The Ching flows south west and then turns North
Post to the west Banbury Reservoir
Post to the east Hale End
The King. Roman Catholic Church built in
1996 by Scott Tallon Walker, replacing a church of 1932. It is a landmark on the North Circular Road in
Brown brick with a triangular bell-tower. Inside are furnishings by Herbert
Read of St Sidwell's Artworks, Tiverton. There is a small Blessed Sacrament
chapel, with an engraved metal tabernacle and abstract stained glass by
Sarianne Durie, 1998.
Greyhound stadium. This was opened in 1931 by William Chandler and
remained in his family. It replaced a stadium
set up by the Walthamstow Grange Football club and institute and part of the
land used was the Myrtle Grove Sports Ground. It is a survivor of a popular
suburban working-class entertainment of the earlier 20th. It was also
used for motor cycle speedway and stock car racing and the speedway track is
said to remain on site. It has a long white concrete frontage with stepped art deco
parapet built in 1932, plus red tubular railings which front a parking area. It
once had a clock tower and a night club was opened in its remains. Thus is very
striking at night when the neon lighting, installed for the 1952 coronation, is
visible. There are two original totalisator boards designed by Thomas Edge of
Woolwich. The stands, designed by Captain Meston, have cantilevered roofs, one
of concrete, the corrugated metal, with a hospitality suite from the 1980s. The
River Ching runs under the south stand in a culvert. The kennels are arranged
in a crescent. Closed in 2008 and likely to be housing.
Roadside grassed waste outside the Greyhound
Stadium is part of Epping Forest. The Ching runs under it in a culvert
area across the road from the stadium was used as a parking area for patrons to
Hall. This was a local manor mentioned in 1303. Its land lay between Billet
Road and the Chingford boundary and with s fields on Folly Lane and Chingford Road.
It was sold to the Crown in the mid-16th and in 1564 was leased to Elizabeth’s
old tutor and academic, Roger Ascham. The land was eventually sold for development
in 1904. The hall itself was first mentioned in 1499 lying south of the Ching
on the west side of Chingford Road. A
timber framed house was built here in the 16th which was demolished by
the local council in 1952 when excavation revealed it’s the medieval
Playing fields opened here in the early 20th by Hackney
based Major Charles Villiers for Hoxton Manor boys club. The land had previously
been a dairy farm on the site of Salisbury Hall.
Manor Allotments. The allotment site was set up in
1957 on what had been council run playing fields. This was for plot holders who
had lost sites at Eton Manor allotments because of the building of Ruckholt
and Blades Playing Field
from the pre-Great War period with the Ching providing the north boundary,
name of the road indicates that it was intended to stretch through to Highams
Park Station – and old maps show it joining to Merriam Avenue. However extensions to the Xylonite works
blocked its route.
factory. This extension to the British Xylonite works stood at what is now the
end of the road. Here Lactoid was made by BX Plastics was made from 1922.
Lactoid is a Casein plastic based on a process using milk curds. There is now housing
on the site.
Highams Park and Chingford Affiliated Synagogue. Founded in
1932, in other premises. This modernist brick building was opened in 1937. It
has a tiled entrance.
Marc and Adele Blair hall. Youth centre built in 1968 to match the
School Sports grounds. Parminters School was based in Bethnal
Green, and is now in Watford. In 1920 land was purchased in Highams Park to provide a
sports ground. The school now has its own
sports centre in Watford and this ground, which was sold to the local
authority, is used by local teams. An arrangement with the Old Boys Association
continued for a while after the sale.
Sports College. Secondary school
End Sports Ground
previously known as the London Hospital Athletic Ground.
Holiday Inn Express. The front was built as headquarters for Hitchman's Dairy
with lots of green-glazing and green pantiles on the roof. It was opened in
1938 for milk processing. Hitchman’s Dairies had evolved from local farmers one of whom was John Hitchman who leased Wadham Lodge farm from Wadham College
in the 1860 and gradually took on other local farms in the Highams Park area. He
retailed milk in the area throughout the late 19th. After the Great War Hitchman's were taken
over by Davies and Williams, and the firm became Hitchman's Dairies Ltd. And In 1938 this building was opened on what
was then Walthamstow Avenue. They became part of the Unigate group selling milk
in most of north east London.
Chingford as it Was
Victoria County History Chingford
Ray Chingford Past
Walford Village London
Field. Place Names of London
Hayward Streets of Chingford
Christ the King. webside
Walthamstow Stadium website
Hoxton Manor Allotments website
Plastics Historical Society website
Highams Park and Chingford Synagogue website
British History Walthamstow website
London Borough of Waltham Forest Sports Fields web site
Rushcroft College web site