London Local History - this lists street by street items of historical interest - public, industrial buildings & some environmental features in London and its immediate surroundings. Streets are given in OS grid squares - but numbering is not included (sorry!). Older squares give links to adjacent squares - but many are unfinished. Enter search words above right
two white reinforced-concrete buildings from the de Havillandfactory.
Former Hatfield Aerodrome for de Havilland. British Aerospace Hatfield closed in 1993. Hatfield
Aerodrome now being re- developed.Originally the deHavilland
flying club and in 1928 the construction of the Barnet by pass brought it close
to the main road system.Moved here from
Edgeware. It was here the Comet was developed and the DH110.Closed in 1992.
'Comet' Flight Test Hangar.Innovative
structure built 1952-54 to test and maintain the world's first jet airliner.
Made from a new strainhardened aluminium alloy, HE, which is less prone to oxidation. It has
portal-framed trusses with pin joints on welded steel bases and marked an
increased sophistication over earlier aluminium structures. At 100 metres long,
14 metres high and witha clear span of
61 metres, it was world's largest permanent aluminium structure. Integral
office block, fire station and airport control tower. The fivestorey Tower
added in 1954. By SMD Engineers Ltd and James M. Monro & Son. The building,
listed grade II*, is converted into a keep-fit centre.
De Havilland Offices. Former de Havilland administration and design block, by
Geoffrey Monro, 1934, now the Art and Design Department of the University of
Hertfordshire. Listed grade II.
Comet Hotel opened 1936 for use by the London Flying Club
and de Havillands. Outside, on a pole is a red painted model of famous,
pre-war, recordbreaking, twin-engined Comet aeroplane, serving as an inn sign. Architect E. B.
Musman (1888-1972)for Benskin Brewery
Company of Watford.
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
Phillibrook Stream The Phillibrook, or Fillebrook, comes through this area and flows south west Post to the west Leyton Post to the south Leytonstone Post to the east Wanstead - Golf course and basin A12 Section through Leytonstone opened in 1999 as the Hackney-M11 link road Aylmer Road. London City Mission . Building dates from 1885. It was later a clothing factory Browning Road This was Back Lane which went from the High Road to the Forest. Also known as Green Man Lane and in 1893 as Park Road. It became Browning Road in 1900 Cottages built by Lord Wellesley, probably in the 1840’s, to house the workforce which serviced local big houses. 24 North Star . Built as a 'beer house by Lord Wellesley. It was originally two cottages knocked together and first referred to in 1858. There was an off-sales serving hatch. It is either named after a famous steamship or famous train or a ship which an early landlord sailed on. Henry Reynolds Gardens . This is a small park n