Compulsory Purchase Order 1931, London Road, Hadleigh, Essex

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On the 6th Jan 1931 Essex County Council made a Compulsory Purchase Order for the strips of land on either side of London Road, Hadleigh, Essex in order to widen and improve the old road heading into Leigh-On-Sea. A full list of all affected properties was published in the Chelmsford Chronicle on 6th Feb, complete with the names of the owners and occupiers, how much land was to be purchased and its current use.

The list was numbered, referencing a map which, at the time, was deposited at Chelmsford. Unfortunately, the map’s whereabouts now are unknown.

The Salvation Army had to sell the most of any owner by far, at 9055⅓ sq yards (1.87 acres), whilst Mr. Jesse Kemp of Hadleigh Hall was forced to sell 384 sq yards of his garden and a further 168 sq yards to its east. Hadleigh Hall’s land at the time covered where 244-258 London Road now stands along with part of the land where Lidl supermarket is now built to the east, as well as extending south down Castle Lane.

Below is a full transcription of the article, which gives an interesting snapshot of property ownership and tenants at the end of 1930.


ESSEX COUNTY COUNCIL.

PUBLIC WORKS FACILITIES ACT, 1930.

THE ESSEX COUNTY COUNCIL (LONDON-SOUTHEND ROAD A.13, HADLEIGH HALL TO SOUTHEND BOROUGH BOUNDARY) COMPULSORY PURCHASE ORDER, 1930.

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN
THAT THE COUNTY COUNCIL OF THE ADMINISTRATIVE COUNTY OF ESSEX, in pursuance of the powers vested in them by Section 2 of the Public Works Facilities Act, 1930, on the 6th day of January, 1931, made a Compulsory Purchase Order, which is about to be submitted to the Minister of Transport for confirmation, authorising them to purchase compulsorily, for the purpose of the improvement of the London to Southend Road A.13, from Hadleigh Hall to the Southend Borough Boundary, the lands described in the Schedule hereto.

A copy of the Order and of the Map referred to therein has been deposited at the Shire Hall, Chelmsford, and may be seen at all reasonable hours.

