St Meachard Dry Street Langdon Hills

St Meachard, Dry Street circa. 1950
St Meachard and my family

I only just found the Laindon history site a few months ago and I was saddened to see that St Meachard, Dry Street had burned down. My sadness is because my family owned St Meachard and I was born there in 1954.
My great nan, Charlotte Newby bought the house with my grandparents, Gladys and Phillip Basden in the late 1940’s.
We lived there until 1966, when my Dad, Don Blackford of Laindon, was ordained an Anglican priest and we moved to Chelmsford. My Nan sold St Meachard and eventually we all emigrated to Western Australia.  I have a lot of happy childhood memories of living in Dry Street. My husband and I visited the house back in 2012.

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