Belmont Avenue (a), memories from the 1950s.

Sue Sage lived in Belmont Avenue in the 1950s, leaving in 1961. (She now lives in France and has been renovating her house there for the last 20 years!). She has sent this photograph of her and her mum, and a sketch of the avenue as she remembers it. In those days Belmont Avenue was horse-shoe shaped, with two openings onto London Road. This was before Tudor Way, Belmont Close and Leasway were built.

Sue added other memories:

“Mrs Roots lived, I think, in a bungalow; I was friendly with her daughter Gillian.

Mrs Lavin’s son had married a Belgian girl, Gaby (?), but he was killed in the war. I remember her visiting with an enormous box of chocolates.

Frank and Nell Raven were brother and sister.

Our next-door neighbour, name of Mr. Mole, sold his house ‘The Dingle’, about 4 acres, before my family sold their’s, and an estate was built. My family sold in 1961.”

Sue subsequently added:

“I found an old autograph book of mine, 1954 onwards. I obviously pestered everyone in Belmont! The house that was built next to our house was owned by Mr and Mrs Thirkettle, he had lost part of an arm. Opposite lived Mrs White, Daphne, and her dog Heidi. Other names of people who may, or may not, have lived in Belmont are:
Weatherburn, cub mistress
M.M. Long
Joan Meeson
Annex Chesterton
H.E. Knowles
Mrs. Nice
Valerie Gadsdon
Joan Pynn

These are all in my autograph book, so it looks like I just went around asking everyone!”

Belmont Avenue was a private road with a gate. Turning right out of Belmont Avenue, and on the right was a little shop called Latimers; it was very small, possibly the front room of a house.
"This photograph is of my mum and me standing at the far end of our garden (4 acres of it!). The photographer, probably my dad, was standing in front of a large pond. That part of the land was green belt. You can just see our house, 'Windermere'; there was a huge orchard, greenhouse and a tennis court".

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  • I am Nicholas White – the eldest son of Daphne White who is mentioned above. I was born at The Ark 32 Belmont Avenue in 1958 as was my brother, Howard, two years later. I am trying to trace some people from that time. Is there some way we could continue this conversation? I have photographs of the house from when it was just built and of myself as a child in the garden.

    By Nicholas White (31/12/2019)
  • Do you remember Mrs Lavin’s son’s first name? The name Lavin does not appear on the Wickford war memorial. If he was a Wickford boy we would like to add him to the Roll of Honour. Basildon Heritage

    By Jo Cullen (Basildon Heritage) (01/11/2019)

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