SCHEDULE:-

No. on Map Sq. yds Quantity, description, and situation of the lands. Owners or reputed Owners Lessees or reputed Lessees. Occupiers (other than the tenants for a month or less period than a month).
PARISH OF HADLEIGH
SECTION I.
1A 1⅓ Vacant lands The Salvation Army Land and Industrial Colony, Hadleigh ___ ___
1 Vacant land The Westminster Bank, 51 Threadneedle St., E.C.2. ___ ___
2 8 Forecourt of shop Mr. F. H. Norman,. Church Road, Hadleigh ___ Mr. F. Cox. Broadway, Hadleigh
3 6 Forecourt of house Mr. A. E. Mundy, “The Hollies,” Rectory Rd., Hadleigh ___ ___
4 7 ”            “ Mr. F. Wallis, Broadway, Hadleigh ___ ___
5 7 ”            “ ”            ”            “ ___ ___
6 10 Forecourt of shop ”            ”            “ ___ ___
8 9 ”            “ Mr. H. Cox, “Inglenook,” Dawes Heath, Thundersley ___ Mr. Beadle, Broadway, Hadleigh
9 23 Forecourt of house Mr. J. Lambert, Seaforth, Hadleigh ___ Owner occupier
10 6 Forecourt of shop Miss Slipper, 38 Park Rd., Southend ___ The Albany Laundry, Eastwood Lane, Southend
11 7 Forecourt of house ”            ”            “ ___ ___
12 6 ”            “ ”            ”            “ ___ ___
13 6 ”            “ ”            ”            “ ___ ___
14 6 ”            “ ”            ”            “ ___ ___
15 8 ”            “ ”            ”            “ ___ ___
16 10 Forecourt of shop Mrs. Young, Cliff House, Leigh-on-Sea ___ The Hadleigh Furnishing Mart, Broadway, Hadleigh
17 7 ”            “ Miss Slipper, 38 Park Rd., Southend ___ Mr. Shelley, Broadway, Hadleigh
18 7 ”            “ ”            ”            “ ___ Mrs. J. Lawton, Broadway, Hadleigh
19 7 ”            “ ”            ”            “ ___ Mr. J Horne, Broadway, Hadleigh
20 10 ”            “ ”            ”            “ ___ Mr. F. Warr, Broadway, Hadleigh
21 17 Garden Miss M. Blake, Brarholm Nursery, Hadleigh ___ Owner occupier
22 13 Forecourt of shop ”            ”            “ ___ ”            “
24 18 ”            “ Exors. of late Mr.Heatt, c/o Messrs.Zeffertt & Heard, Hadleigh ___ Mr. Artus, Broadway, Hadleigh
25 29 Vacant land Mrs. Robinson, “The Chimes.” Hadleigh ___
26 19 Forecourt of shop ”            ”            “ ___ Mr. F. Watts, Broadway, Hadleigh
27A 24 Vacant Land Mr. W. H. Brown, 74 Leigh Hall Road, Leigh-on-Sea ___ ___
27B 29 ”            “ Mrs. Young, Cliff House, Leigh on-Sea ___ ___
28 7 Forecourt of house and vacant land Miss Slipper, 38 Park Rd., Southend ___ ___
29 10 Forecourt of shop Mr. R. H. Nash. 105 Hainault Avenue, Westcliff ___ Mr. Gilbrooke, Broadway, Hadleigh
30 6 ”            “ Mr. A. R. Smith, Broadway, Hadleigh ___ Owner occupier
31 4 ”            “ Mr. J. T. Jordinson, c/o Mrs. Francis, Broadway, Hadleigh ___ ___
32 6 ”            “ ”            ”            “ ___ Mrs. R. Saunders, Broadway, Hadleigh
33 9 ”            “ ”            ”            “ ___ Mrs. Francis, Broadway, Hadleigh
34 10 ”            “ Mr. C. G. Groonbridge, Broadway, Hadleigh ___ Owner occupier
35A 20 Forecourt of club Mr. Malthouse, 220 York Rd., Southend Messes. Charringtons, Brewers, Mil End ___
35B 10 Forecourt of bank ”            ”            “ ___ Westminster Bank Ltd., 51 Threadneedle St., E.C.2
36 10 Forecourt of shop Mr. T. H. McDonald, “Kenhurst,” Crowborough Rd, Prittlewell ___ Mr. Hopkins, 1625 London Rd., Leigh-on-Sea
37 10½ ”            “ Mr. A. H. Callow, c/o Sorrel & Sons, Southend ___ Mrs. Smith, General Stores, Broadway, Hadleigh
38 10½ ”            “ Mrs. Upton, 155 Brightwell Avenue, Westcliff ___ Mr. A. Gowers, Broadway, Hadleigh
39 13 ”            “ ”            ”            “ ___ The Hadleigh Garage & Transport Co., Broadway, Hadleigh
40 9 ”            “ Messrs. H. V. & G. Sorrel, 38 Clarende St., Southend ___ Mr M. E. Humerrton, 2 Broadway, Hadleigh
41 8 ”            “ ”            ”            “ ___ Mr. Gaskin, Broadway, Hadleigh
42 20 ”            “ Messrs. Poole & Edwards, Broadway, Hadleigh ___ Owner occupier
43 23 Vacant land Mr. C. Clarke, Sidney Villa, Oak Rd., Hadleigh ___ ___
44 13 Forecourt of house Mrs. Willett, 11 Royal Terrace, Southen ___ ___
