Showing posts from January, 2019


Post to the south Avery Hill Crown Woods Way Eltham Cemetery and Eltham Cematorium: The cemetery was opened in 1935 and laid out by the Borough Engineer. It was flat site with a grid of plots with trees. Trees were planted along the paths, very densely along the boundary with Rochester Way. The Crematorium was added in 1956. It has two chapels said to be like Liverpool's Roman Catholic Cathedral. Three is a Garden of Remembrance, a pergola walk and lake with small waterfall. There is a more recent series of Memorial Courts. Eastcote Road Eastcote Primary School . This Primary School is now an ‘academy’ in the Leigh Academies Trust business.  The school was rebuilt in 2008 replacing a building from 1935 Falconwood, Wimpey, Wates and Ideal Homesteads laid out the area in the, 1930s, for the cheaper end of the market. It was thought people would work in London but would not be able to afford a car. Tit was built on the site of West Wood. Falconwood Field Green open sp

Fulwell Cross & Fairlop Station

Post to the north Hainault Post to the south Barkingside Post to the west Barkingside Mossford Green Post to the east Fairlop Plain Colvin Gardens Fairlop Primary School . The school opened in temporary huts on the field in 1929. The foundation tablet for the present school was unveiled in 31st 1933. The school was designed by L.E.J. Reynolds, Architect to the Ilford Education Committee, and J.F.A Cavanagh, Senior Architectural Assistant for Schools. It is of the type which was practised consistently for interwar suburban schools Fairlop Oak Fairlop is named after the Fairlop Oak – which probably stood near Fairlop Waters in the square to the east. In 1951 a tree, called the 'new Fairlop Oak' was planted on the green at Fulwell Cross. Fairlop Road State Cinema . This was opened by Cumberland Cinemas Ltd. in 1938. It had entrances on both Fairlop and Fullwell roads; there was a cafe/ballroom and two car-parks. It was designed by George Coles with sweeping corners

Islington Essex Road

Post to the north Canonbury Alwyne Road Especially grand Italianate examples where the gardens back on to the New River. I7  Alongside the house is part of a late 16th octagonal garden house from Old Canonbury House. The brickwork is covered with stucco. Arran Walk This was Marquess Road until the 1960s. 80 The Bridge .  Built as a Council Neighbourhood Centre, this is now New River Baptist Church providing community service for the area Asteys Row This is a footpath parallel to the New River, originally built in the mid-18th by a John Astey. The area suffered considerable bomb damage in the Second World War It is now a narrow space with rockwork; some called 'Islington's Cheddar Gorge'. New River .  This section of the New River was enclosed in pipes in 1892/3 and became a stretch of derelict land. Later the pipes were removed and gardens laid out here.  There have been re-landscaping works since as Asteys Row Rock Gardens. Children’s playground . Recently r


Post to the west Sandown Post to the north Imber Douglas Road Coal duty obelisk on the railway embankment in front of 100 near the junction with Blair Avenue.  It displays a coat of arms. Littleworth Common. This was part of the Ditton Commons and known as Ditton Marsh, as it was once an open wet meadow. A large pond has been built on the edge of the Common. It has secondary woodland - birches and bracken – and roe deer. Lower Green Road Coal tax post . This is on the south side of the road opposite Lower Green Open Space Bridge carrying the main line to Surbiton out of Esher Station.  This bridge was – from the abutments – once considerably wider.  Old maps show sidings on the embankment above the road on the east side of the bridge.  In the embankment here is a brick structure which appears to include a blocked tunnel and old maps mark a ‘subway’. This subway was an exit from platforms 1 and 2 and was financed by the Racing Club as a quicker way to get to the racecourse

Epsom Downs

Bunbury Way Housing Estat e. Built by Charles Church on the site of Epsom Downs Station and its marshalling yards. Windey lane, oldey looking houses all built in the 1980s. Amazing. Epsom Downs Station. This opened in 1865 and was the terminus of the Southern Rail Line from Banstead. This station was built by the Banstead and Epsom Downs Railway Company to service race goers to Epsom Race Course via Sutton and was  opened by London Brighton and South Coast Railway designed by David J Field,.  The address was Longdown Lane South. Originally it was half a mile from Epsom racecourse and, for 36 years until Tattenham Corner station was opened it was the station for race traffic but no road was built from the station to the Grandstand until 1892. They also handed school treat days.   It had nine platforms, with no shelters, which were in in use for only six days a year. The platforms were reduced to two in 1972, and later reduced to single track operation in 1982. Station masters office

Epsom Town Centre

Post to the north Epsom Ashley Avenue This is now the southern part of the road which encircles the Ashley Centre and part of the A24. The road appears to have been a 1930s cul de sac running westward from Ashley Road between the police station and Ashley House 2 Epsom Gateway . Office block Epsom Playhouse . This opened in 1984 and has a programme featuring professional and community productions. I5 includes the Myers Studio which used as a regular venue for professional productions, Jazz evenings, children's shows and community events. Statue. Outside the entrance to The Playhouse is a statuette of John Gilpin as 'Spectre de la Rose' by Tom Merrifield Petrofina House . Petrofina were an early office occupant of the Ashley Centre. Bradley's Brewery . The brewery appears to have originated with James Chandler who with his son in 1824 to set up as brewers and maltsters. They were bankrupt by 1857 and William Bradley took over the brewery and rebuilt it in 187