Historic Basildon

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There are some interesting structures in and around London and Essex, like St Martin’s Bell-tower in Basildon Town Centre. Reputed to be the first and only glass bell tower in the world and officially opened in 1999 by Queen Elizabeth II. The free standing, octagonal tower is made from 300sq m of faceted glass and steel, and is slender and lightweight. This is facilitated by the design of the bell swing action, radially in the frame rather than parallel to the frame sides.

Originally created as a place to house the 6 ancient, and two new bells removed from the church of St. Nicholas in Colchester, the 85ft high tower is of neo-gothic design. The unique construction was also intended as a monument to the millennium. The casting of the Tenor bell was performed in 1441, and was the first bell ever to be cast by a woman (Joanne Hille). Incidentally, the bells had been in storage since the 1930’s before the option of selling them on the open market was considered. This was however discovered to be illegal, so they were instead given to the Church of St martin in Basildon in the 70’s. The initial work featured the digging of a hole by Sterling Moss in 1998, probably due to the fact that the tower project was conceived by a car loving vicar and friend of the Queen.

Basildon was a post WW2 new town, and one of the first in England, named a town in 1949 under the New Towns Act. A big illuminated sign was placed next to the railway line stating “This is the site of Basildon Town Centre”, and originally businesses like Barclays Bank were based in portacabins. There are now many exciting large and smaller building developments throughout Essex and London.

For your building project in Basildon you can hire heavy or small plant, equipment and tools from Rhino Plant Hire. You will find competitive prices and well maintained, reliable stock for every need.

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