46 11 Forecourt of shop Mr. W. J. Bellingham, 20 Hamlet Rd., Southend ___ ___
47 12 Forecourt of house Mrs. Willett, 11 Royal Terrace, Southen ___ ___
48 15 Forecourt of shop ”            ”            “ ___ ___
50 20 Land Mr. L. K. Potter, Broadway, Hadleigh ___ Owner occupier
51 35 Forecourt of shop ”            ”            “ ___ ”            “
52 9 Land ”            ”            “ ___ ”            “
53 5 Forecourt of bungalow Mrs. Digby, Beeleigh,” Dawes Heath, Thundersley ___ ___
54 384 Garden of house Mr. Jesse Kemp, Hadleigh Hall, Hadleigh ___ Owner occupier
55 15 Entrance ”            ”            “ ___ ”            “
56 10 Restawhile Dining Rooms ”            ”            “ ___ ___
57 143 Pasture ”            ”            “ ___ ”            “
59 13 Forecourt of house Mr. F. W. Wallis, 2 Beech Villas, Hadleigh ___ ”            “
60 13 ”            “ Mr. F. Plumb, 3 Beech Villas, Hadleigh ___ ”            “
61 12 ”            “ Mr. Upson, 4 Beech Villas, Hadleigh ___ ”            “
62 11 Vacant land ”            ”            “ ___ ”            “
63 10 Forecourt of flats Mrs. H. L. Franksen, 180 Hadleigh Rd., Leigh ___ ___
64 9 ”            “ The Exors. of the late Mr. C. B. Porter, “St. Aubyans,” The Drive, Westcliff ___ Mr. Porter, Grocer, Broadway, Hadleigh
65 9 Forecourt of shop ”            ”            “ ___ ”            “
66 12 Forecourt of garage The Thundersley, Hadleigh, & District Motors, Ltd., Broadway, Hadleigh ___ Owner occupiers
67 11 Forecourt of shop Mrs. Robinson, “The Chimes,” Hadleigh ___ Miss A. Wiles, Broadway, Hadleigh
68 9 ”            “ ”            ”            “ ___ Mr. S. Brown, Broadway, Hadleigh
69 38 Vacant land ”            ”            “ ___ ___
71 37 ”            “ Messrs. Stibbards & Son, Undertakers, Hadleigh ___ ___
72 14 Garden Mr. H. Bird, “Forge Cottage,” Hadleigh ___ Owner occupier
73 15 Forecourt of house ”            ”            “ ___ ”            “
74 15 ”            “ Messrs. Tolhurst & Cozens, Western Rd., Southend ___ Mr. A. F. Kennedy, “Woodview,” Hadleigh
75 36 Forecourt of house and garden ”            ”            “ ___ Mr. Arnold Hill, “Hawthorns,” Hadleigh
76 44 Garden Messrs. Owen Bros., The Broadway, Hadleigh ___ Owner occupier
77 14 Forecourt of shop ”            ”            “ ___ ”            “
78 13 ”            “ Messrs. Graves & Osborne, “Grove House,” Hadleigh ___ ”            “
79 15 Forecourt of coffee stall Mrs. Robinson, “The Chimes,” Hadleigh ___ ___
80 4 Garden Mr. J. Flatt, Broadway, Hadleigh ___ Owner occupier
83 5 Forecourt of shop Mr. A. Matthews, Broadway, Hadleigh ___ ”            “
84 7 ”            “ Mr. G. A. Jordison, Broadway, Hadleigh ___ ___
85 7 ”            “ ”            ”            “ ___ Owner occupier
86 46 ”            “ Mr. G. Callow, “Oakdene.” Church Rd., Hadleigh ___ ”            “
SECTION II. ”            ”            “
1A 16 Garden of house Mrs. E. Simmonds, Crescent Bd., Leigh ___ ___
1 52 ”            “ ”            ”            “ ___ ___
2 55 Vacant land ”            ”            “ ___ ___
5 7 Garden of house Mr. A. M. Stibbards, Mereholme, London Rd., Hadleigh ___ Owner occupier
6 8430 Arable ground The Salvation Army Land & Industrial Colony, Hadleigh ___ Owner occupier
7 257 Garden of cottage ”            ”            “ ___ ”            “
8 57 Site of cottage ”            ”            “ ___ ”            “
10 310 Garden of bunglaow ”            ”            “ ___ ”            “

Dated this 6th day of February, 1931.
Shire Hall, Chelmsford. 

JOHN H. GOOLD.
Clark of the Essex County Council.


The maps below, published in 1898, 1923, 1938 and 1947, whilst not detailing the extent of the road widening, clearly show how London Road quickly built up between the end of WWI to the end of WWII.


Newspaper articles reproduced with the permission of the British Newspaper Archive and The British Library Board. Maps reproduced with the permission of the National Library of Scotland.

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