Aldborough Hatch

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Aldeborough Hatch

Lay at the southernmost entrance to Hainault Forest. Marked thus on the Ordnance Survey map of 1883, earlier ‘Aldborough Hacche’ c.1490, ‘Aberryhatche’ 17th century, ‘Abury Hatch’ 1805. It is probably a manorial name from the ‘Alborgh’ or ‘Albourgh’ family mentioned in 14th and 15th records, with Old English  -  'a hatch gate' originally giving access to Hainault Forest. ‘Aberry’ or ‘Abury’ represent the old local pronunciation of the name.  Forest gate held by the ‘Albourgh family'. John and Stephen Albourgh are referred to in documents of the early fourteenth century; the family possibly originated in one of the several places called Albury in Hertfordshire

It was a manorial estate, with two farms, formed by the Barnes family out of part of Barking Abbey's lands after the Dissolution. The estate was divided in two in 1668 and descended through a succession of inheritors and purchasers, and part sold to the Crown in 1828, which acquired the remainder in 1929 for airport, and old houses sold to City as part of sale of Hainault Forest. In that time the farmhouses were improved and the parish church and schools erected. In the 1930 the estate passed to Ilford Borough Council and the creep of suburbia began

Sams Green. Market garden in the 1860s. Mr. Walters, Grew turnips, followed by oats, clover, and wheat or rye, the stubble of which was grazed in time for potatoes or turnips to be planted.

This was one of the entry points to Hainault Forest. Hatches or gates here, the boundary marked with hedges and rows of stones.

Aldeburgh Road North

Garden and gazebo of Clock House, derelict when he wrote in 1952, site of part of the mansion

St.Peter.  Under the Hainault Forest Inclosure Act (1851) land was set aside for the erection of a church. In 1861 the Commissioners of Woods and Forests agreed to give £1,000 for a building that would take the place of the chapel at Aldborough Hatch, continue the annual payment of £20 towards the salary of the incumbent. In 1863 the church was built,  designed by Arthur Ashpitel in a 13th style, and built with stone which had previously formed part of Westminster Bridge. S

Church Hall. Former School, 1867, closed 1912. single-'storey 20th  extensions on each side.

Oaks Lane

Aldeborough Hatch farmhouse substantial house in the c18 demolished in the c9 and replaced. 1855-7 by modest successors built by the Crown, whose badge it wears

Barn at Aldborough House Farm.  Formerly its chapel and a chapel of ease for the farm labourers perhaps built in 1728 at the same time as the farmhouse to which it was attached. Later used as a fowl house but has been converted, extended and over restored. Services were held here until 1863 when St Peter's Church was opened.

Chapel at Aldenborough Hatch – the manor belonged in the mid-17th to Edward Kighley who was a Presbyterian minister preaching to a local population of 200.

Methodist Church.  Church now in the former school.  1934. 


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