Woodford. North Circular

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Post to the east Charlie Browns
Post to the south South Woodford



Church End,
medieval church detached from Woodford, therefore name of hamlet, British Land Co bought Woodford Hall Estate 1869 to lay out houses 

Mrs. Gladstone convalescent home

Daisy Road
Congregational mission

George Lane
72 Apex Christian Books
Viaduct. The railway line cuts rudely across the old route of George Lane. The level crossing was replaced in the 1940s by a curved concrete viaduct with the Central Line
Plaza Cinema, 1932
Abbott
Woodford Baptist Church, 1895-6. Red brick, rather crude decorated tracery. Pleasant interior, a single space flowing into shallow transepts, unified by a bold, ceiled roof rising in a series of coves, w gallery with openwork panels on slim iron columns. Reordered with seating angled towards a music platform in the transept.
Rooms 1933.
Glebelands Avenue
Glebelands Home is a remnant of Glebelands House, demolished in the 1930s.

High Road
A few modest stucco terraces of c. 1860, more stylish turn-of-the-century shopping parades
Natwest Bank.  The best building dated 1905. Red brick over a stone ground floor, with nicely carved detail over its corner entrance.
The Shrubberies set back a cheerful series of late c19 villas with pretty white-painted verandas.
Electric Parade, 1925 by H.H. Dannell, a predictable faintly Georgian terrace with shops, curving round
Elmhurst. Set back in its own grounds on the side. A tall mid-c18 three-storey front Yellow brick, with a stone frontispiece: first-floor windows distinguished by false balconies. Three-bay extension. Basement at the back.  A large room on each side of central hall, Converted by  Edward Playne as a hostel for Queen Mary College from 1926. 
Old Lynden Hall college accommodation: conservative brick 1938 by Playne,
Three tower blocks 1962-9 concrete with one-storey glazed link buildings by Playne & Lacey,
Pooley Hall by Feilden & Mawson, 1975.
West Lodge possible library eighteenth century
140 Holmleigh. Eighteenth century.  A neat three-bay, three-storey house, with parapet; doorway with fanlight
The Courthouse:The Old Rectory, also later c18, seven bays and three storeys, carefully proportioned, Arched entrance with fanlight; a later, originally two-storeyed, bow window.  Converted to offices after council occupation, with further flats in the grounds
Grove Lodge. Tudor style 1835 hidden behind Electric Parade and incongruously attached to a huge Waitrose supermarket. An attractive pattern-book-Gothic villa dated 1835. Tall, of yellow brick, with two daintily barge boarded gables of uneven size, stone mullioned windows, and clustered chimneys. It deserves a better setting.
St.Mary. There was a church here from the 12th,but probably Saxon and small timber building until c1600.. The appearance from the street is confusing. The present entrance is through the front of 1888, after rebuilding following a fire in 1969. The oldest part is away from the road, sturdy brick tower, 1708; rebuilt 1899. Round-arched openings, the doorway of fine red brick circular windows at the third stage, originally for the clock. The outer walls of the church survive from a minimal rebuilding by Charles Bacon in 1817. Perpendicular chancel, 1888-9 by W.O. Milne, now forms the entrance hall, with a room inserted above. remodelling of 1971-2 by John Phillips created a spare late 20th space with new furnishings, white plastered walls, and boarded ceiling. Windows with clear glass, each enlivened by a small panel of rescued coloured fragments. dark brick-faced chapel.  Monuments: fine  collection, restored after the fire and tidily displayed between the windows. 

Churchyard, sensitively redesigned by John Phillips with Julian Linen, many good table tombs, as well as c18 gravestones carved with the usual devices of skulls, angels etc. Near the tower a tall Corinthian marble column of jasper, with entablature formerly carrying an urn, to Peter Godfrey 1769, erected by Sir Robert Taylor in memory of his early patron. Thomas North 1747 obelisk and urn on a bulging sarcophagus, probably also by Sir Robert Taylor. Edward Keepe 1781, by Samuel Robinson, made of Coade stone; a refined podium, formerly with angels at the corners, carrying a Neoclassical urn. Raikes Mausoleum. First interment Martha Raikes 1797. A hefty structure roofed with a shallow dome with very Soanian segmental arches, a strigillated sarcophagus on top. According to Soane's notebook, he inspected the monument in 1800, which was by Gibson, and oversaw the cutting of the inscription in 1801; did it influence Soane's later tomb for his wife? William Morris of Woodford  Hall 1847, father of the famous William Morris. Large Grecian-style table tomb with draped urn on top.

Memorial Hall 1902 by J. Kingwell Cole and Kenneth Wood. The gift of Sir John Roberts, a local benefactor  Rough-cast and half-timbering in an Arts and Crafts manner. Pretty inscribed corner stone with cherub's head. Timber arcades and open roof inside, extension, brick and roughcast, 1904.
Library and Health Centre, By C.A. Stok and J. Hockley of Redbridge Architect's Department, 1972-5- A c20  intrusion in an c18 setting, but on a friendly scale. Bright-red brick. Crisp, ingeniously interlocking multi-level buildings, including some council offices and flats. The main library space flows down into a lower mezzanine with children's library, and up to a reference area above.
Grove Hall
Odeon cinema was built as the Majestic, 1934 by S.B. Pritlove, a formal, symmetrical, streamlined front of faience, with banded cornice above five tall windows. Designed with neon lighting on the pilasters in between. The interior, now with six screens, included a cafe and ballroom.
The George. Was The Horns in 1657. 2 storey red brick from eighteenth century  appears early c18 in origin, with an appealing spread-out two-storey front, and big hipped roof on coved eaves. Eight bays, brick, with broad sash windows, two  bays a later -addition. The columned porch looks early c19. The interior is now a single room.
White Hart Posting House from 1848.  19th brick front. Altered.

Manor House. Behind the church were the grounds of the principal manor house, Woodford Hall, designed by Thomas Leverton, 1771, and home of the elder William Morris before the family moved to Water House, Walthamstow. The grounds were developed from 1869 by the British Land Co. and the house demolished c. 1900.

 Sources

Redbridge Conservation Area Report 1984

Pevsner East London

Victoria County History  


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