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Claybury Broadway

Site of Claybury Farm.


Like Claybury takes its name from the de la Clay family who lived here in 1203. first recorded in 1410. ‘Clayburyhall’  'hall or manor-house in  clay-soil area'.  Recorded thus in 1449 and on the Ordnance Survey map of 1883, named from ‘la Claie’ 1203, ‘La Ciaya’ 1239. from Old English

Clayhall manor lay a mile south-east of Woodford Bridge, was a free tenement held of Barking abbey. It is first mentioned in 1203. Clayhall was in the Monins family until 1918, when J. H. Monins sold it 

Clayhall was a building of considerable size and the residence of its rich and titled owners, as well as of Sir Christopher Hatton. It was improved by Sir Thomas Cambell, Bt. d. 1665. Two plaques with the arms of Sir Thomas and his wife Hester were put on the gateposts at the main entrance with stone ball above them. Sir Thomas also built a brick granary, with a stone tablet giving the date and his family. The mansion was demolished in the middle of the 18th and replaced by a farmhouse. the date 1763, is shown on a tablet in the wall of the granary.

Clayhall Farm. The house was of brick, contained two stories and attics and  was occupied by William Lamb, his son James, and his grandson Frank Lamb, who was still the tenant when Clayhall was broken up for building. The farmhouse and its out-buildings were demolished in 1935. The gateposts and balls of 1648 had been reset in a wall of the building

A private chapel, built at Clayhall by Sir Christopher Hatton was consecrated in 1616 by Thomas Morton, Bishop of Chester. This chapel, later used as a barn, was demolished in 1935. It was a small building of red brick. The south-west wall had two round-headed windows with moulded cills inscribed '1659 Hes. Cambell' and '1659 Tho.Cambell'

Clayhall Avenue

Tiptree Estate –only council housing in the area.

Clayhall Park

After the farmland of Clay Hall was built over, the house demolished in 1935 -and its grounds preserved as a public park for the new suburb.

Longwood Gardens

Doctor Johnson pub, a surprisingly intact piece of Moderne Neo- Georgian by H. Reginald Ross, 1938.  Over the entrances, portraits in relief of the good Doctor by Arthur Betts.  Domestic but big, the scale one associates with the interwar suburbs, with separate rooms on four sides of the bar. Snug corner bar, Deco style with exceptionally well-preserved bar fittings in teak with concealed lighting and illuminated pelmet.  

Lord Avenue

 Parkhill Junior and Infants Schools.  A one-off by a junior member of the Borough Architect's Dept., D. Edison, c. 1939-40, and a definite break with conservative earlier designs.  Flat-roofed, Modernist single-storey finger plan for the junior school classrooms, designed on the open-air principle with their own entrances to the playing field. Separate Nursery block with big bow-ended wing.  Some recent additions and replacement of the original hinged, full-height glazing on each side of the classrooms.

Stoneleigh Road

St John Vianney RC. Stoneleigh Road. 1966 by Donald Plaskett Marshall. A severe concrete and brick cruciform church. Reordered 1983 by Austin Winkley of Williams & Winkley, 

Stoneleigh Court – sheltered housing unit where personal Lifeline alarms were pioneered.

Woodford Avenue 

Congregational church and sports field

St George’s church


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