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River Lea - Wild Marsh

River Lea The River Lee, The Lea Navigation, the Aqueduct and Pymmes Brook all flow southwards Post to the north Angel Road industry Post to the east Banbury Reservoir Post to the south Lockwood Reservoir Argon Road British Oxygen . In 1901 Aerators Ltd., - later Sparklets - built a new factory at Angel Road, where anew factory was built. After the war it sold most of the site to the British Oxygen Co. who extended the premises.  The works is known as the BOC Process Plant - up to 1992 it was Cyroplants, and it was an engineering works. They made Vacuum Insulated Tanks.  The large buildings which they use were bought from the Scott Lithgow Shipyard on the Clyde in the 1980s. Banbury Reservoir   Valve tower Glover Road Gothic Works . The works was built in 1897 by T. Glover Co., gas meters makers and R. and A. Main, who made gas stoves.   The two companies amalgamated in 1956 and became part of Thorn Electrical Industries. Another factory was built on the site in 1951 for Ma

River Lea Banbury Reservoir

River Lea The River Lea and the Aqueduct flow southwards towards the Thames. They are joined by the River Ching from the east Post to the north Chingford Mill Post to the east Walthamstow Stadium Post to the west  Wild Marsh Just south of the North Circular road this enormous reservoir fits into a bend in the Lea as it flows southwards together with other channels. It is now used for sports as well as water supply although the huge Greaves Pumping Station appears semi-derelict.  The reservoir is surrounded by 20th century housing and facilities with several important industries, which once included Phillips records factory. Banbury Reservoir Built under East London Water Works Acts of 1897 and 1900. Taken over by Metropolitan Water Board when opened in 1903. Now used by Lea Valley Watersports Centre.   The River Ching joins the Lea inside the reservoir   Banbury Road Housing – early 21 st housing built round the reservoir on what was Water Board land. Burnside Aven

River Ching Walthamstow Stadium

River Ching The Ching flows south west and then turns North West Post to the west Banbury Reservoir Post to the east Hale End Chingford Road Christ 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 20 th. It was also used for motor cycle speedway and stock car racing and the speedway track is said to remain on site. It

River Ching - Hale End

R iver Ching The River Ching flows westwards The Great Eastern Railway Line from Liverpool Street to Chingford runs northwards from Wood Street Station, through Highams Park Station and onwards Post to the east Woodford Green Post to the west Walthamstow Stadium Post to the south Walthamstow Post to the north Chingford Hatch Castle Avenue Built on the site of Castle Field, also called Castle Cold William. Sold in 1877 to become the Haile Park Freehold Building Estate. Hale End Library . Built in 1963 on the site of a house which had previously been used as the library by Drummond Clapp. Some of the structure of the original house was retained. Done up 2007. Cavendish Road Baptist Church . This began in 1913 as a mission in a local school which was set up as a church in 1915. There was a building here in 1917 but the present church, with a simple red brick front, dates from 1932. The Fellowship Hall adjoining was opened in 1956. Church Avenue An area of semi-detac

River Ching Woodford Green and Hale End

The River Ching The River Ching flows south west Post to the north Highams Park Post to the west Hale End Post to the east Woodford Green Alders Avenue In the 1930s this area was a cricket ground, but bought for housing by the local authority after the Second World War. Oakhill Primary School Brookfield House School . Special School. It is on the site of Brookfield House Brookfield House . This was a local middle class house, and home of the Armstrong family. In 1956 it was renamed Spackman House, an Essex County Council hostel for the elderly. This closed in 1990. The building was sold and demolished and there is now housing on the site. Brookfield Orthopaedic Hospital .   The Hale End Red Cross Hospital for convalescent servicemen opened in 1915 in the grounds of Brookfield House, Oak Hill.   Armstrong had donated the land and money in memory of his son who had been killed in the war.   It was known as the Brookfield Red Cross Hospital and was maintained by the Hale En

River Ching Highams Park

River Ching The River Ching flows south towards the Lee Post to the north Friday Hill Post to the south Woodford Green and Hale End Post to the west Chingford Hatch Post to the east Woodford Wells Beechwood Road This is part of the Highams Estate Chingford Lane Some early Warner Estate development with terraced housing in the late 1870s. St.Andrew's Church of England . This opened in 1880 with services held in the Working Men's hall and then in a room nearby. An iron church was erected in 1888. In 1923 the iron was replaced with cement and the frame had moved north to make room for a hall, and kitchen. The original wooden bell-tower was also removed Elm Grove This is part of the settlement of Woodford Row which grew up around the windmill and the main road. Forest Glade The road runs along beside woodland and the River Ching and the area known as The Sale Grealock Road This is part of the Highams Estate Henry’s Avenue Park Farm had stood at the eastern

River Ching - Friday Hill

The River Ching The River Ching flows south west towards the Lee Post to the east Buckhurst Hill Post to the north Chingford Post to the south Highams Park Post to the west Pimps Hall Bluehouse Grove 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. Bluehouse Road Bluehouse 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 17 th and part of both Bluehouse and Hatch Groves. British Legion Road, The road and houses were owned by the British Legion. Chingdale Road This was once part of Hatch Lane Chingford T

River Ching - Chingford

River Ching The Ching flows south east The railway line from Liverpool Street to Chingford, terminates here. TQ 39166 94606 Suburban area in roads leading to Chingford Station, which then changes to plains, golf courses and open areas as part of Epping Forest. The Hunting Lodge is a star in any setting . Post to the north Sewardstonebury Post to the east Chingford Post to the south Friday Hill Post to the west Chingford Barn Hoppet Connaught Club – tennis and bowls Beresford Road It was originally planned to call this Station Road Doric Cinema was on the corner with Station Road. It opened as the Chingford Pavilion in 1920 and it included a stage. After sound equipment was installed in 1929 it was re-named Chingford Cinema and then, later, taken over by Norbert Theatres, It was renamed Doric in 1941 and closed in 1957. It opened again in 1959 as the New Doric Cinema and closed again in 1961. It was demolished and offices now stand on the site. Flats on the corner o