Hi there, I’m trying to find out about my Dad and his family. They moved to Victoria Road in Laindon in 1920s from Tottenham, London and lived there – as far as I’m aware – up until the 60s. The family name is Walker – there was Richard and Rose (my Grandparents) and their children were Richard, Rose, Dorothy, Fred (my Dad) and Terry. My Dad was born in Billericay Hospital in 1933. In the 50s, he and my Uncle Terry wired the house to the mains so they finally had electricity. I don’t know much about my Dad’s childhood – though by all accounts he enjoyed being a child during the war, as many did, and got up to all sorts of things – and would love to find out more (he did claim to ‘know’ Joan Sims, who was, I believe, the stationmaster’s daughter), especially if anyone has any photos or recollections of him and/or the rest of the Walker family. Many thanks in advance, Neil Walker – and apologies for any mistakes or wrong information in the above, my Dad was quite a storyteller.
According to the Electoral Register, Richard and Rose Walker lived at No. 186 Victoria Road, until 1970 at least. The 1949 BDC survey map shows this as plot No 100 (lower right corner of the map shown below). The name of the bungalow isn’t mentioned but it stood between plot No. 99 ‘Northview’ and Plot No 101 ‘Deanscombe’. This area was on the south side of Victoria Road, where the ‘Four Seasons’ restaurant now stands. The bungalow was described as ‘three rooms in fair condition, pebble dashed with corrugated iron roof’.