The whole back end of the precinct has been demolished now – a few more shots before the start to build the new Morrison’s store there.
I was a teenager when they pulled the Maidenhead pub down and started to build the Heron Tower Precinct. Bill, who owned the Hoddesdon Bowling Alley, did his best to burn the whole lot down over 25 years ago. He went to jail for three years for Arson. He thought he could claim the insurance to maintain his mistress in Loughton! Why do I know all this? He lived just down the road from us and it was a national news story at the time.
Unbelievably, his wife had him back after his release, but they had to move away from our road and out of the district. He was receiving numerous threats from people he owed money to, plus those who had uninsured losses. There was an Italian gentleman who was said to be “connected” offering a reward for his location!