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Basildon Borough History

Basildon Borough History

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Basildon, Essex, England

Est. 2015

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The Felmores Estate, occasionally referred to the Northlands Park Neighbourhood (by almost nobody), is named after Felmores Farm on which the lakes, park and a large amount of the estate now sits.

 

Felmores sits within the Pitsea boundaries but is separated from Basildon by East Mayne.  It is bordered by Burnt Mills Road and Ashlyns.

 

The Ordnance Survey Map from 1888 compared to the modern  shows Felmores Farm House, with a nearby pond, sitting next to the modern council depot and near the new housing on Northlands Place.

 

Northlands Park was created in the early 1970's with the lakes and hills that over look them being artificially sculpted from the former farm land and orchards. 

The comparison also showed that a smaller building sat outside that area and near to Parklands, but this is either covered by bushes or has gone altogether.

A report in the Chelmsford Chronicle advertised an auction for Felmores Farm to be held on Wednesday 12 October 1910.

The live and dead stock were included. There were three cart horses, short horn cow, weanel bull, 20 head of poultry, stack 2nd cut lucerne hay, a heap of Barley in straw as well as an assortment of agricultural implements suh as dairy utensils.

In 1936 Frederick Simms of Majolica Drive in Pitsea and George Steward of Briscoe Drive were arrested for hunting for rabbits on Felmores Farm, private land owned by Ernest Pettitt.  The case was heard at Billericay and P.C. Baker advised the court that a ferrett and been used and a rabbit had been caught. They were fined 15/- each with 4/- costs.  Nets they were found to be carrying were confiscated.

I moved on to Felmores in 1987 and I can remember being taken to Northlands Park and walking on the floor that remained of the farm house.  This was possibly soon after it was demolished.

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The map also showed a pond in Park Side which I recognised as an area surrounded by houses but still with the shell of the pond, long since drained.  In its place a weeping willow and a small wooded area.

 

The 19th Century map also shows the whereabouts of Violet Cottage which either sat in the road on Park Side or right next to it.  Clay Hall is also shown in what is now Stokefelde, again either sitting in the road or next to it.

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