Some of the interesting snippets about our part of the world

Woodford Green (Atlee and Churchill connections)
Fringed by Epping Forest, Woodford Green is one of London’s leafy suburbs.  At the  south end of the green stands a statue of Winston Churchill, Woodford’s MP for 40 years.  Going north along the High Road, past the cricket field and the golf course  stands an anti-aerial bombing monument, unveiled  in 1935 by Sylvia Pankhurst who lived in Woodford Green for 32 years.  Not far from the street in which she lived, a house in Monkhams Avenue displays a blue plaque indicating that our post war Prime Minister, Clement Attlee was also a Woodford resident.

Going south along the High Road, behind St Mary’s Parish Church lies the site of Woodford Hall where William Morris lived as a boy  A little further on, in Woodford Slips, a stretch of the forest bordering the High Road, is the oak tree planted in his memory by local people.  Across the road stands James Hilton House where the author once lived. Going back a little way, there is the cinema, saved from demolition a few years ago by a massive public protest  and now a seven screen Odeon. Next door is the 18th century George pub and just around the corner is George Lane shopping centre where on Saturdays the Labour party sets up its stall.

The level crossing at Highams Park Station and Signal Box
The signal box was saved from demolition by a campaign led by local Highams Park Forum with the support of Iain Duncan Smith MP. The level crossing is operated by staff at Liverpol Street using video equipment mounted high above the crossing.
On one occasion a car took the wrong turning and ended about 10 metres down the track. The level crossing lies on the Greenwich Meridian.

Tram from Chingford Mount used in getaway after a robbery
An unusual choice, especially as trams run on rails and terminated at Walthamstow!

Churchill Statue
To be found on the green – about 200 metres from the Cricket Field opposite the Castle on Woodford High Road.

Queen Elizabeth’s Hunting Lodge
Where Henry the VIIIth hunted. Well,  he stood at a large open window as the locals herded the deer as close as possible. More of a ‘eating lodge.’

All Saints’ Church (known locally as The Old Church) situated above the Chingford Mount shopping Centre  dates back to the 12th Century. Directly opposite  is Chingford Mount Cemetery, well known  as the burial place of the Kray family.

View from Sainsbury’s car park

Just to show one of the rural parts of the area. A short walk over the bridge leads to Chingford Road with a view of the Walthamstow Dog Track frontage. (Currently no longer in use).

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