Greenhaugh - Hiawatha

The following are a collection of photographs that will be added to as more become available.

I had just found another photograph and was in the process of adding it when Ann Rugg arrived with a copy of this postcard with the same image sent in 1909 to a potential customer by Mr Foulger who was apparently living there

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  • Am I correct in saying this was later Dr. Long’s surgery?

    Editor: Yes Brian Dr Long and Dr Garson held their surgery there for a number of years.

    By Brian Baylis (27/11/2013)
  • I remember this house as a youth club, think it was run by a fellow called Kim. I remember The Lord Lieutenant of Essex Sir John Ruggles-Brise opening the club but it was soon shut because the house was in a bad state of repair and no one could have afforded to fix it up but it was a lovely house shame a lot of houses went that way around here.

    By Kim Day (24/08/2013)
  • Up to now it seems to be accepted that Mr.Foulger was in occupation of Greenhaugh till as late as 1913, if not later, yet page 4 of the published 1911 census states the occupant was Amelia H. Flanders who name has never been previously mentioned in the archives.

    By W.H.Diment (14/02/2013)
  • I must clarify the remark of Nina, in that my date of 1930 was made in respect of the date of the photo and not the Hiawatha.

    By W.H.Diment (31/12/2012)
  • Hi William. I had understood what you said. I was really replying to the later comment of Sheila Turner Savoye wherein she mentioned she thinks the house was built in the 1930s. Kind regards.

    By Nina Humphrey(née Burton) (31/12/2012)
  • Thank you for the wonderful collection of Hiawatha photographs taken over the years. The earliest around 1900 with the large house ‘Morningside’ visible to the left, before North Parade shops were built. It’s fascinating to see the progress of the High Road and buildings, the last photograph was probably taken in the early fifties as the chimney of ‘Morningside can still be seen beyond the shops.

    By Nina Humphrey(née Burton) (31/12/2012)
  • The Hiawatha dates back further than the 1930s. The photo to the far left of this one, showing the Hiawatha, is estimated to have been taken at the turn of the century.

    By Nina Humphrey(née Burton) (11/12/2012)
  • I can clearly remember Hiawatha as my best friend Marcia was Dr Long’s daughter (he also had a son Digby). I spent a lot of time there between 1950 and 1958. 

    I think the house was built in the 1930s. 

    By Sheila Turner Savoye (06/12/2012)
  • I have now been able to establish with the aid of old photographs, maps and the 1949 Survey, that the large building in the background to the left of the Hiawatha is the house “Morningside”. See articles “The Wass Family – A Boy Named Laindon” and “Morningside – Station Road”.  The photo was taken before North Parade Shops were built.

    By Nina Humphrey(née Burton) (26/11/2012)
  • Regarding the drinking fountain on the corner of St Nicholas Lane. This was erected in 1935 dedicated in memory of the Silver Jubilee of King George the Fifth and Queen Mary. There was a ceremonial procession along High Road headed by a brass band from the 3rd Laindon (Manor Mission) Scouts. I was a playing member with that band at the time, playing tenor horn, I still play one to this day in Exeter. Sadly the fountain was later vandalised and put out of action. I am happy to hear that the fountain still exists in another location

    By Henry Rossiter (23/05/2012)
  • Mr. W.H.Diment dates the Hiawatha from the 1030’s. I would suspect it is considerably more recent!!

    Editor: I have altered it to the 1930’s as it was obviously a typing error that I missed.

    By Alan Davies (16/03/2012)
  • I remember Hiawatha and the row of shops between it and the building in the background and one of them was Boons. On the other corner of St Nicholas Lane was where I went to “cubs” in about 1934. 

    My first school in 1931 was Laindon High Road School and after about 1932 we went to the new Markhams Chase.

    I lived in “Viola” Cambridge Road, long since gone, towards St. Nicholas Church and eventually moved to Kings Road opposite “Scotts” dart board factory. I still had to walk to “Markhams Chase” school and seemed miles, no buses!!!! 

