Links . . . 

contents page Laindon & District Community Archive:  history, memories, photos and opinions about Laindon in South Essex, UK

- an impressive archive and forum devoted to the area, its people and history.    Essential viewing!

Charles Leatherland - Lord Leatherland of Dunton

Compiled by David Richards, Lord Leatherland's grandson

An interesting site that describes the distinguished career of Charles Leatherland who lived at the Old Rectory, Dunton, while he was news editor of The Daily Herald, and who, at that time, was a leading member of the local community.    Among his various activities, he was chairman of the Dunton Parish Invasion Committee in the 1940s, helping to organise local resources in response to a threatened Nazi invasion.   He later went on to be awarded a life peerage for a lifetime of public service.

Basildon: A History In Photographs

Growing site devoted to all areas of Basildon with  interesting information, maps, links and photographs as well as a useful message board.

Information and photographs concerning the history of the area:

Basildon Borough History

A lively new site covering a growing number of aspects with links to various areas of interest.

The Essex Wildlife Trust

Custodians of what remains of the former Dunton Plotlands and The Haven Plotlands Museum;  information and events concerning the area and its wildlife.


The History Press

Publishers of a wide range of local interest books, including "Basildon Plotlands: the Londoners' Rural Retreat" by Deanna Walker and "A Portrait of Basildon Plotlands - the enduring spirit" by Deanna Walker and Peter Jackson Iain's blog about hutting

An interesting blog site devoted to an "interest in huts, plotlands, woodlands, log cabins, tiny houses, rewilding, chalets, and sheds, and other related topics"

- contains articles on The Haven Museum and books by Walker and Jackson