Hadleigh Lanes

View of Wallis in Hadleigh
Francis Frith

I wonder how many people notice the Hadleigh Lanes sign on the side of Essex Beds in Hadleigh (see photo), and how many of them actually remember Hadleigh Lanes.

This occupied the old Wallis supermarket site around 20(?) years ago.


The picture of Wallis Supermarket kindly sent in by Eileen Gamble – see her comment below.

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  • When I was about 12 (late sixties), I had a job at the Wallis supermarket, collecting the litter in the car park behind the store. I also collected the litter behind the block of flats in Castle Lane just down from the supermarket. I collected up the litter in black plastic bags which I then put by the supermarket’s bins. I used to do the litter picking after school and sometimes my mum would come and help me if there was a lot of litter.
    This job, and others, were found for me by our neighbour Cyril Amos who was a local estate agent and whose son Stuart eventually took over the family business. The job gave me some spending money for which I was very grateful.

    By Neil Salmon (25/11/2020)
  • I noticed you have a couple of pages on your site referencing the parade of shops that used to include Wallis supermarket. I have attached a postcard photo of this parade showing the shop as it looked some years ago.

    Brings back memories for me as I used to trawl around the aisles of this shop with my mum in the 1960s.
    best regards
    Eileen Gamble

    By Eileen Gamble (04/08/2018)
  • I remember the Lanes built in the sixties, apart from Wallis there seemed to be a mismatch of shops. I also remember the horses and Mrs Rand but I thought the horses were on the land that was part of the doctors. Wasn’t Hadleigh Hall there a lot earlier then this?  Further down the lane where the flats are now, was my ancestral home on the corner of Beech Road and Castle Lane. In its heyday it occupied about half the length of that part of Castle Lane and as far as Oak Rd South. It was a big colonial looking building and called the Limes. My mum’s family retired to Hadleigh in 1880 and were visitors before this date. My great grandfather was briefly a councillor on the old Rochford Council before it became Benfleet Council. They are with the rest of my mum’s paternal and maternal families all now residing in the churchyard.

    By Rob Keen (01/07/2013)
  • Thanks Terry for this. I had completely forgotten about the old Hadleigh Lanes. I don’t remember Hadleigh Hall, as it was demolished when I was six. But I do remember that for several years it was just a piece of land on which horses were kept. My first year junior teacher, Mrs. Rand, used to encourage us to feed them with carrots. I still remember Wallis being built and we always went there for our shopping as it was the nearest supermarket. I don’t remember which shops were in the Hadleigh Lanes.

    By Chris Worpole (16/02/2013)
  • Remember the lanes, and even Hadleigh Hall which was on the site c 1930s.

    By Ian Hawks (12/02/2013)

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