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Stairlifts Basildon - ‘New Town’ Basildon
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Back to Basildon in Essex which was first mentioned historically in the famous Doomsday Book, the Great Survey of England and parts of Wales undertaken in 1086 by William I (William the Conqueror). The listing in this great tome is for Belesduna and in other documents in history Basildon is listed as Berdlesdon and Betlesdon. Its derivation is from the Anglo-Saxon personal name ‘Boerthal’ and ‘dun’ meaning hill.
Basildon lies just 25 miles east of London and south of the Essex County Town of Chelmsford. It is close to Billericay in the north, Wickford to the north-east and South Benfleet to the east.
Basildon’s link to London
Its proximity to London made a perfect site for a ‘new town’ to house London overspill after the second world war. The ‘new town’ was the amalgamation of four small villages Basildon, Pitsea, Laindon and Vange. The name Basildon remained as this was the most central of the four.
Because of this link to London and the fact that many citizens of Basildon commute to the city a mere two stops away it has been heavily influenced by the capital even down to its accent which resembles a London accent rather than an Esssex one.
Many of its families come from London originally and recently many migrant families have moved to Basildon from parts of London such as Hackney and Peckham increasing the cosmopolitan nature of the town. Basildon can now count communities of Polish, Romanian, Albanian, Jamaican, Nigerian, Ghanian, Indian and Bengali amongst their population. Wherever you are from and whatever your personal mobility requirements we will have a stairlift to suit you.
Basildon has become a measure of public opinion since general election results in this constituency have been the same as the overall result since 1974. The term Basildon man or Essex man is used to describe an aspirational working class Conservative voter.
To the north of Basildon you’ll find a major leisure complex, Festival Leisure Park; it houses two hotels, many restaurants, a 16-screen cinema, two health clubs, a bowling centre and an arcade as well as three nightclubs. To give you some idea of its glitz, this Leisure complex is locally known as Bas Vegas!
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To commemorate 40 years of the town (1989) a community play was commissioned for the local theatre. Arnold Wesker documented the town’s culture and history in ‘Boerthal’s Hill’ which was preformed by a 100+ members of the local community. It portrayed Basildon as welcoming but also with some racist politicians throughout the 1970’s.
Famous Basildon people
The band Depeche Mode formed in Basildon in 1980; two of the band members, Dave Gahan and Martin Gore were born in Essex, North Wield and Dagenham respectively.
Depeche Mode 2006 at the O2
Denise van Outen presenter and actress who started her career at the age of seven modelling for knitting patterns! She is married to ‘Any Dream Will Do’ winner, Lee Mead who is from another Essex town, Southend-on Sea.
Denise van Outen
Kara Tointon actress and winner of 2010 Strictly Come Dancing.
Kara Tointon and Artem Chigvintsev with the Strictly Come Dancing trophy
Actress Joan Sims was born in nearby Laindon where her father was the station master; Sims died in 2001 after a long acting career; she was best known for her roles in the ‘Carry on’ films.
Keith Chapman creator of Bob the Builder comes from Essex; also worked with Jim Henson on The Muppetts.
Bob the Builder
Singer Alison Moyet grew up in Basildon and was in several bands most notably Yazoo; and has had a long-time solo career since 1984.
Singer Scott Robinson with boy band Five was born in Pitsea, Basildon; has also acted in a variety of programmes from Casualty to The Bill.
Brian Belo winner of 2007 Big Brother was born in Nigeria but grew up in Basildon
Basildon can almost field a complete football team! There are a number of footballers who all come from Basildon – something in the water perhaps? So footballer Andy Barcham was born in Basildon; has played for Tottenham Hotspurs, Gillingham, Scunthorpe United and England.
Another footballer James Tomkins also born in Basildon has gone on to play for West Ham, Derby County and England.
And another Basildon footballer Darren Caskey who has played for Tottenham Hotspurs, Reading and Notts County.
Footballer Michael Kightly also hails from Basildon. He began as a young player in Tottenham Hotspurs youth team and has gone on to play for local teams Basildon United and Southend United as well as Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Freddie Eastwood footballer – played for West Ham, Grays Athletic, Wolverhampton Wanders and Coventry City.
If you're no longer likely to qualify for the first or even the bottom team, don’t despair. Castle Comfort Stairlifts can help you with that penalty kick to score the best possible help in the form of a stairlift! We are the agents for all manufacturers so you can be sure to find something suitable for you.
Call Castle Comfort Stairlift’s local office on 01376 396015 for professional advice. There are no red cards here, just a £50 off voucher for you to use.