Interview with Hazel Minchin
Level: Category
Sound Archive
Level: Fonds
Level: Series
Fryerns Library Fiftieth Anniversary
Scope and Content:
Interview with Hazel Minchin about growing up in Basildon.

[Track 1:] Moving to Basildon when her mother's employer, Ben Williams' Tailory, moved to the town from Bow [London]; development of town including 'new shops' at Stacey's Corner in 1955; went to Pitsea School; passed eleven-plus exam, spent one year at Shipwright's School in Thundersley (now King John), while waiting for Fryerns Grammar and Technical School to open; started at new school in 1956 (2 minutes 22 seconds).
[Track 2:] Local shops, including butcher's, greengrocer's; Eastern National and Campbell's buses; gradual development of New Town; youth centre in [Luncies?] Road, then moved up to behind Fryerns Library, also attended youth centre in Craylands School (2 minutes 1 second).
[Track 3:] No fire service in town: retained firemen, station at Vange; visits from shopkeepers with horse and cart; gypsy family living at top of [Luncies?] Road (2 minutes 41 seconds).
[Track 4:] Moved from Walthamstow to Basildon; used Pickfords Removal Services; aunt hired car to travel from Walthamstow to Basildon; story of uncle going to wrong train station when he came to visit; negative first impressions but quickly adapted, Basildon became home (2 minutes 22 seconds).
[Track 5:] Moved into a new house; layout of house; small garden; allowed to have cat and dog; furnishings, tiled floor with carpet squares; no washing machine, refrigerator, immersion heater, or electric kettle (5 minutes 21 seconds).
[Track 6:] Mother continued to travel to Bow to work for about eight months before company moved to Basildon; long hours with journey by train; then had to walk to company's new site on Cranes Farm Road; aunt looked after Hazel; mother worked as a passer to check the garments after they had been manufactured (2 minutes 31 seconds).
[Track 7:] Changes in Basildon; development of town centre, leisure facilities and parks; existing library at Vange, Fryerns Library opened in 1958; new hospital opened in 1973, Basildon railway station in 1974, new police station opened (3 minutes 53 seconds).
[Track 8:] Worked for Bankers' Trust Company in London, then moved to solicitor's in Canning Street; worked in Craylands Youth Centre and some local shops; returned to solicitor's in London, then finally worked at solicitor's in Basildon; enjoyed work and travelling even though it was hard; frequent train mishaps; got to know other commuters; details about the train carriages including ladies-only carriages (5 minutes 22 seconds).
[Track 9:] Fair at the bottom of Long Riding when the New Town opened; storm and flooding on the night of the fair (2 minutes 38 seconds).
[Track 10:] Basildon now; has changed over the years, not the same. Moved to Canvey Island to be in bungalow with a better garden; but Basildon is still home (2 minutes 32 seconds).
[Track 11:] Leisure time growing up: youth centre; Mecca Locarno dance hall; cinema in Pitsea or Southend; outings organised through the youth centre to Margate, Clacton-on-Sea; resident group Dave Clark Five at the Locarno, got to see them playing on Thank Your Lucky Stars in Birmingham; later went to Ilford Palais, met husband there, other dance halls (5 minutes 59 seconds).
Dates of Creation:
7 September 2010
37 minutes 46 seconds
Admin History:
Hazel Minchin moved to Basildon in 1954. She was born c. 1943-1944 and lived in Basildon until she moved to Canvey Island with her husband in c. 2000.
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