The River Ching
The River Ching flows south west towards
Post to the east Buckhurst Hill
Post to the north Chingford
Post to the south Highams Park
Post to the west Pimps Hall
Coppiced woodland now administered as part of
Epping Forest. It is marked as such on a map of 1735 where it is separated from
Hatch Grove by a field. There is however a wood bank on the eastern edge of
both which is continuous along the two woods – which implies they were once
one. Some trees were cut down during the second world war The name ‘Blue House’ can refer to a dye works
making Prussian blue, or another blue product.
Field. In 1735 called Hogg's Coate Field – which might mean a pig
sty. This area was probably once also woodland grubbed up in the 17th
and part of both Bluehouse and Hatch Groves.
British Legion Road,
road and houses were owned by the British Legion.
was once part of Hatch Lane
Town Football Club ground. This ground is now derelict with some remains may be
in the undergrowth.
is supposed to come from 15th resident John Friday. Earlier it was Jackart or Jacketts Hill. There was a local story about toads and
snakes, which spat fire. It remained
undeveloped and rural until the death of Louisa Heathcote in 1940. The London County Council built housing estate
on either side of the road is also called Friday Hill
Plane tree with a plaque from 1998 as one of the great trees of London
as part of Epping Forest
of the same woodland area as Blue House Grove.
Court flats at the roundabout on the Friday Hill corner. Site of pub which grew
from sales in the 1820s by a pork butcher in a hut called The Dun Cow. It later
became The Manor Hotel and then The Manor Arms, known for its dance floor. It
was later called The Horseless Carriage, and then The Wheelwrights and
demolished in 2003.
Manor Farm Drive
Farm was in this area, and was purchased and named as this by John Heathcote
was previously called Brook Vale Road and leading to a farm of that name.
Primary School. 1980s school described as ‘forceful’.
Hill House. The site of the original manor house is obscure and a site on what
was then Jacketts Hill was bought by a John Branch in the late 16th where
a house was built. Inside is an oak table from the original house where James I
is said to have knighted ‘Sir Loin’. The
present house was built by Rev Boothby Heathcote when he inherited it in 1838
and was designed by Lewis Vuillamy. Inside
are remains of posh interiors - a room with two walls of trompe d'oeil panels,
prettily painted with flowers and birds on a green background, each one
different, and attributed to Thomas Kershaw. The family continued to live
there until the death of Louisa Boothby-Heathcote in 1940 when the land and
house were sold to the London County Council.
It has since been used as a Community Centre.
Western Sewage Works
was bought here in 1882 for a sewage works to serve parts of Woodford.
was called Cock Tylers Lane until 1900. This is named from Whitehall
stood on the corner of Courtland Avenue and was demolished in the early 1930s.
In the Great War it was used by the Royal Naval Air Station’s photographic
School and Science College. This has morphed out of a secondary school built in
1950 to serve the estate. The school in the 1950s was designed by H. Conolly, Essex County Architect, with long
two-storey classrooms ranges.
Woodford Golf Course
Home Sweet Home. Greater London Council
Victoria County History
Walford Village London
Ray Chingford Past
Heathcote School web site
British Listed Buildings web site
Whitehall Primary School web site
London Borough of Waltham Forest web site