Crossroads to roundabout
The photos below show the changes made to the road layout in the area of Victoria House Corner. The photos were taken in the early 1970s before, during and after the installation of the roundabout. Originally, the junction was a crossroads and the A13 London Road was single carriageway.
The shop fronts have changed little over the years, albeit the shops have changed hands many times since the 1970s.
The colonial style property that stood on the corner of Rayleigh Road/London Road on the Hadleigh side was demolished later and today a bus station stands on the site.
Opposite the colonial style property on the corner of Benfleet Road and London Road there used to be a company called Southern Sectionals and they sold garden buildings and fencing. Today Magnet occupies this plot.
All the black and white photos shown in this article are by kind permission of Castle Point Council.