7. Nos. 124 & 122

By Jim Devlin

This building, sadly now demolished, was originally built in the 16th century, Here No. 122 can be seen as the Billericay Pram Service and number 124 is a Watchmakers. These two buildings together with number 126 were in the second half of the 19th Century the Crown Beerhouse, not to be confused with the Crown Inn further along the street towards the church.  These buildings were listed as being of historic value but were allowed to fall into disrepair and eventually were demolished around 1963 as they were deemed unrepairable.

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No 124 High Street, Billericay was my father's watchmakers shop.

By Mary Chadwick
On 04/01/2016

Hi, Was your father a Mr Wells who lived in Grange Rd? If so it was him that gave Violin lessons upstairs circa 1955-57. I used to go round the back, park my bike and a Mr Rich would let me in, he actually lived downstairs with his big black cat. He had quite a collection of postage stamps, he gave me one with Mussolini and Hitler on it which I still have.

By Robin Lockhart
On 16/01/2016