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When Basildon was Farms and Fields

Author: Jessie Payne
ISBN: 0 86025 416 X


The villages of Vange, Pitsea, Basildon, Laindon, Langdon Hils, Westley, Dunton and North Benfleet came together to form Basildon New Town and the modern buildings hide a tradition and fascinating history. Here are glimpses of Basildon’s past from Roman times to the 20th century, including tales of old manor houses, education, transport, entertainment, crime, smuggling, eminent people and, even, a breach of promise. Illustrated with a picture on nearly every page, here is an introduction to a Basildon that is scarcely recognisable now – except to those who care to look just below the present-day surface.

64 pages, 55 photographs, 1 line illustration

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