The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales...., by John Marius Wilson. circa 1866
BASILDON, a chapelry in Laindon parish, Essex; 2 miles NNW of Pitsea r. station, and 4 SE of Billericay. Post-town, Laindon, under Billericay. Acres 1,627. Real property, £1,927. Pop., 180. Houses, 25. the living is annexed to Laindon rectory in the diocese of Rochester.
Transcribed by Noel Clark
Is the following Myth, Legend or Fact?
"Basildon: The 16th century church of the Holy Cross, near Basildon New Town, is said to be haunted by a red-robed figure. No one knows the ghost's identity, but there is a local tradition that he might be one of the two rectors of the church who were expelled at the Reformation. Residents claim to have seen this ghost walking through solid objects near the church."
Provided my Ann Major