Walmsley Estate

Does this spark any memories

The photograph above is from my husband’s family which shows a car at a carnival (not sure which one) advertising bungalows for sale in Laindon. The sign on top of the car says “We’re heading for happiness on Walmsley’s Estate”. 

The sign on the front of the car is headed “Laindon for Health” then “brick built bungalows selling for £360”. As these houses were built by my husband’s grandfather, it would be great if anyone can shed any light on this for me? I estimate that this was late 1930s early 1940s. 

My husband’s grandfather lived in Laindon in the 1920s and 1930s.  His name was Albert Laycock and his wife was called Ivy, but he may have gone under the name of Walmsley, as he subsequently changed his name to Walmsley in the 1940s. They had two sons whilst living in Laindon, Allan and Colin. When Colin was born in 1934 they were living in York Villa, High Road, Laindon. I’d be fascinated to know where the Walmsley Estate was and if it still exists? 

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  • Thank you so much, Trevor and Nina.  All very interesting information.  I had been scanning maps of Laindon and had come to the conclusion that Archer Road was where the houses were.  There apparently used to be an estate of about 50 bungalows but there’s only a few remaining now.  I really appreciate your help, thank you.

    By Sheryl Walmsley (05/01/2014)
  • This photograph may possibly have been taken in Billericay.  Whilst looking through the newspaper archives for June 1936, I found a report of the Billericay Carnival which states the winners of the best decorated private vehicle were:  1st: Mrs Cole, Laindon.  2nd: A. Walmsley, Laindon.

    By Nina Humphrey(née Burton) (04/01/2014)
  • I lived in a semi-detached bungalow built by Walmsley – 34 Archer Road, Laindon. I was born there in 1942, and we moved out around 1958. The condition and style of the bungalow would fit with being built in the late 30’s. It was in a row of similar properties, so maybe this was the “Walmsley estate” (or part of it)?

    By Trevor Collison (24/08/2013)
  • Thank you, yes, that’s him as he ended up running a Funeral Furnisher business in Rayleigh. Thanks for your help. If anyone else can remember the estate, please let me know. Thanks.

    By Sheryl Walmsley (16/11/2012)
  • While I cannot remember a ‘Walmsley Estate’, there was an A.Walmsley of York Villa , Laindon High Rd. circa 1935 who advertised himself as a Funeral Furnisher and Monumental Mason.

    By WH.Diment (28/08/2012)

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