The Cock pub taken during the very cold winter of 1962-1963.  The Cock dates back to at least the 1520s.  Probably earlier.  What is now the car park was at one time a field and I remember in the late 1950s early 1960s travelling fun fairs visiting it.







The hardware shop just across the road from The Cock  sometime during the early 1960s. In those days it was owned by Mr Upson.  It's now a private house.  In 1960 there were at least a dozen shops in Stock.  Now there are only two.  On the other hand the bus service is much better than it was in 1960.



Stock High Street in the early 1960s looking towards Chelmsford.  in the right middle distance is the War Memorial.  In the right foreground is the bus stop for buses going towards, Billericay, Basildon and Tilbury.





Stock High Street looking towards Chelmsford  from the corner of the crossroads.  The building to the immediate left is Harvey's shop, whilst in left distance is Little Court.  In 1960 this was the residence of Admiral Sir Vernon and Lady Dorothy Haggard.  On the immediate  right, but not visible was milestone.  However in the early part of the present century during some road works it got lost.    Rumour has it that it  accidentally ended up in a skip and got taken away.



The High Street looking towards Chelmsford in the late 1960s.  On the right is the bus stop for services to Billericay, Basildon and Tilbury with part of the shelter that was put up in the early 1950s.  The weatherboarded cottage in the immediate left foreground is  part of Ellis Cottages.  Although of some antiquity their current name commemorates Richard Adam Ellis who came to Stock in 1901 and died in 1945.  Lady Haggard was his daughter.  Richard Ellis was the squire of Stock.   The red bricj building next to it was at one time Stock's Post Office.  The actual location of the Post Office changed over the years.  In the 1960s it was in a shop further along going towards Chelmsford.  The post master at that time was Gordon Barker.






The High Street looking towards the cross roads in the early 1960s  from near bus stop for Billericay, Basildon and Tilbury.  The building on the right is Little Court.  The building in the right  middle distance is Harvey's shop and in the far right distance is The Cock.





The  High Street  looking towards Billericay in the early 1960s.  The building on the right is Tudor Cottage, which dates from Tudor times. Further down  the road beyond that is the entrance to Stock Lodge, which isn't very easy to see.  Stock Lodge was on the site of the Rose Inn.  I was told that the cellars  for the inn still exist.  In the 1960s Stock Lodge was owned by the Foster family.  At the present time the building is divided into flats.  (Excuse my English, but I prefer to use the English term).  On the left is the Rectory Hall.



The High Street looking in the opposite direction from the previous picture.  The house on the left has a high frontage and dates from the days when there was a roof tax.  Apparently, or so I was told, the building of high fronts to obscure the edge of the roof was one way of getting  round it.  In the far distance is a the rear of a bus.  In those days the buses were Eastern National and were painted green  and cream.  In the early 1960s there were two routes through Stock - 34 which went from Chelmsford to Basildon via Billericay and Wickford and 53 which went from Tilbury to Clacton via Grays, Laindon, Billericay, Chelmsford, Witham, Colchester,  and Wivenhoe.




The village green on a spring day in the late 1960s.  The building on the near left is the bus shelter, whilst to the far left is the Post Office.




 The Bear in the 1960s, when it was kept by Dick Weston.  At that time it was a meeting place of one of the hunts.  Up until the begining of the 1960s the local blacksmith's was situated directly across the Square from The Bear. In the later part of the last century The Bear suffered something of a declne, but has now been revived.




 All Saints church in the 1960s.