I was bought up in Lockers on the Southend Rd from 1950 to approx 1962 after we came home from India. I remember the Coronation in 1953 very well, my father hired a TV with a 12 inch screen. The house had garden of 5 acres (sadly built over since then). We had a gardener called Quarterman and aptly named sine he really was small; he had 10 children and lived in an old windmill about half a mile away. At the front of the house was a beautiful Cedar tree which I see is still standing. My Grandmother lived in No. 22 High St, see photo.
Our doctor was Dr. Gunter and one of his relations died in one of the Comet crashes. Butchers name was Aldeslade and the local store was Pattens (no supermarkets in those days). There was small Ritz cinema in Chapel Street. I used to go by bus to school, St Michael’s Chelmsford at St Michaels kindergarten, passing through Stock, where I used to have riding lessons. We went to church every Sunday at the church situated between Chapel Street and the High Street. The lights outside the house were lit by gas and you could hear the trains being steamed up in the days when they were steam driven. Billericay to Liverpool St. was electrified later.
If the current owners of Lockers read this I would love to pay them a visit, please contact me through the website.