Laindon is a commuter town in Essex, between Basildon and West Horndon. It was an ancient parish in Essex, England, that was abolished for civil purposes in 1937. It was based on the (probably smaller) manor of the same name and now lies mostly within the urban area of Basildon.

Commuter town
Station Gate Shopping Centre, Laindon (geograph 4478703).jpg
Station Gate shops
Laindon is located in Essex
Location within Essex
OS grid referenceTQ676888
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtSS15
Dialling code01268
AmbulanceEast of England
UK Parliament
List of places
51°34′26″N 0°25′05″E / 51.574°N 0.4181°E / 51.574; 0.4181Coordinates: 51°34′26″N 0°25′05″E / 51.574°N 0.4181°E / 51.574; 0.4181

As of 2020, Laindon's population was 37,175.[1]


The ancient Laindon parish included the chapelry of Basildon that became a civil parish in its own right in 1866.[2] The parish included two detached pieces of coastal grazing land, one of which was on Canvey Island. It included a long finger of land north into the neighbouring parish of Great Burstead to include Laindon Common and the once larger and adjacent Frith Wood which the lord of the manor, the Bishop of London, emparked around 1260. This finger of land may have been the territory of Well Street Manor, which was mentioned in the Domesday Book. Until its abolition in 1937, there was a Laindon parish. It incorporated 412 residents around 4,680 acres (18.9 km2), in 1831.[3] Three detachments of the parish were removed in 1880 and 1889, lowering the area to 2,049 acres (8.29 km2). Laindon was part of the Billericay Rural District from 1894 to 1934 and had a parish council. In 1931 it had a population of 4,552. The parish became part of Billericay Urban District in 1934, which was renamed Basildon Urban District in 1955. The district known as Laindon West was never part of the parish of Laindon but part of the parish of Dunton which was itself abolished in 1934.[4]

The Five Links Estate was built in the late 1960s and early 1970s on land between the High Road and central Basildon. The housing is built in a distinctive pattern around pedestrian courtyards. Basildon Council are currently regenerating this area with the aim of reducing crime,[5] and renaming some streets.[6]

Since 2020, Laindon Centre has undergone modernisation with 224 homes and 16 shops planned, including several flats .[7]


It is north of Laindon railway station on the London, Tilbury and Southend line. South of the railway station and line is Langdon Hills. Laindon and Langdon Hills are part of the Basildon post town.[8] To the south-west of Laindon, the Dunton Plotlands was an area of small plots of land used as weekend cottages or smallholdings during the mid-20th century.

Notable peopleEdit


  1. ^ "Basildon (District, United Kingdom) - Population Statistics, Charts, Map and Location". Retrieved 29 June 2022.
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  3. ^ Vision of Britain - Laindon parish (historic map Archived 2007-09-30 at
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  5. ^ Basildon Council
  6. ^ The Guardian, 2016
  7. ^ "Latest News | Laindon Centre Engagement Portal". Retrieved 29 June 2022.
  8. ^ Royal Mail, Address Management Guide, (2004)
  9. ^ "Basildon's Josh Dubovie wins through to Eurovision final". Echo. 12 March 2010.
  10. ^ "John Georgiadis - Attention Music Lovers". Laindon history. Retrieved 7 January 2021.
  11. ^ Kershaw, James (31 July 2008). "I want to celebrate our most famous residents". Echo. Retrieved 8 February 2019.
  12. ^ "Carry On actress Joan Sims dead". BBC News. 28 June 2001. Retrieved 8 February 2019.

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