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River Tillingbourne. Chilworth

River Tillingbourne The Tillingbourne flows south westwards in two parallel streams. TQ 03884 47954 Tremendously interesting area on the outskirts of Guildford. The remains of a vast armaments factory disguised in woodlands and water ways.  Some other milling related remains and also remains of Second World War Defence structures Post to the north Postford Mill Post to the west Chilworth Chilworth Road Opened in 1876 and cuts across the end of Postford Pond Postford House . This was built as Postford Hill by Charles Ball in 1796. He was one of a family of paper makers involved in the industry locally.  It was later the home of William Magnay wholesale stationer and Lord Mayor of London in 1844 and a number of subsequent wealthy residents. It was used as a hospital in the Great   War. In 1956 a purpose-built shed housed a model railway layout. Postford House Mill . This mill was built by the paper making Mangays and is still standing near the entrance to the drive in the gr

River Tillingbourne. Postford Mill

River Tillingbourne The Tillingbourne flows westwards, and divides into two, both flowing south westwards, There are also associated mill leats Post to the south Chilworth Colyers Hangar Colyers Hangar. This is a Site of Special Scientific Interest. It is on the south-facing escarpment of the Greensand Ridge, on St. Martha's Hill. It includes Ancient Woodland and an area of heath land. It is of particular interest for the diversity of the woodland which results from the geological diversity. Coarse sands in the upper slopes support pedunculate oak/birch/hazel woodland. The middle slopes support an ash and maple on light sandy soils and material leached from an outcrop of Bargate Stone. On the lower slopes at the spring line is alder. These last two are nationally rare.  It is said to be called ‘collier’s’ because of workers there who supplied charcoal to the gunpowder industry along the riverside below  - and alder wood was particularly suitable and often planted for the purp

Gospel Oak to Barking Railway. Little Ilford

Gospel Oak to Barking Railway, The Gospel Oak to Barking Railway line runs south eastwards from Woodgrange Park Station towards Barking The Great Eastern Railway from Liverpool Street to Ilford runs north eastwards from Manor Park Station and onwards Post to the west Manor Park Post to the north Aldersbrook Post to the east Little Ilford Post to the south East Ham Pashet Bluebell Avenue New housing on what was the site of the Woodgrange Park Station goods yard and entered via a path from Warwick Avenue which goes through the old area of the line and under the main road Woodgrange Park Community Centre Browning Road Little Ilford School. Secondary School . Founded in 1957. The site was previously used for Rectory Manor School, a local authority girls' school. Sri Murugan Temple . The decorations follow Tamil traditions.  The start of the temple was in 1975 when a group of Hindus from the Tamil community in London got together to plan and fund raise.  A programme of

Gospel Oak to Barking Railway. Manor Park

Gospel Oak to Barking Rail line The line from Gospel Oak to Barking runs eastwards from Wanstead Park Station to Woodgrange Park The Great Eastern Railway to Ilford runs north eastwards from Forest Gate Station, through Manor Park Station and beyond Post to the west Forest Gate Post to the east Little Ilford Post to the north Aldersbrook Post to the south East Ham Plashet Balmoral Road 1a Elfes Moumental Masons . family run traditional stonemasons. established since 1894. Bluebell Avenue Housing on the site of Woodgrange Park Goods Depot. Capel Road 166 Golden Fleece pub Clarence road Housing north of Cumberland Road on the site of rail sidings on the London Tilbury and Southend Railway serving Forest Gate goods depot. Forest Gate Junction This is where the original London Tilbury and Southend railway of 185 4 diverted from the Eastern Coast main line.   The Tottenham and Forest Gate Railway – now the Gospel Oak to Barking line crosses it on a viaduct and then merg

Gospel Oak to Barking Railway. Forest Gate

Gospel Oak to Barking Railway. Forest Gate The Gospel Oak to Barking Railway running from Leytonstone High Road goes south east to Wanstead Park Station and thenceforth eastwards The Great Eastern Railway to Ilford runs north eastwards from Maryland Station, through Forest Gate Station and beyond. Post to the north Wanstead Flats Post to the east Manor Park Post to the west Cann Hall Post to the south Upton Bignold Road Bignold Hall . This began in the 1870s with an iron room.  In 1881 a hall was built in the corner with Station Road and this became the largest Brethren's meeting in West Ham. In the Second World War it was bombed, and a new hall was opened in 1958. It appears now to  be used by a variety of organisations many of them Christian. Capel Road Joseph Fry drinking fountain . This is near the corner with Centre Road. Joseph Fry was the son of Elizabeth Fry and  arranged provision of drinking fountains for people and horses. Chapter Road This road, which

Gospel Oak to Barking Rail line. Wanstead Flats

Gospel Oak to Barking Rail Line The line from Leytonstone High Road going to Wanstead run south eastwards Post to the west Leytonstone Post to the south Forest Gate Post to the north Wanstead Golf  Course and Basin Aldersbrook Estate Land around the old Children’s Home has been developed as local authority housing estate, Aldersbrook Road St Gabriel. The parish of Aldersbrook was set up in 1903 with a mission church to serve a housing estate built in the hamlet of Aldersbrook. Land, used as a nursery was bought and an iron mission church built and dedicated to St Gabriel the Archangel. By 1912 the population had increased and a larger and more permanent building was needed and the present church was dedicated in 1914 .The church was designed By Charles Spooner, with funding from the Misses Nutter. It is built of thin red bricks, with tile decoration. Aldersbrook Children’s Homes. In 1907, the West Ham Guardians purchased The Aldersbrook site and in 1911 built five Receiving