow was named after), Ivon and my dad Stuart who is the only survivor now. Dad is 87 yrs old and still lives in Basildon.

    By David Styles (06/03/2018)
  • I went to school with a girl called Colleen  O’Neil. We were in the same class at Laindon High Road School.  I’m in my 60s. Would she be the same Colleen I wonder, as in previous posts?

    By Gloria O'Sullivan (07/11/2016)
  • My grandparents were married in ‘The Register Office’ in the district of Orsett does anyone know where that might have been and does it still exist?

    By Peter Martin (15/08/2016)
  • Hi Nina,  Can you help with the 1929 Electorial register? I have looked at the Essex Record Office site, but I can’t find anything online. Kind regards.

    By Paul Stickland (20/02/2016)
  • Don’t think this is likely to be of any use but, in the 60s, I knew a girl named June Cottle. As this is not a common name there could be a possible link, I hope. June was a really lovely looking girl, with short blonde hair and always turned out well dressed, as was the “mod” way at that time. To the best of my recollection, she lived in the Luncies Road area in Basildon. Hope that might be of some use in your search. 

    By Donald Joy (20/02/2016)
  • Hi Paul.  Go to the website SEAX:-  http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk .  (You will probably have to register and log in each time you use this website).  Only the 1918 and 1929 Electoral Registers are on line.    If you have any problems in finding the Electoral Registers, I would be glad to offer some further assistance.  Best wishes.

    By Nina Humphrey(née Burton) (20/02/2016)
  • Cottles – does anybody remember the Cottle family who lived in a bungalow called Glenwood, Noak Hill? In 1939 Emma Cottle (my great grandmother) lived there with her son Ernest Cottle and his partner Eva Ackland.  I would love to hear from anyone who may remember them – Emma passed away in 1939.  Ernest and Eva moved to Thundersley sometime in the 1940s – Eva passed away in 1950 and Ernest passed away in 1952 leaving my mum who was only 4 orphaned. 

    By Melissa Brown (19/02/2016)
  • Bedford Road.  Many thanks Nina. I am making progress and have found that the property was called Glen Leigh, and the family living there was called was Harsent.

    By Margaret Gray (08/12/2015)
  • Hi Margaret.  Now you have the name of the bungalow and the family, I have been able to check the Electoral Registers.  The 1929 Electoral Register (which is online) shows Ernest E Harsent and Elizabeth C Harsent (apparently his daughter) in residence.  I have copies of the 1949 and 1956 Electoral Registers which also show them in residence at those times.  So it seems they lived there for at least 27 years.  Ernest died in 1957.

    The 1911 Census shows Ernest and his wife Charlotte living at Cross Keys, Thornwood, Epping with their daughter Elizabeth age 17 and adopted son Edwin Martin age 6 (born Kensington).  The records indicate that Charlotte died in 1918.  Daughter Elizabeth Caroline died in 1987. 

    By Nina Humphrey(née Burton) (08/12/2015)
  • Dave Collins, you mention your mother Colleen (or Josephine as I knew her) O’Neill. Please remember me to her even though I doubt that she will recollect me. I remember her fondly from Langdon Hills and then Miss Jolleyman’s class at LHR where she sat behind me in class.

    Please ask her about her other friends I always associate with her, Pauline Carnell, Kathleen Clegg, and Maureen Shaw. Are they still living in Laindon. Her other friend from those far off days was Hazel Fox who I met again at this sites reunion when I was back in the UK last June. Please give her my best wishes.

    By Alan Davies (07/12/2015)
  • Hi All.  I am new to the site. Does anyone have or can signpost me to photos of bungalows from the 1930s of Bedford Road, Laindon and records of ownership. Seeking info on Edwin Martin who was the Grandfather of one of my elderly neighbours.  Many thanks.

    By Margaret Gray (05/12/2015)
  • Hi Margaret and welcome to the website.  The information you are seeking can be found on the Electoral Registers for the thirties.  These are kept at the Essex Records Office at Chelmsford.

    By Nina Humphrey(née Burton) (05/12/2015)
  • Hi all, just stumbled across this thread whilst searching for information, pictures on where my mum grew up.

    My mum lived at Kia Ora in Salisbury Avenue, her name was Colleen O’neil.  I think Alan Davies was referring to her, as her middle name is Josephine and she remembers Jean Colbear.  She had two sisters, Marie and Susan, sadly Marie passed away 9 years ago.

    My nan still lives in Laindon but my grandad Edward/Ted O’neil passed away last year.

