At some date before 1934 William Flemons had acquired the property known as ‘Joyland’, Lincewood Park
Drive and by that year he had moved to Langdon Hills from Selsdon Road, Upton
Park with his first wife, Dorothy and their seven children, Thelma, Lily, Ruby,
William, Ivy, Harold and Marion.
Whether William bought the land and had his house built or bought it from a previous owner is not known.
William was certainly the owner in 1934 since in that year his daughter, Lily, married and Joyland is mentioned on the wedding certificate. The document also records him as “63 years”, a “Widower”, and a “Cinema Manager”.
It was at Joyland that William died on 25th March 1956, age 74.
His death certificate records his occupation as “Cinema Manager
(Retired)". Dorothy Flemons had died before 1946.
second wife, Olive, continued to live at "Joyland" until it was compulsorily purchased by the Basildon New Town authorities.