Silver End, Essex

The day after Braintree we took in the nearby village of Silver End. This was the first time we’d been there as for all the years we lived in Essex we didn’t have a car.

We were looking for the housing estate designed by the architect Thomas S Tait who I see from the link submitted an unsuccessful plan for Kirkcaldy Town Hall. Among other accomplishments he was the architect of St Andrew’s House in Edinburgh which I have featured here and here.

We knew we were on the right track when we came upon this in Boar’s Tye Road:-

 Silver End, Boar's Tye Road

It’s needing a bit of TLC I would say.

The next junction takes you into Silver Street. Every building is one of Tait’s.

Silver Street, Silver End, Essex. (part)

This was taken from the other end of the street after we had parked.

Silver Street, Silver End, Essex from west. 1

This is the junction of Silver Street and Broadway which also contains many Tait houses.

 Silver End, Broadway + Silver Street sign

There must have been around two hundred flat roofed houses in the deco style over the two streets.

A few had some extra deco flourishes like the triangular columns with windows in this photo where you can also see the connecting walls between them which house the gates to the rear gardens.

Triangular bits

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  1. David

    Jack, so good to see recent pictures of Silver End. I visited about 10 years ago and found it to be a wonderful little place both in terms of architecture and industrial culture & history.

  2. jackdeighton

    Yea David,
    We weren’t there long but I still took loads of pictures. Wolverton will feature soon!
    (Btw; I’ve added a link to your blog on to my sidebar.)

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  5. Moira Tait

    Thank you so much for these photos. I visited for the first time last year to finally see my grandfather’s designs after years of my father mentioning the Critall village.

  6. jackdeighton

    Thank you for looking in Moira.
    I’m delighted you liked the photos.
    You have no idea how thrilled I am to have been contacted by Thomas Tait’s granddaughter.
    Where is it you live now?

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