    Are there any pictures of Salisbury Avenue?  Many Thanks.

    By Dave Collins (11/08/2015)
  • Hi, very interesting reading,  I can remember visiting Laindon to see my gran and grandad, Edward Sharp and Ethel May Sharp.  Trying to find where they lived and where they were buried, cheers.

    Editor:  Edward and Ethel May Sharp lived in ‘Niagra’, Dunton Drive, Laindon.  There’s a map on the article “Pratt Family of Dunton Drive” which can be found under ‘People’, ‘Family Memories’.

    By Brian Sharp (09/08/2015)
  • My family lived in ‘Sylvan Glen’ Sylvan Road from 1951 until 1956.  The bungalow was under compulsive purchase and after we moved it was supposed to be replaced by a college but this never happened and it stood empty for ages.  Very sad, it was a lovely bungalow with fantastic garden.

    By Sandra Springall (11/02/2015)
  • Hi Colin – I am married to Terry.

    By Anita Tibbles (07/02/2015)
  • Gary.  I have some information for you.  ‘Maplethorpe’ stood on the south side of Church Avenue, east of Markhams Chase.    It was the second plot from the junction.  The 1949 survey states that ‘Maplethorpe’ was brick-built with an asbestos tiled roof.  It is described as a two room bungalow in fair condition.  Architectural quality – bad.  Garden – kept with some fruit trees.  Estimated life span – ten to fifteen years.  At the time of the 1949 survey the occupants were Sarah A and Sarah L Phillips.

    ‘Maplethorpe’ appears to have been vacant in 1956 (or possibly demolished)  as it is not mentioned on the Electoral Register.  The unmade Church Avenue which ran from the bottom of Church Hill to Uppermayne was eventually made up in the latter part of 1964.

    We will prepare a 1949 map of that area to add to the website showing the various dwellings with their names and occupants.  Please bear with us as this will take a few days. 

    Note of interest:  According to the Laindon Recorder, in May 1964 the police set up a temporary control post in Church Avenue during the manhunt involving eight hooded bandits who had held up a taxi on its way to a Wickford Bank.  They managed to snatch £1,120 from the two bank officials travelling inside, by ramming the taxi with their black Zodiac and snatching the ignition keys.  The Zodiac was abandoned and the bandits fled and went to ground in Lee Chapel North.  Unfortunately I am unaware of the result of the manhunt.    

    By Nina Humphrey(née Burton) (06/02/2015)
  • Hello Im Gary Oliver I used to live in Gladwyns Basildon, loved it.  I’m sorry I’m not sure how the board works but I’m looking for information about plotland houses in the St Nicholas Church area. Wondered if I could find out more about Patricia Austin nee Smith’s house ‘Maplethorpe’ or any other properties and photos of this area, many thanks.

    By gary oliver (05/02/2015)
  • Jean Colbear mentions an O’Neill family living in Kia Ora. Was one of the children (perhaps the grandchild with whom she played) a Josephine O’Neill? Josie O’Neill was a classmate and friend of mine at Langdon Hills School.

    By alan davies (10/12/2014)
  • I spotted the name Anita Tibbles in a recent article and wondered if Anita had a relative Terry Tibbles. Terry worked with myself many years ago at Rank Xerox.

    By Colin Ferrier (09/12/2014)
  • I lived in a bungalow named Mablethorpe in Church Avenue which was at the bottom of the hill by St. Nicholas Church.

    By Patricia Austin.nee Smith (06/12/2014)
  • The bungalow that I grew up in, situated in Salisbury Avenue, was called ‘Rostrevor’.   I assume named after a couple called Rose and Trevor, but that was not the name of my grandparents who lived there. We were the second dwelling on the right coming from the station, with a railway owned house opposite and a two-storey house before us, also on the right. I remember an old couple living there when I was very small, but the lady moved away to Wickford after the death of her husband. The property stood empty for many years before eventually being knocked down.

    After us was Mr and Mrs Alf Piner and two down from that the O’Neills in ‘Kia-ora’. I used to play with Mrs O’Neill’s grand-daughter.

    My grandmother and father eventually moved to ‘Trecarne’ in Berry Lane, where the White family had previously lived.

    By Jean Colbear (29/11/2014)
  • I also lived in a bungalow in Salisbury Avenue called  ‘Whitethorn’ which was next to ‘Straits Defence’ and I remember Mrs Mitchell who lived there.

    Fred and Ivy Ranson and their children Linda, Judy (me) and Richard lived in Whitethorn from 1951-1965 when we moved to the King Edward Estate at the other end of Laindon.  Very happy days were spent in Salisbury Avenue.

