This photo of Tarpots corner shows the junction controlled by traffic lights before two mini roundabouts were put in. Later the roundabouts were removed and the traffic lights that are there now were installed.
The building at the bottom of the picture is where the Aldi store now stands. It is believed to have been a DIY superstore at that time – does anybody remember the name then?
Compare this photo with an earlier aerial view when Essex Carriers had their depot on the north east corner of the junction.