Basildon Borough History

Welcome to Basildon Borough History.  This site was created in April 2015 to look in to, and share, the history of Basildon Borough.


The history of Basildon tells a fascinating tale and through us creating this site I hope we can remind people of all that is great and good about where we live. We should always be proud of our roots - its what makes us who we are, shaped our past and moulds our future.

Have you ever wondered what was where you live before you were around? Well hopefully we can give you that information and introduce you to some hidden gems that have been right under your nose. Read about the beginnings of Basildon, the creation of one of the first post war 'new towns' in the country and the ever-developing town we find all around us.

For many Basildon, the New Town, was nothing until 4 January 1949 but a quick look online shows otherwise.

We hope to not only show how Basildon has changed since 1949 but give some sort of idea about what was here before the New Town was founded.

Most of the areas that make up the Borough are listed in the Domesday Book, a record of the land and property of the country recorded by 1086, as requested by William the Conquerer


Any contributions anyone would like to make would be great.  All photos and any stories relating to the history of the Borough will be gratefully received and all submissions will be credited. 


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The hamlet of Basildon, which gives its name to the borough, was designated a New Town in 1948.

The village of Crays Hill, named after the de Crei family, is south of Ramsden Bellhouse.

Burghesteda was recorded in the Domesday Book survey of 1086.

The name comes from the Anglo-Saxon ‘Leam’ which means ‘woodland clearing’.

The village of North Benfleet shares a postcode with Wickford and is bordered by Bowers Gifford.

Ramesduna appears in the 1086 Domesday Book, the name means 'wild garlic valley'.

The most visually historic town in the borough, Billericay has over 20 listed buildings along its High Street.

Dantuna, known in modern times as Dunton Wayletts, or just as Dunton, had a plotlands site. 

Leiendina was listed in the Domesday Book of 1086 and was the home of Joan Sims and Depeche Mode.

Little Burstead village is between Dunton and Billericay.

Pitsea is made up of five areas: Burnt Mills,

Chalvedon, Eversley

Felmores and Pitsea Mount.

When first featured in the Domesday book as 'Phenge', Vange's population hadn't even reached 30.

The village of Buers, now called Bowers Gifford, was listed in the Domesday Book survey of 1086.

Most of the village of Fobbing is now in Thurrock but some is within Basildon.

Langenduna, now Langdon Hills, can be found to the south of Laindon and it shares a border with Thurrock.

There are 2 listed buildings around each other on Church Lane.  Two others were demolished in 1989

Ramsden Bellhouse is named after the 'de Belhus' family and appears in the Domesday Book as Ramesduna.

Wicfort is listed in the Domesday Book of 1086 and was inhabited by the the Britonic tribe known as the Trinovantes.