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Barstable: Timberlog Lane, Long Riding, Luncies Road and Sandon Road


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The 16 units comprising the neighbourhood centre at Timberlog Lane was under construction during 1954. Eleven of the units are in Timberlog Lane and the remaining three, odd numbered 1 - 5, are in Long Riding.

Above the Timberlog Log Lane shops are a combination of two storey maisonettes in one block and a second three storey block of maisonettes over 1st floor flats. Perhaps in anticipation of the centre's completion a numbering sequence was introduced during c.1954 for existing properties in Timberlog Lane.

The first shops were let in early 1955. Stewards, T.V. and electrical dealers of Vange were one of the first to open on 2nd March 1955 along with Cox Bros. butchers and Warren's fish and chip shop, located in the short Long Riding parade.

A public car park was also provided, along with three public telephone boxes set in to the outer post office wall, though these would later be resited.

Some of the past and present businesses to have traded at Barstable:

Timberlog LaneOpenClosed
No. 199Crown Post OfficePost Office1950s 
No. 201Crown Post Office
Shuma Tandoori
Post Office
Take-away
1950s
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No. 203Howard's Dairies
Kibby's
International Stores
Rethink
Foodstore
Supermarket
Supermarket
Charity Shop
1955
1971
1972
 
1971
1972
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No. 205Twitchett's
Westminster Wine
The Local
Off Licence
Wine & Spirit Merchants
Off Licence
 
1960s
 
 
1970s
 
No. 207Bartens
W. Waide Pollard & Sons
Whites Wonderland
Auto-Care (& at 33 Ballards Walk, Lee Chapel North)
Drapers, Hosiery, Clothes
Drapers
Toys, Prams & Cycles
Car Accessories
1950s
Pre-1962
c.1970
c.1990s
1960s
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15/03/2020
No. 209Kershaw & Cressy
Peachey's Fresh Fare
Auto-Care (& at 33 Ballards Walk, Lee Chapel North)
Wine and Spirit Merchants
Greengrocers & Florists
Car Accessories
 
c.1960s
c.1990s
 
c.1990s
15/03/2020
No. 211Cox Bros.
Fred Bennett
T. Gleed & Sons
Food Stop
Butchers
Butchers
Butchers
Takeaway
1955
1970s
c.1980s
 
1970s
1970s
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No. 213Stewart N. Anderson
Vantage
Chemist
Chemist
c.1962
 
 
 
No. 215Barnett's (K. Barnett)
Styles Hair Studio
Ladies' and Gents' Hair Stylists
Hairdressers
1955
 
 
 
No. 217Stitcher's
Downsway
Home Sellers
Grocers
Supermarket
Estate Agents
c.1957
c.1974
 
1970s
 
 
No. 219Maurices
Martin
Newsagents and Confectionery
Newsagents and Confectionery
c./03/1955
1960s
Post /06/1960
 
No. 221L. Stacey
Stacey's Pie and Mash Shop
Hardware, Paints, Paraffin
Take-away
c./03/1955
 
 
 
No. 223Stewards
Whirlpool Laundrette Co.
Ladbrokes
Radio, T.V., Electrical, Toys & Cycles
Laundrette
Betting Shop
02/03/1955
c.1970
 
c.1965
 
 
Long Riding
No. 1Barton's the Bakers
Bread Shop
Bakers
Bakers
1960s
 
1980s
 
No. 3The Bell - Achille Serre
Man Lee
Wan Ying House
Cleaners and Dyers
Chinese Food Take-away
Take-away
1955
/02/1971
 
 
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No. 5Warren's
Sargent Bros.
Fish 'N' Chick'N
Fish and Chip Shop
Fish and Chip shop
Fish and Chip Shop
1955
1960s
 
c.1960s
 
 

Barstable
The two units at Long Riding, Barstable West were built by the development corporation who described them pantry shops. They were completed around July 1957 with upper flats accommodation.

Some of the businesses past and present are listed below:

Long RidingOpenClosed
No. 303Moorcroft's
W.D.J. Wright
PC Planet UK Ltd.
Groceries & provisions
Groceries & provisions
Computer components & Accessories
Pre-/06/1959
Pre-/06/1964
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c.1964
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No. 305Newswell - E.E. Goodchild
Long Riding News and Off-Licence
Confectionery, Tobacconists
Confectionery, Tobacconists & Groceries
Pre-06/1959
 
c.1980s
 

Barstable
The two units at Luncies Road were built by the development corporation and described as pantry shops. The were completed in late 1959 and designed with accommodation above which matches the style seen at numbers 562 and 564 Whitmore Way.

Some of the businesses are listed below:

Luncies RoadOpenClosed
No. 51W & D Crook
Motorstar Express
Groceries
Foodstore
Pre /06/1960
 
1970s
 
No. 53J.A. Forman (late of 2 London Road, Pitsea)
Martin's
Motorstar Express
Newsagents & Confectioners
Newsagents and Confectioners
Foodstore
Pre-/06/1960
Pre /06/1961
 
1961
 
 

Barstable
The single shop at Sandon Road opened in the 1970s.

Some of the businesses past and present are listed below:

Sandon RoadOpenClosed
No. 95Wavy Line Supermarket
Sandon
Foodstore
Food and Wine Superstore
c.1975
 
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Page added: 2013
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Other points of interest:

(1) The Long Riding/Timberlog Lane road junction is often referred to as 'Stacey's Corner'. It took its name from the Stacey family who previously lived further along Timberlog Lane at the corner with the original Mopsies Road at what had been a right hand bend along the original course of the road in the direction of Craylands. That section continuing off the bend was eventually renamed Timberlog Close and closed off to through traffic in 1965 as a new section of Timberlog Lane had already been constructed between Chittock Gate and a new junction with Broadmayne. The Stacey family, Edward and Winifred and their 13 children, had lived on the corner of that bend since 1920 where they made a living as greengrocers, as well as selling logs, paraffin and coal from their property smallholding, which doubled as a shop. Their property, called Mopsies, stood in the way of future development planned for the area and was compulsory purchased by Basildon Development Corporation in 1954. It was the corner of this bend that was the original 'Stacey's Corner'. Coincidently, at the time of the completion of the Barstable neighbourhood shopping centre in 1955, one of the first traders were L. Stacey, who ran a hardware shop at 221 Timberlog Lane. It is sometimes mistakenly thought that it was this unrelated business that gave its name to the road junction.

Text researched and written by William Cox, 2013 with revision 2019.
Copyright © 2013, 2019 B. Cox - Basildon History Online. All rights reserved.

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