Marks Gate

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Post to the north Marks Gate

Lawn Farm grove

Marks Gate School

Whalebone Lane 

Corner with Whalebone Lane North is disused chapel

Queens Theatre.  Well established attraction.

In 1936, in a field between Whalebone Lane North and Billet Lane, a coffin carved from one solid block of sandstone, was discovered The coffin was quite badly damaged, but there was still a skeleton inside it. Pottery vessels were also found nearby

Mark stones. On the east side of Whalebone Lane, just to the south of Chadwell Heath Cemetery are twin stones, one bearing the inscription "MAR(KS) STONE". They lie almost hidden atop a low bank in the elm hedge and are surviving marker stones from this earlier age.

Chadwell Heath Cemetery. Laid by Dagenham UDC in 1933-4. Close to the gates is the Chapel a good design by T.R Francis, the Council Surveyor. Austere, in brick and reconstituted stone with a semi-heptagonal apsed end set beneath a kneelered gable. 

Opposite the cemetery one remaining arable field

Paulatim Lodge, well house and pump with windmill.

Warren school

Warren Farm. Contains site of Marks Hall. Marked as ‘Warren ‘on the Ordnance Survey map of 1883, earlier ‘Marks Warren’ 1640, that is; 'rabbit warren belonging to the manor of Marks'

Marks Hill was acquired c.1461 by Sir Thomas Urswyck. He may have rebuilt the house, described c. 1796 as 'an ancient structure of timber and plaster forming a quadrangle. It is surrounded by a moat at two corners of which are square towers embattled'. this moat partly survives.  The house was demolished 1808. 20 rooms gatehouse, chapel. Estate was sold to the Crown in 1855.

Warren Farm Barn. Listed Grade II but considered to be at risk. Large c17 red brick barn. a large c17 barn with a long gambrel roof and mighty cart entrance. It was associated with the old manor house of Marks

Anti Aircraft Battery a relic of London's defences, well-preserved and substantial erected in 1935-9. Concrete semicircular emplacements for eight guns, accommodation blocks and shelters

The Warren Stone Listed Grade II but considered to be at risk.  Boundary stone, 1642, situated in Chadwell Heath Gun Site . In storage with Warren Hall Farm tenant farmers while gravel extraction takes place. To be reinstated in its original position.

arable field – one of two which lies within the Borough

Marks Gate

Marks Gate. Recorded thus in 1777 and on the Ordnance Survey map of 1883, named from ‘Merkes’ 1368, ‘Markys’ c.1480, ‘Markes’ 1594, ‘Marks’ 1805, a manorial name indicating the estate of the family of Simon de Merk 1330. The moated site of the manor house. Mark's Hall  - called Marks House in 1663 – can still be seen. The 'gate' refers to an entrance into Hainault Forest which once extended north from here, and the surname ‘de Merk’ is from Old English ‘mearc’ -  'boundary', here alluding to the edge of the forest. Marks a gate to the Forest. Forest was originally marked with the Marks Stone and the Warren Stone

Marks Gate

Fortified hilltop village in 600 BC but only the hill left now. Otherwise it is still very rural.  Medieval manor of Marks was part of Barking and had its own manor court from the 14th and special rights in Hainault Forest. 

Hainault forest boundary stone.  Warren stone still there

Marks Gate Estate,

 Planned c. 1951-6 as a joint enterprise with Ilford Borough Council, to designs by A.E. Stickland, Dagenham Borough Engineer. A self-contained community with its own church and schools.  

Baptist church,  originated about  1917, when Miss Fleet started a Sunday school.

Rose Lane

Central road for Dagenham's Marks Gate Estate,

In advance of the laying out of the estate, a site at the corner of Rose Lane and Hatch Grove was reserved for a small L-shaped group of bungalows for the disabled, erected as Dagenham's War Memorial to designs by Graham Dawbarn, 1956. only three dwellings around a sunken garden.

A single seventeen-storey tower block, by M. Maybury, was added at the end of the site, c. 1965.                   

White’s Farm. 

Was once on the edge of Hainault Forest and the hedge is that of the Liberty of Havering Atte Bower.

Horses on pasture, grassy field, hedges, pond.  Pond is gravel extraction again.


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