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R.A.Larkin Builders

posted by Bob Cooper on 25 Apr 2012 at 3:33 am

Could any one tell me if R A Larkin Builders are still in buisness .I did my appentiship with them as a Carpenter &Joiner.I could not find any information myself.

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posted by Jude on 30 Apr 2012 at 4:24 pm

According to the Companies House website, they have been dissolved.
Many of their records are held at the East Sussex Records Office - may be worth a look to see if you're mentioned!

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posted by Dave Hatherell on 11 Oct 2012 at 9:12 am

one of my colleagues at Bexhill Museum is engaged on a project to find the meanings of Bexhill street names. During your time at Larkins did you ever know why some roads that they built up were given a particular name?


posted by dave on 14 Oct 2012 at 3:37 pm

You will find alot of the roads in bexhill and battle built around the end of the last war are Canadian based, There were alot of Canadians based around these areas in the war and many stayed afterwards,many of them working in the building trades.


posted by Dave Hatherell on 28 Oct 2012 at 10:25 pm

Thanks for the Canadian angle Dave

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posted by Liz Jewkes on 26 Jan 2013 at 9:06 pm

Reg Larkin married my great aunt who was originally from Stockton Heath, Warrington. Many of the street names in Bexhill are places in South Warrington. some are spelt the same, others differently but sound similar.

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posted by peter on 27 Jan 2013 at 8:19 am

please could someone give examples of these Canadian and Warrington based street names in Bexhill


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posted by Dave Hatherell on 27 Jan 2013 at 8:47 pm

Hello Liz,
that's interesting. I have alerted my museum chum, Paul wright, to your message.

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posted by Paul on 13 Feb 2013 at 7:34 pm

Canadian related road names so far identified are Calgary Road, Canada Way, Edmonton Road and St Lawrence Road.

Warrington related road names so far identified are Daresbury Close (Daresbury is a village 5 miles south-west of Warrington; Daresbury Holdings owned and managed many of Larkin's properties between 1964 - 1977). And, I think, Walton Park (Walton is a parish on the south-west edge of Warrington and next to Stockton Heath. Walton Hall and gardens is now Grade II listed and built between 1836 - 38 for the brewer, Sir Gilbert Greenall. Hope this is of interest. If you think I have missed any please let me know.

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posted by Paul on 17 Feb 2013 at 6:45 pm

Sorry, senior moment when I posted my 13 Feb 2013 message. Relating to Canadian road names are of course Maple Avenue, Maple Close and Maple Walk. Troops from Canada were stationed in Cooden during both World Wars.

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posted by peter on 07 Jul 2014 at 7:32 am

according to this link to the National Archives, Larkins was taken over by Prowtings in 1988


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posted by Kevin Doswell on 06 Jun 2015 at 11:42 am

I worked on Larkins as a carpenter 1970-72 working on most of the sites that Larkins were building at the time including the flats in front of the Polegrove St Lucia, Montserrat etc as you can see a theme Caribbean Islands. At the same time Granada Close off of Birkdale was nearing completion . I understand that Reg liked to cruise or vist the Caribbean Islands hence these names. This also applies to Winston Drive, Eden Drive and Alexander Drive. Ward Way was named after R A's secretary Mr Ward.
Bob Cooper lived opposite me in Buxton Drive back in the sixties, good times.

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posted by stuart Matthews on 29 Jul 2015 at 5:57 am

I saw Kev Doswells entry re R A Larkin. My father worked for Reg Larkin after the war until 1978 when he had a stroke. I remember them well as Bexhills largest builder based in Gunters Lane. Yes they were bought out having developed much of Bexhill

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posted by Kevin Doswell on 04 Aug 2015 at 9:31 pm

Hi Stuart, l remember your dad Joe well he would always be first on site having cycled to work and batch up the the pug for the brick layers so when they started work it was ready for them. Larkins sold out to Prowtings, I think it was in the eighties.

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posted by Richard Porter on 27 Dec 2016 at 9:42 am

Many of the names of Bexhill Streets are the names of friends, family and associates of Earl De La Warr. Also some place names. The De La Warr estates are actually based in Withyham near East Grinstead. The Earl holds the subsidiary titles of Viscount Cantelupe (1761) in the Peerage of Great Britain, Baron De La Warr (1572) in the Peerage of England, and Baron Buckhurst, of Buckhurst in the County of Sussex (1864) in the Peerage of the United Kingdom. The family seat is Buckhurst Park, near Withyham, Sussex. The present Earl's actual birth name is William Herbrand Sackville. My Maternal Grandmother's family are inextricably linked with the family owning farms allied to the Buckhurst Estates as well as farms in what is now Bexhill town centre including Cantelupe Road. That is where the main street names originate from.

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posted by Tony Newton on 07 Mar 2017 at 11:54 pm

My dad used to work for Larkins from just after the war till 1975. Some of the names that RA Larkin himself proposed were from places he had visited and golf courses, and names he liked from reading, there wan;t a theme , it was all abit random. But it least it wasn'r names of civic dignitaries..

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posted by Tony Rolt on 02 Apr 2017 at 2:37 pm

I believe, Tony, that I may be living in one of your dad's/Larkin's fine houses. Our street is Withyham Road which I believe is a small hamlet near Tunbridge Wells!


posted by Sarah jones on 13 Jun 2017 at 1:48 pm

Could anybody help please, does anyone remember the days before our estate was built, the land off ninfield road belong to a man call Larkin who then went on to build many of the larking bungalows and council housing in sidley and Cooden. He apparently lived in an old farm house surrounded by his land which is now known as beacon hill plans show that my house and next door are situated where his house used to be he also had 2 brothers, local search results are not showing much results so any help would be very much appreciated please ???? Thankyou

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posted by Kevin Doswell on 13 Jun 2017 at 9:54 pm

Sarah, When R A Larkin Brothers sold their business in the eighties to Prowtings the land that the Beacon Hill estate is built on was part of the land stock that Prowting bought. The three Larkin brothers RA ( Reg) lived in Gunters Lane which is now Charters Ancaster school. Jack lived on the corner of Gunters Lane and Turkey Rd and Jeff in Ellesley Lane, I don't know the history prior to RA's move to Gunters Lane, it was also their offices.

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