Mornington Crescent Hadleigh

Was This Once Called Sinclair Road?

1939 Ordnance Survey. (Click on the map to expand)

The following query was received from Derek Parker: Found the entire site astounding. Having lived in Mornington Crescent since 1987, I have recently started to develop a profound interest in the history of the area and your site does much to expand my knowledge. However, I understand that Mornington Crescent was at one time named Sinclair Road, this information having been given to me by a number of now deceased neighbours. Can anyone expand upon this particularly with detail of old maps and buildings?


As an Archive editor, I have attached a copy of the relevant part of the 1939 Ordnance Survey map of Hadleigh which shows an incomplete Mornington Crescent as well as Sinclair Road.

Perhaps someone can say when Mornington Crescent was completed and the Sinclair Road name lost from the records.

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  • Further to comment below re “Sinclair Road was off Seymour Rd when I was growing up but you could only drive for about a hundred yards or so before it was impossible to go further.” I moved to 22 Mornington Crescent in 1958 which was probably built, along with the neighbouring properties, around 1957. I was told by my dad not to go “down that part” because he was a bit of a snob. “that part” referred to the 1930s houses (32 on) with an unadopted road. Was it here, I summise, that “it was impossible to go further.”? Perhaps the name Mornington Crescent came into being when my house and those nearby were erected? A life long friend I made in “that part” told me it was a great road until my house was built(!) as it was open land.
    There was a lot of building going on into the ’60s with Leigh Heights and Scrub Lane changing from mostly open land where we could find lizards, slow worms, grass snakes and adders, to what it is now. Also, Greenacres farm at the top of Seymour Road was to become the housing estate it is now.

    By IAN DAVIDSON (22/05/2020)
  • Very interesting piece about planning permission to Rochford District Council Re Sinclair Rd. I might be wrong but I was under the impression that this area was ultimately developed by Spurgeons the builders based in Meadow Rd.
    Incidentally my great grandfather Robert Iredale of the Limes in Hadleigh was the second councillor for this area after Rochford District Council was formed.

    By Rob Keen (27/12/2018)
  • Sinclair Road was off Seymour Rd when I was growing up but you could only drive for about a hundred yards or so before it was impossible to go further. However, I think it was possible to drive in the opposite direction from Woodfield Rd. I can’t remember when it became Mornington Crescent, probably when the old abandoned cornfields were built on; allowing access.

    By Rob Keen (26/12/2018)
  • According to the Essex Record Office, in 1921, plans for a building application with respect to a bungalow in “Sinclere” Road, Hadleigh were submitted for approval to Rochford Rural District under “Section 1 of the Housing (Additional Powers) Act,1919”. 

    The application contained the following details:

    Owner: J.E. Redgrave, 245 Ley Street, Ilford

    Architect: L. Freeborn, ‘Homeland’, Church Road, Hadleigh
    Builder: J.E. Redgrave 

    The legislation referred to made it a duty of every local authority to consider the needs of their area and prepare a scheme with respect to the provision of houses for the working classes ie what we now know as council housing.

    What is unknown is where “Sinclere” Road was as it no longer appears to exist. Did this become “Sinclair” Road and then become replaced with Mornington Crescent? 

    [Also, in case you were wondering why an application with respect to a bungalow in a Hadleigh road would have been put to Rochford Rural District Council, it is because it was only in 1929 that the ecclesiastical parishes of Hadleigh, Thundersley and South Benfleet were moved from the Rochford Rural District Council and united to form the new Benfleet Urban District Council].  

    By Terry Barclay (20/01/2016)
  • There was a Sinclere Road in Hadleigh, I think some building plans for a development in Sinclere was put in many years ago; possibly by CS Wiggins? (I worked for Wiggins, that’s why I recall it).

    By Peter Smith (17/01/2016)

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