    On Sunday evenings I used to sit on the concrete pipe outside “Enefer’s” cafe watching the “charabancs” and the cockneys spilling out for their pints in the “Fortune of War” and returning in the evening again.

    Are there any ATC Squadron boys still around and “graduated” into the services. Names such as Ron Tilley, Pat Roach, etc and were lucky to be de-mobbed at the end of 1946? Happy days.

    By John Constable (04/02/2012)
  • This photo appears in the Marion Hill book and is dated circa 1900 as I previously surmised. However in those days it was known as ‘Greenhaugh’ on the Great Cowles estate and owned by a Mr Foulger. In 1906, Mr Foulger purchased much of the surrounding land for development but a later Finance Act in 1913 left him in his own words ‘practically penniless and unable to proceed’.

    By W.H.Diment (31/01/2012)
  • Hiawatha House stood at the corner of Nicholas Lane and the High Road. I remember Dr Long, Dr Rubie, Dr Caveroli, Dr Millwood and Dr Thacker (who changed his name to Bass I believe).

    By Peter Long (12/01/2012)
  • Laindon was being built up at the begining of 20th century (see New Century Road). The house I lived in (Bangalore, Worthing Road) was a large semi-detached two storey house, built in 1908. I think there are now 7 town houses in my garden!

    By Mary Cole (12/01/2012)
  • It was known as the Hiawatha as that was the name of the large turreted house on the corner which was used by a succession of doctors. I do not believe the picture to be all that old, possibly from the 1930s.

    Editor: It is definitely later than 1929 as that is when the curbs were installed. 

    By W.H.Diment (06/12/2011)
  • This was taken possibly before I was born, but I do remember the street lights like this seen along the High Road and now long gone. This is known as The Hiawatha for some reason, and the junction of St. Nicholas Lane & Devonshire Road.

    By Brian Baylis (20/11/2011)
  • What a shame no-one has yet answered your question Mr Diment.

    By Andrea Ash (nee Pinnell) (17/11/2011)
  • I suggest this picture of the Hiawatha is one of the oldest in the archive, possibly around the turn of the century. Does anyone have any idea as to the identity of the very large building for that era in the background.

    By W.H,Diment (10/11/2011)
  • I notice John states the fountain on the corner of St.Nicholas Lane gave real wet water. However, I doubt if that would be allowed today by the same means which was a cast iron cup affixed to the fountain by a chain for use by all and sundry. Hygiene had not been invented in those days.

    By W.H.Diment (05/10/2011)
  • Re Doctor Garson – believe he and wife were South Africans – I often saw her walking through Laindon wearing no shoes.

    By Andrea Ash (Nee Pinnell) (04/09/2011)
  • Just to the left on this pic are a row of shops which were opposite the police station. I can’t remember their names but one was an off licence, one was a newsagents where my brother and I used to get our Sunny stories every week and my brother got his first Matchbox Cars from there. The other one I recall there was a little haberdashers my mother was a dress maker and I remember going there to get the yellow cotton for my dresses just after the war to make them from parachute silk. Just a little further down across the road was a sub post office and next door to that was a grocers store I think there was some kind of scandal there but I can’t remember, what I know my mother forbid me to go there, as we know in those days a scandal could be something quite trivial between the police station and the post office there was a cut through we used to go that way home to King Edward Road and cut across the field which later became Royal Court Flats.

    By Gloria Sewell (13/05/2011)
  • Before Dr. Long it was a Dr. Henderson on the opposite corner stood St.Peters church hall much used for social occasions. In 1935 the George V silver jubilee memorial fountain was erected in front of it. This is now outside Laindon shopping centre next to the War Memorial. Fountain once gave real wet water!

    We remember that water fountain.

    By JCB (28/04/2011)
  • Doctor Longs Surgery.

    Dr Garson was also there

    By Brian Baylis (15/04/2011)

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