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Name about a man called
Bicca and a woodland clearing dating from around 1279. ‘Byckeleye’ 1279, ‘Bykeieye’ 1292, ‘Bikeleye’
1297, 'woodland clearing on or near a pointed ridge', or 'woodland clearing of
a man called Bica', from Old English ‘bica or personal name and ‘leah’.
The Old Cottage. c.1599. Behind a brick wall. Red brick and half
behind a brick wall and gateway dated1599. The gate arch is still straight-sided, a
pre-Renaissanceform, with a stretched brick hoodmould and a gable
with thestumps of octagonal finials. The cottage itself also c
1599Timber-framed, with some red brick. Gabled porch openbelow on flat, shaped,
baluster-like posts. The plan not sym-metrical, but of the -lobby-entry' type, the
coming thing atthat date. (In the w upper room a stone fireplace with
over it set in a roundel with Mannerist pilasters )
3 Orchard Cottage, Attractive, colourful and varied garden, compartmentalised and
themed, with many interesting and unusual herbaceous plants and shrubs.
Including areas of scree beds, troughs and pots with alpines and other
Bird in Hand pub
Bird in Hand Lane
Westwood, Newton, 1889. The same
ingredients, with the same windows,rectangular
but of any convenient proportion. Big off-centrechimney
8 by Newton, built forhimself in 1884, so exceptionally early
22, a very early work of W. Curtis
Green, 1899, roughcast, with a pair of shallow window-bows and a Venetian motif
in the gable,
Molescroft, also 1899, also
roughcast, by Newton.
58 by Figgis the much coarser 1908
Park Farm Road
Convent, Holy Trinity.
Early eighteenth century house. Present entrance is modern. An earlyC 18 house of three
storeys, the top one treated as an atticDarkred brick. No entrance on
this side, or on the opposite sidewhich
was remodelled late in the c 18 with a big bow for thefull height. The present entrance is modern.
This descriptionrefers to the r. block;
for the block that answers it and therecessed centre pinched between the two were only added inthe early C20.
Good style houses.Ice well
107 Newton 1902
46 Crown Pub
1794 improved by Humphrey
Repton and William Kent,
26 by W. J. Pamphilon, further witty
displays of Newtonisms, 1906
28 by F. Baxendale, 1906 further
witty displays of Newtonisms
Used to be two iron houses
very very nasty.
V2 attack at
1.36pm, 11 February 1945There were no
casualties but Sundridge Park Hotel was damaged again.
site of Eastons Farm. Was
the boundary of the Palace grounds.
Upper Park Road/Orchard Road corner.
Freelands home of Free
Lands Convent. Very old chest found in the cellar. Well Cottage supposed to be
beams from Armada ships in
Post to the south Woodside Post to the east Birkbeck Post to the north Anerley Albert Road This road is the earliest built here, first listed in 1855, and although the Croydon Canal was no longer in use it influenced the alignment of the road. From the junction with Portland Road looking the curve of the road reflects the line of the old canal which was to the north of the houses. It is named after Albert, the Prince Consort. 74-76 Stanleybury . Very large three-storey semis. Built for William Stanley, who moved to 74 in 1867. William Stanley’s works in South Norwood was complimented by his local philanthropy. His site is now a close of modern flats. Accidentally demolished. 67 small trading estate and MOT centre . At one time this was home to a theatre transport specialist. St.Mark . This was the first church in the area and is the parish church by G. H. Lewis. The nave was built in 1852 and the church was extended in 1862 and in successive years until 1890. It is in Kentis
River Lea/Bow Creek The Lea winds itself generally southwards towards the Thames TQ 39505 81448 Canning Town on the Essex bank of Lea/Bow Creek. This was, and is, a heavily industrialised area together with a very down market housing area with markets, shops, cinemas, pubs and many charitable and missionary organisations. In the 2000s public transport has been transformed and much housing renewed, and it is an area in a great deal of change. Post to the west Poplar Post to the south Leamouth and Dome Post to the east Canning Town, Butchers Road Post to the north West Ham Station Appleby Road The road is named after a local ARP warden who was killed during the Blitz. A pre-war suburban ideal is demonstrated in this West Ham estate. Barking Road It was built by the Commercial Road Turnpike Trust from the East India Docks eastwards. Now the A124 it formed part of the original A13 before the building so the East Ham and Barking Bypass in 1928. It was widened as part o
Post to the west (north west quarter) Mile End Post to the west (north east quarter) Post to the east Bromley by Bow Post to the north Old Ford Addington Road Addington Arms . Pub dating from the 1860s. It does not appear to be still there. Police stables . From 1938 twenty horses were located here. These stables were built in moderne style white concrete by police surveyor Gilbert Mackenzie Trench. There is a stable at the back as well as tack rooms and a chimney for the forge – there was a full time farrier. Above are two flats for married police officers. The white concrete wall is original. Alfred Street 1-5 Inland Revenue Office . Sold off 1981. Has been used as a college an as offices Almshouses Way, This was once called Priscilla Street. 1 Drapers' Almshouses . These were built in 1706. What remains is a brick group of four tenements with central raised and pedimented chapel. They were restored in 1982 but were originally part of a larger group funded by