It would appear that Basildon was chosen for the name of the new town, because it was the most central parish within the selected development area, although it was insignifcant compared to some of its neighbours, Laindon, Pitsea, Wickford and Billericay - all thriving towns.


Therefore to many, Basildon appears to be relatively new but it is in fact a very old parish.  The name is derived from the Anglo Saxon name 'Boerthal Hill'.  Don (duna) is Anglo Saxon meaning 'hill' and Boerthal is a personal name.

The Domesday Book of 1086 spells the name as 'Berlesduna'.  So Basildon is not sixty years old but well over a thousand years old.