BASILDON NEW TOWN
A Memoir 1952 – 1969 By Mervyn Linford
The author moved to Pitsea from the East End of London in 1952. The East End packed with housing and industry was painfully
recovering from the ravages of the blitz and still littered with bomb sites. 1950s Basildon New Town then, was a complete contrast, a generally rural environment of farms, marshes and the curious plotlands.
Basildon today is unrecognisable from when Mervyn arrived. In the book Mervyn takes us on a nostalgic journey to see how much has changed in the last half century. Basildon New Town is a
fascinating read with over 90 period black and white illustrations many kindly supplied the Basildon Borough Heritage Society.