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Site of gravel pit where Joseph Denby built a cottage in
Hummocky ground from abandoned pits excavated for road
Cobham fold was a postern gate for the Tudor deerpark.
Fairmile Farm.Owned by John
Southey, 15th Lord Somerville.Inventor of a number of farm implements.
Windmill in the
early 19th near the site of the present hotel.
The Fairmile stretch was the site of cycle racing in the
1870s. It is also where an AA man was prosecuted for warning motorists of a
police speed trap.
16 mile stone
opposite junction with Fairmile Road.Incorporated into a chain link fence. 18in high with distances on it.
Fairmile Hotelsimilar to the other.
Built by Dr.William Anderson
Fairmile Cottage.Invicta Cars
started by Noel Macklin.Later he
started Fairmile Engineering which imported Chassis from the USA.firm made Railton car-using chassis delivered
from Chiswick and bodywork made in Ealing and Hanwellin 1930s.In ther 1930s Railton Motors was sold to the US Hudson Motors and the
works made Fairmile motor gunboats. Later taken over by the Ministry of
Defence. Presented with the bell from HMS Cobham.
Gate Lodge was built at the same time as the main house for the gatekeeper and
his family (see photo left). The original wrought iron gate has been restored,
however many other gates were melted down to make equipment in World War II
arranger's romantic walled garden. Topiary and garlanded cisterns around
house); circular lawn surrounded by borders designed for droughttolerance; hot garden with railway sleeper
feature; gravel bed; dovecote; bee alcoves; sorbus lutescens avenue, bog
garden, paving and pots.
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 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
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