The Berry Boys Boxing Hall stood in Northumberland Avenue, Laindon opposite
the telephone exchange. It was home to the Berry Boys boxing club.
The club, founded in 1946 by Fred Nunn, used the
hall after moving there during 1970 for training and boxing events. The club had previously been located at St. Michael's
Mission Hall, long since demolished, in Salisbury Avenue, Langdon Hills, and a building in the High Road between the Post
Office and Primrose's shop, which stood opposite the Laindon United football ground
situated to the rear of the Laindon Hotel public house, before relocating again, this time
across the High Road, to the old Fire Station.
The Northumberland Avenue hall had two main areas of equal size
divided by a centre partition. Upon entering, a kitchen and various other small rooms abounded the left
wall with doorways opening out on to the main floor. These rooms housed equipment used
by a local playgroup. To the right and set back within its own enclosure was a stage, with rooms
either side. This saw use in the late 1970s as the hall played host to various live music
events. The boxing club was housed to the rear behind the central divide.
The building originally had sliding side
sections no doubt relating to a previous use and backed directly on to the former goods yard at Laindon railway station. In
its latter years it was the last old building to remain on the western side (the builders yard next door having moved out some years previously), as
Northumberland Avenue was truncated to a new roundabout created when the Five Links estate was erected. Hatterill now
roughly follows the old road running parallel with the Southend bound side of the railway.
It was demolished around
1992 as part of the Laindon Station re-development and the Station Gate Shopping Centre now stands in
In 1991 the boxing club moved to Valence Way, Langdon Hills to facilities that included a new club house
and football pitch for Berry's youth football teams.