Tovey Gardens, E7

Road in/near Wanstead, existed between 1945 and 1957

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Tovey Gardens was part of a prefab estate.


None so far :(

Added: 17 May 2022 20:29 GMT   

Baeethoven St School, also an Annex for Paddington College of FE.
In the early 70’s I took a two year science course at Paddington CFE. The science classes were held on weekday evenings at Beethoven Street school, overseen by chemistry teacher, Mr Tattershall.


Added: 25 Apr 2022 22:11 GMT   

Southover, N12
Everyone knows Central Woodside is the place to be. Ever since kdog moved from finchtown, Woodside has been thriving.

Born here
Bernard Miller   
Added: 12 Apr 2022 17:36 GMT   

My mother and her sister were born at 9 Windsor Terrace
My mother, Millie Haring (later Miller) and her sister Yetta Haring (later Freedman) were born here in 1922 and 1923. With their parents and older brother and sister, they lived in two rooms until they moved to Stoke Newington in 1929. She always said there were six rooms, six families, a shared sink on the first floor landing and a toilet in the backyard.


Brian Lynch   
Added: 10 Apr 2022 13:38 GMT   

Staples Mattress Factory
An architect’s design of the Staples Mattress Factory
An image found on the website of Dalzell’s Beds, in Armagh Northern Ireland.

Lived here
Added: 19 Feb 2022 16:21 GMT   

Harmondsworth (1939 - 1965)
I lived in a house (Lostwithiel) on the Bath Road opposite the junction with Tythe Barn Lane, now a hotel site. Initially, aircraft used one of the diagonal runways directly in line with our house. I attended Sipson Primary School opposite the Three Magpies and celebrated my 21st birthday at The Peggy Bedford in 1959.


Emma Seif   
Added: 25 Jan 2022 19:06 GMT   

Birth of the Bluestocking Society
In about 1750, Elizabeth Montagu began hosting literary breakfasts in her home at 23 (now 31) Hill Street. These are considered the first meetings of the Bluestocking society.

Added: 14 Jan 2022 03:06 GMT   

Goldbourne Gardens W 10
I lived in Goldbourne Gardens in the 50,s very happy big bomb site


Chris Nash   
Added: 10 Jan 2022 22:54 GMT   

Shortlands Close, DA17
Shortlands Close and the flats along it were constructed in the mid-1990s. Prior to this, the area was occupied by semi-detached houses with large gardens, which dated from the post-war period and were built on the site of Railway Farm. The farm and its buildings spanned the length of Abbey Road, on the south side of the North Kent Line railway tracks.


Alanbrooke Gardens, E7 Alanbrooke Gardens was the main connecting road of an estate of prefabs.
Aldersbrook Road, E12 Aldersbrook Road is one of the streets of London in the E12 postal area.
Capel Road, E12 Capel Road leads west from Forest Drive.
Carlyle Avenue, E12 Carlyle Avenue is a road in the E12 postcode area
Carlyle Road, E12 Carlyle Road is one of the streets of London in the E12 postal area.
Central Avenue, E12 Central Avenue is a road in the E12 postcode area
Chapel Avenue, E12 Chapel Avenue is a road in the E12 postcode area
Church Avenue, E12 Church Avenue is a named pathway in the City of London Cemetery, Wanstead.
Comet Close, E12 Comet Close is a road in the E12 postcode area
Cunningham Gardens, E7 Cunningham Gardens was part of an estate of prefabs.
Forest Drive, E12 Forest Drive is a road in the E12 postcode area
Forest View Estate, E12 Newman Avenue was a road of prefabs which existed after the Second World War.
Forest View Road, E12 Forest View Road is a road in the E12 postcode area
Fraser Gardens, E12 Fraser Gardens was named after a Second World War general.
Gibson Drive, E12 Gibson Drive was part of the Forest View estate of prefabricated housing.
Gladding Road, E12 Gladding Road is one of the streets of London in the E12 postal area.
Gort Gardens, E7 Gort Gardens was located on Wanstead Flats.
Keller Crescent, E12 Keller Crescent is one of the streets of London in the E12 postal area.
Newell Gardens, E7 Newell Gardens was part of an estate of prefabs.
Nicolson Avenue, E12 Nicolson Avenue was a road of prefabs.
Portal Gardens, E7 Portal Gardens was part of the Wanstead Flats Estate of prefabs.
Ridley Road, E7 Ridley Road is one of the streets of London in the E7 postal area.
Salmond Gardens, E7 Salmond Gardens was formerly a road on Wanstead Flats, now reverted to grassland.
Southgate Road, E12 Southgate Road is a road in the E12 postcode area
St Andrews Road, E12 St Andrews Road is a road in the E12 postcode area
Sundial Road, E12 Sundial Road is a road in the E12 postcode area
The Chase, E12 The Chase is a road in the E12 postcode area
Wavell Gardens, E7 Wavell Gardens was an area of prefabs on Wanstead Flats.
Whitta Road, E12 Whitta Road is one of the streets of London in the E12 postal area.

