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Saturday, 8 December 2012

Book for Review: Basildon Then and Now

'Basildon Then and Now. In Colour' by Jim Reeve.

The Essex Society for Archaeology has received a complimentary copy of this book from the publishers - History Press - for review and onward accession to its Library at the Albert Sloman Library, University of Essex.  The following was received: 

"From its humble beginnings as the tiny village of ‘Behoter’ to the bustling commuter town of the modern day, Basildon  has developed very rapidly over the past century. This charming new title clearly shows how the town developed from the old areas of Laindon, Vange and Pitsea and celebrates the strong community spirit of its residents.

"From the Plotlands to Pitsea, Basildon Then & Now captures the essence of Basildon and its people, detailing the evolution of the town over the years in a comprehensive and unique manner.  With detailed and informative captions accompanying each pair of photographs, this evocative new volume will awaken nostalgic memories for all who know and love this ‘new town’.

·         Featuring streets and buildings, shops and businesses, and people at work, all aspects of town life are covered

·         Including 45 rare archive photographs, some of which have never before been published.

"A prominent local historian in Essex, his home county, Jim Reeve has won several writers’ awards, including the Jack Kendal Trophy (three times) and ‘Writer of the Year’. He is the author of two other books on Essex for The History Press: Wickford Memories and Basildon Memories."

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