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Westminster Bank 1902 by Frederick Wheeler, with nice Art
Nouveau carving around the windows.
Lodge.Georgian farmhouse of the chalk
land.Near old toll bar
House, by Robert J. Wood & Partners 1961-6, eleven storeys with bands of
Stowford mid c 19,
139, a pretty c 18 house
of three bays, withcircular window over
the door and lower wings
Sutton Station . 1847 opened. Between West Sutton and Carshalton on Thames Link. Between
Carshalton and also Carshalton Beeches and Belmont and also Cheam and also West
Sutton on Southern Trains. In
1868 Line built from Peckham Rye and in 1865 the Line
from Epsom Downs. In the 1860s it was still a two platform wayside station but
because of expected race traffic a new waiting room and booking offices were
built. The current station was built in 1924 when the line from Wimbledon put in
rebuilt and this included new road level buildings and staircases. In 1930 a
line from Wimbledon via South Merton opened on and electric Southern Railway
line from Holborn
Sutton Court Road
Robert J. Wood & Partners,
1961-6, still in the Miesian tradition with its
seventeen storeys of curtain walling. The structure is of reinforced concrete, cantilevered out on two sides, so
that, as one approaches, the
building seems to float above a void-
in fact a sunken car park.
Spandrel panels are in a neutral pale green; the top floor is finished off neatly by a broad black band.
of four storeys, with the
same details, but on stilts. Linked to Vigilant House by an ingenious T-shaped
entrance bridge over the car park.
the same firm, 1975. Faced with unbonded
only four storeys high, by Trehearne, Norman, Preston& Partners, 1979,
white tiles and bronze windows.
linked slab blocks faced in granite, by Brewer, Smithy Brewer, 1979-80.
Fiske Court. . The new scale is used even for old people's flats with some
originality. By Rock Townsen1978. Two four-storey blocks linked by a
greenhouse-type projecting gallery at third-floor level. The lift to the
gallery in a separate tower. Four
staircases painted in bright primary
Whether this high-technology approach appeals the
residents is another matter.
Built 1888 by Newman &
Jacques. Red brick,. No tower. Lancet windows. The end has a separate porch
with doorways in three directions and the baptistery between two low bays is 1910-12
by D. Round. Inside there is a spectacular rood screen with the rood supported
on an openwork crown.
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