Golden Fleece This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.


Wanstead is a suburban area in north-east London, forming part of the London Borough of Redbridge.

The place name is probably of Saxon origin and is first recorded in a charter of 1065 as Wenstede. The first element appears to mean ’wain’ or ’wagon’ but the meaning of the full compound is not clear. An alternative explanation by the English Place-Names Society is that the place name derives from the Anglo-Saxon words meaning Wen, signifying a hill or mound, and Stead, a place or settlement. The main road going through Wanstead is the A12. Wanstead High Street includes pubs and independent retailers.

The area was the site of a Roman villa, whilst Wanstead Manor was a Saxon and Norman manor and later formed part of the Municipal Borough of Wanstead and Woodford in Essex until 1965, when Greater London was created. The town has a largely suburban feel, containing open grasslands such as Wanstead Flats, and the woodland of Wanstead Park (part of Epping Forest). The park, with artificial lakes, was originally part of the estate of a large stately home Wanstead House, one of the finest Palladian mansions in Britain, from its size and splendour nicknamed the English Versailles, and the architectural inspiration for Mansion House, London.

In 1707 the astronomer James Pound became rector of Wanstead. In 1717 the Royal Society lent Pound Huygens’s 123-foot focal length object-glass, which he set up in Wanstead Park. Pound’s observations with it of the five known satellites of Saturn enabled Halley to correct their movements; and Newton employed, in the third edition of the Principia, his micrometrical measures of Jupiter’s disc, of Saturn’s disc and ring, and of the elongations of their satellites; and obtained from him data for correcting the places of the comet of 1680. Laplace also used Pound’s observations of Jupiter’s satellites for the determination of the planet’s mass; and Pound himself compiled in 1719 a set of tables for the first satellite, into which he introduced an equation for the transmission of light.

The church of St Mary the Virgin, Wanstead was completed in 1790. It is now a Grade I listed building, and contains a large monument to Josiah Child. It was followed in the 1860s by both the Anglican church of Christ Church and Wanstead Congregational Church.

Wanstead Underground station is on the Hainault loop of the Central line.

Construction of the station had started in the 1930s, but was delayed by the onset of World War II. The incomplete tunnels between Wanstead and Gants Hill to the east were used for munitions production by Plessey between 1942 and 1945. The station was finally opened on 14 December 1947. The building, like many other stations on the branch, was designed by architect Charles Holden. It kept its original wooden escalator until 2003, one of the last Tube stations to do so.

The station has been extensively refurbished since 2006, including the replacement of the original platform wall tiling, which had become badly damaged.

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Wanstead station
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London General Bus B 1322 (LF 8102) on Route 15 to Wanstead Flats. The LGOC B-type is a model of double-decker bus that was introduced in London in 1910. It was both built and operated by the London General Omnibus Company (LGOC). The bus was retired from service in the early 1920s.
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1950s street map, showing the location of the Wanstead Flats Prefabs (1945-57)
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