Woodford Wells

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Post to the south Woodford Green
Post to the west River Ching Highams Park
Post to the north Buckhurst Hill
Post to the east Roding Valley

Hart's Grove

Harts Hospital.  Italianate lodge to announces mansion, now a nursing home with housing in the former grounds which is a rebuilding of  1816.  Harts originally built 1617 for Sir Humphery Handforth and demolished 1816. Curved link to a low service building. The grounds were famous in the 18th for the botanical garden of Richard Warner together with 1775 restored fragments remain from a sham ruined abbey of flint and brick. East Ham Hospital becane ‘Hart House’ in 1920 and specialised in chest complaints.  Nurses home from 1916. High Road

Site of Wells, Near Three Wells public house on west side to north of New Wells pub, near 9 mile stone, 1768 neglected, St Thomas of Canterbury, Friary
Horse and Well  Pub. This was Woodford Well in 1838, and , was Horse and Groom in 1770s then Horse and Wells 1784.  A coaching inn near the Woodford Wells.
Read's Carriage Works.. Became Hills Garage

St Thomas of Canterbury R.C., 1895-6 by Canon A.J.C. Scales. red brick with long pantiled roof. Sanctuary with glass doors to the Blessed Sacrament chapel. Was originally used by the adjacent Franciscan convent. slab to the foundress, Henrietta Pelham-Clinton, Dowager Duchess of Newcastle, 1913 represented as St Mary Magdalene .
Cottages tile hunt in a row

The Castle Hotel a grander inn. Georgian. Stuccoed. Replaced The Castle and Two Brewers. 
352, a suburban interloper, a former Midland Bank, 1920 by T.B. Whinney, still in the Midland's pre-First World War style; 
403, rural hamlet remains. 
Elm Terrace, partly stuccoed and a little grander, is dated l873
High Elms, three storeys with cornice, looks early c19.
Woodford  Green School. Gabled one-storey building with lancet windows, built as a National School, "erected by voluntary subscription 1820'.  Taken over by the School Board, enlarged 1889 and later.
455-7 shops in an Italianate mode
449 Harris's, with butcher's shop interior, disused.
Anti-Abyssinian War memorial. on the road side back of the verge near no.587 
Mens’ Club landmark at the end of the green is a former Methodist Free Church, built in 1869 . After Townsend's church was built it was adapted as a club and presented in 1904 by the local benefactor J.R. Roberts, 'for the benefit of the inhabitants of the neighbourhood'. window replaced by a gable wall and balcony, and the spire capped. Repaired 2004 by Hibbs & Walsh Associates.

Inmans Road
Named after property here owned by Widow Inmans
Church Hall 1907, with attractively homely detail, arch heads of tile and tile-hung walls.
Vicarage, 1907, with attractively homely detail, arch heads of tile and tile-hung walls.
All Saints Church 1874 by F.E.C. Streatfeild. The church with its tower forms a landmark, closing the end of Woodford Green. First World War memorials with bronze memorial plaque near the latter. 1943, by Reginald Hall-Ward. St Cedd and Bradwell chapel.


Knighton Estate
Developed by Southend on Sea Estates Ltd. Above average quality

Links Road
19th cottages

Mill Lane
Nineteenth century houses.
Former temperance coffee house probably converted from a British School.


Monkhams Avenue
Archetypal early C20 high-class suburbia: houses in a variety of sedate vernacular styles set in trim gardens.               
17 Attlee lived

Mornington Road.
Convent of the Holy family of Bordeaux remains Convent buildings of 1898 are now the Science Dept. of Trinity R.C. School. .  House called The Oaks, used as the convent from 1920. Home of Henrietta Pelham-Clinton, Dowager Duchess of Newcastle
Police station on the corner, 1900, main building demolished 1969. Now housing

Savill Row
Wesleyan Chapel

Salway Hill.

Hurst House c. 1714, is striking from a distance, but much restored. Grand six-bay front.  Wrought-iron garden railing and gates. The interior rebuilt after a fire 1935, but retains its staircase. Formerly with outbuildings and later wings, demolished by the 1930s. Sometimes called 'The Naked Beauty' after statue in the grounds, now gone'. Cricket pitch 1735.

The Green
Drinking fountain
United Free Church High Elms, Built in  1904 for Woodford Union church, a flourishing congregation formed in 1875 from members of Congregational, Baptist and Methodist churches. Joseph Hocking, who became minister in 1901, insisted on a new church, which was designed in 1904, by the Arts and Crafts architect Harrison Townsend. A large and unusual building in a free Byzantine style, boldly detailed, but alas much simplified from Townsend's original designs. Brick with stone banding, gable with a deep, round-headed arch with stone bands, enclosing a big lunette over two stone door-ways. Smaller entrance in the base of Townsend's unbuilt tower. This was a highly unusual design drawing on symbolic geometric forms: a domed top over an upper part with curved core recessed behind square corner piers. A meeting hall beyond the main church was also planned, but economy prevailed. The church was repaired and remodelled by Craig Hall & Rutley, 1991. Inside, the bay was divided off, with an inserted floor. The impressive main space lies beneath a domical vault supported by broad, unmoulded brick arches with stone bands, springing from marble-faced piers. Shallow transepts and sanctuary with transverse arches. Big lunette windows in the transepts, smaller ones at clerestory level in the sanctuary. Memorial chapel off the transept by Michael Farcy, 1963, with abstract window and glass mural by Laurence Lee. Of the same time five small ceiling paintings on the main vault, by Jean Manson dark, inadequate in this grand setting. Small alabaster and green marble War Memorial, a delicate tablet.

Monkhams
The Firs
Statue 9ft bronze of Churchill M.P. for the area from 1924 to 1964 by David McFall, 1959.

The Square
18thhouses. Where the small-scale character has been preserved by some sympathetic late C20 infilling.

Woodford Wells
Built up in 1890s. Remains of Woodford Row village. Once a little c18 spa, now has miscellaneous later c19 and early c20 housing
5 Lanhurst two storey red brick with weatherboard back
Ludwig Finkin sugar refinery

Prospect Hall

Sources
Redbridge Conservation areas report 1984
Pevsner East London
Victoria County History


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