Newbury Park

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Aldeburgh Road

St. John the Evangelist,. was dedicated in 1903.  In 1904 a new parish was created. 

William Torbitt School, 1937 by L.E.J. Reynolds, Architect to the Ilford Education Committee, and J.F.A. Cavanagh, Senior Architectural Assistant for Schools.  Long symmetrical front, with jagged Dudokian brickwork to the central and end towers

Canon Palmer Catholic High School, 1961 by Essex County Council.  Mother Teresa Sixth Form Centre: 1998 by Redbridge Architectural Consultancy.

Downshall County Junior and Infants Schools.  Downshall temporary board school was opened in 1899 A permanent building was completed in 1902. In 1947 the school was re-organized to provide a secondary school in addition to those for juniors and infants.


The manor of Downshall was west of Seven Kings Water, about a mile south- east of Newbury. It was a free tenement held of Barking Abbey until about 1250, when it became part of the abbey demesne. The name was derived from a family of tenants named Dun. Downshall occurs, as 'Dunneshall', in 1441 and 1456. In  1540 it was on lease from the abbey to Edward Harris and after the dissolution in 1546 it was granted by the Crown, to Sir Richard Gresham.  In 1730 John Hyde sold Downshall to John Dagge of Rotherhithe, mariner. Dagge left the manor to Mary Cherriton, and her son sold it in 1776 to a Deptford gardener named Edmonds. In 1847 James Edmonds was the owner of the estate.  It was later owned successively by James Hunsdon, a Mr. Edwards, and C. H. Hambly, the last of whom sold it for building to A. Cameron Corbett, who developed it in 1898-1901. The Porter family were tenant farmers of Downshall continuously at least from 1684 to 1793.

Eastern Avenue

Newton Industrial Estate, Woodcraft, Ebbes House.  A striking, white-rendered streamlined factory with a tall Art Deco tower - one of the few examples of the style to be built along the new arterial road.  1936 by Fuller Hall & Ferbam for Frederick King & Co. Ltd, pre- served provision merchants.

St Theresa R.C., 1951-2 Plain brick, Early Christian round-arched style

United Methodist church. The Methodist Union of 1932 led to its closing and the formation of a new church

Hertford Road

Speculative development in the early 20th century involved 142 house plots and a new school but only four houses in this road were sold

Newbury Park

Newbury Park. Named from ‘Newbury’ 1348, ‘Newberry’ 16th century, ‘Newbury’ 1805, ‘Great Newbury’ 1883, that is 'the new manor or manor house', from Middle English ‘newe’ and ‘bury’. The Newbury Manor belonged to Barking Abbey and at the dissolution went to Sir Richard Gresham. Housing and schools came in the late19th. In 1891 Newbury, then comprising 170 acres, was put up for sale by order of the mortgagees. It appears to have been bought by J. H. Mitchell, and building development had started by 1900.The farmhouse- of the estate, called Great Newbury, was said in 1900 to be modern. It appears to have been demolished in 1932 or 1933.

Oaks Lane

Oaks Park High School, 2003 by Watkins Gray International.  Massive X-plan principal block, the angled wings on the N side framing the playing fields.  Sweeping curved roofs, sheet-metal-clad upper storeys with brick below.

Oaks Lane Methodist Church the first Methodist church to be built in England after the Union of 1932. Shortly before the Union William Potter, Superintendent of the Upton Park Primitive Methodist circuit proposed that the Primitive Methodist churches at Ilford, and Seven Kings, and the Wesleyan church at Newbury Park should be sold and the proceeds used to build a new church on a more central site. The church was opened in 1934. Its first trust was composed of an equal number of Wesleyan, United, and Primitive       Methodists, and the trust deed was the Model Deed adopted by the uniting conference of 1932. Potter himself became first minister of Oaks Lane.

Barn at Aldborough House Farm c 1730. Formerly the chapel attached to Aldborough Hall.

Seven Kings Park

Opened 1902

Downshall farmhouse stood at the south-eastern corner of what is now Seven Kings Park; its name survives in Downshall Avenue and in the Downshall schools.  The house was demolished shortly after 1900. It is said to have been of red brick.



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