The following photographs and information on Spire’s Supply Stores, 10-12 Laindon High Road were recently sent to me.
The store later changed its name to Upminster and Laindon Stores Ltd. As the business expanded and had stores in outer London, Essex and Kent operating as a group under H.L. Groom & Sons Ltd. – Who remembers the store?
Sadly, the Laindon Stores closed but the building had a second life when it was taken over by Barclays Bank which served the Laindon Community until compulsory purchase in the late 1960s or early 1970s.
The Basildon Development Corporation compulsory purchased the majority of the shops and sites in Laindon High Road to make way for their development programme and in the process killed off the old Laindon spirit that had prospered for nearly 80 years.