(formerly Hogg Lane
On either side of Hogg Lane were two
large and old quarries. The one to the east was still occupied by
industry, but the one to the west was at least a century old and housed a
forest. This pit is now home to the Badgers Dene housing estate, but back
in the early '70s it was a very different place. If you live there now,
this is what your neighbourhood used to look like.
NEW! - And
here's all the above photos in a panoramic view!
In 1979 I bought my first 35mm
camera (a Zenith SLR) and the photos got a bit better. The following
are all I ever took from inside the pit. I wish I'd taken more, as the
ruins were extensive. The last I heard they were trying to designate the
pit as a nature reserve due to rare orchids. I guess they
Not in the Pit itself, but up at Hogg
Lane level, there was a large area of waste ground with what looked like
concrete army emplacements. These ruins no longer exist as the land has
been completely redeveloped for the Chafford Hundred housing estate. These
are the only 3 photos I ever took.