    By Judy Webb (04/07/2014)
  • Bungalow ‘Delores’ Salisbury Avenue was rented out to my relative who moved to Trecarne Berry Lane. Joan and Nova White, cousins.

    My home Benenden was next door but one. Straits Defence was rented by Mrs Mitchell her daughter Eileen same age as me. John Mitchell came home from Germany and married a German girl Christine.  We became friends as they also moved to Billericay.

    Next to Straits Defence was bungalow Claremont.  My parents rented this bungalow before moving to Benenden. I remember a house called Kia Ora Salisbury Ave in which a family O Neil lived.

    By Thelma Oliver (28/06/2014)
  • Hello Anita. I have found the bungalow ‘Delores’ in Church Road on the 1929 Electoral Register. However, I haven’t yet been able to trace it on the 1949 Electoral Register. This may be due to the bungalow having a change of name or being allocated a number rather than a name but I will keep trying.

    I have traced the properties ‘Romona’ and ‘Straits Defence’ on the 1949 Electoral Register. They were both in Salisbury Avenue, Langdon Hills, (just south of the railway line). Incidentally there was also a property called ‘Delores’ in Salisbury Avenue. Best wishes

    By Nina Humphrey(née Burton) (24/06/2014)
  • Hi Nina.  I did  visit ERO last Thursday and found the same info as yourself. Except the ‘Delores’ in Salisbury Avenue!  I tried looking at some old maps on here but the bungalows are just shown as square blocks on plots.

    The  ’Dolores’ in Church Road could have been changed to ‘Newbury Cottage’ as I have a note of that name also. I did think about old Post Office records but that seems a long shot.

    Was hoping someone might recall their elderly relative might have lived nearby.  There are still some old bungalows in Church Road.

    The information provided on here and by your good self is excellent.  Many thank!


    By Anita Tibbles (24/06/2014)
  • Hi Anita.  I’ve located Newbury Cottage both on the map and the Electoral Register.  It was in Princes Court Road.  This was one of five turnings off the stretch of Church Road to the south of the A127.  Walking northward from Basildon Road into Church Road, the first turning on the left was Queen’s Court Road, the second turning on the left was Princes Court Road.  Both these roads ran westward to Crompton Avenue.  The first turning to the right in Church Road was Westminster Court Road, the second was Palace Court Road and the third was Windsor Court Road – these three roads ran eastward to Bracken Mount.

    I looked on Google Earth and although that stretch of Church Road still remains with several originally bungalows, the five turnings no longer exist (nor does Crompton Avenue).  The three going eastward appear to have been built on and the two going westward, (which included Princes Court Road) are now just grassland with Pound Lane lying a little further to the west.

    The 1929 Electoral Register shows Helen and Edwin Tubb living in Newbury Cottage.  The 1949 and 1951 Electoral Registers show Olive A Bullock living in Newbury Cottage.  The 1962 Electoral Register shows Olive A and Clifford O Bullock living in Newbury Cottage.

    I hope this helps with your search.  Best wishes.     

    By Nina Humphrey(née Burton) (24/06/2014)
  • There is nothing I can contribute to the enquiry regarding Delores and Newbury Cottage. However it occurs to me that the origin of house and bungalow names in the Laindon area would be an interesting study.

    Hillcrest and Hillside would seem to describe the view. Dry Street Cottages, while individually having numbers not names, show their location. This was not unique although another example does not immediately come to mind. Lowlands (our bungalow in Raglan Road) would seem to display a little humour in that much of the year it was situated in a sea of mud.  Rosebank, Roseview, Chez Moi, and Chez Nous were popular.

    Cycling up Noak Hill, determined not to give up and walk, desperately peddling the final few yards, there on the right was Weldun. I always thought the owner was congratulating any cyclist for getting to the top. Sid Farmer’s house (Farmer’s Taxis) was named after his two children Raymond and Beryl. I remembered it as Rayberi but Nina corrected me. It was Bermond. Fred Nunn’s bungalow in Berry Lane (Fred was the founder of the Berry Athletic Club) was named Virginia. I believe this was his wife’s name.

    Col-Mor (or was it Col-Mar) sat at the foot of Vowler Road next to the telephone exchange. It stands out in my memory as having the prettiest and most well tended garden in Laindon. It was always a joy to pass by and pause to admire the garden. It seems reasonable to infer the name was a joining of (possibly) Colin and Moira (or Marion).

    By Alan Davies (24/06/2014)

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