Whist in the process of researching other topics relating to Langdon Hills, I came across some photographs that may be of interest to local cricket enthusiasts. I’m afraid that I personally know very little about this subject but thought they should be available to those who do. In fact, if anyone would like to expand on this subject, I would be very happy for the content of this page to be incorporated into a new article.
All the team photographs come from a collection put together by the Langdon Hills and District Conservation Society. The Society was formed by residents who wanted to preserve and protect the history and heritage of a much loved village that was rapidly being engulfed by the creation of Basildon New Town. I’m uncertain of the year this society was formed but records show that they registered as a charity in 1975; however I suspect that the Society was active many years before this. In 1992 Langdon Hills and District Conservation Society merged with Basildon Natural History Society, the two societies sharing much in common, love and respect of the countryside, its wildlife and history.
I’m sure that many of the player’s names will be familiar to the readers of this website: Mr Gray Snr a local farmer whose family still farm in Langdon Hills. Peter Toomey, who started a car sales and repair service in Laindon High Road, a business which blossomed and grew into the huge car sales complex located in Southfields. Stan Hollands, a founder member of Langdon Hills and District Conservation Society, Stan also played an important part in gaining protection for Dunton Ridge when the South West Area Plan was proposed by Basildon Development Council.
The Langdon Hills Cricket Club 1965 fixtures card comes from an album compiled by the Langdon Hills Women’s Institute to celebrate its Golden Jubilee in 1965.
The albums also contained photographs of Westley and St Marys Cricket Clubs, I will publish these on separate pages on the website.
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