Wednesday, 7 May 2008

Brentwood: Edwardian Postcards (4)

This is Wilson’s Corner, so named because of the department store (not in view) which was built in 1889. It ceased to trade in the early 1980s, became Coopers for many years and, after being out of use for seemingly ages, is now a number of smaller shops recently opened. The area around the obelisk has been repaved as part of the refurbishment.

This is a busy junction, with two mini roundabouts, where the London to Colchester road (bypassed in 1965) crosses the Ongar to Tilbury road (the A128, “bypassed” by the M25 in 1984). It is much busier now than it was then! I remember the morning the motorway opened. Suddenly Ingrave Road became like a country lane: the heavy lorries which plied their way through the town had disappeared.

Here our view is of Old House “formerly two buildings, the Red Lion Inn with two-storey bow and single-storey canted bay, and Shenfield Villa, of six bays. Both have C18 brick fronts, but the villa has remains of medieval timber framing” [Bettley/Pevsner p178].


Bettley, James & Pevsner, Nikolaus. The Buildings of England. Essex (Yale University Press, 2007)

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