Thursday, 18 August 2011

Thames Tributary River Roding - Buckhurst Hill

Thames Tributary River Roding
The Roding continues to flow south west and is met by the Loughton Brook from the north west

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Post to the east Roding Lane
Post to the south Chigwell


Area of open space and playing fields on the edges of Loughton and Chigwell

Greenstead Road

White Bridge Junior School.

Roding Lane
David Lloyd, Chigwell Sports Centre
RAF Chigwell. This was in the area round the David Lloyd Centre. In 1943 it housed 3.600 and covered 70 acres hangers, billet huts, NAAFI, Post office, Chapel, etc. It was initially a centre for Second World War barrage balloons and later mobile air traffic control teams training for the D-Day landings and in the 1950s for the nuclear early warning system. It closed in 1958 and was used by the Air Training Corp. Eventually it was transferred to Chigwell Urban District Council. There remains some concrete roads, and a circular grassed area which was the balloon launch pad
Royal Observer Corps post – underground and now sealed and capped with concrete. It stands in a compound within an earlier compound. Inside was a battery, beds and furniture.
Manor House – the RAF station covered the site of Chigwell Hall Manor. However, a new manor house had been built some distance to the west during the 17th. It was a moated site, the moat surviving until infilled by the RAF
Guru Gobind Singh Khalsa College – independent secondary comprehensive school in the old High School buildings.
Buckhurst Hill County High School. The school was opened in 1938, and became comprehensive in the 1970s as Roding Valley High School. In 1989 it moved to a different site and the building was sold.
Buckhurst Hill Football Club. Founded in 1985 and funded the site and buildings which date from 2002.

Roding Valley Meadows
The nature reserve covers much of this area. Roding Meadows Nature Reserve is owned by Epping Forest District Council and the Grange Farm Centre Trust and managed by Essex Wildlife Trust.
Lake was dug to provide gravel for the M11.

Sources
Buckhurst Hill Football Club
Fighter Control. Web site
Guru Gobind Singh Khalsa College. Web site
Pevsner and Cherry. Essex
Victoria County History. Essex

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