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Underground station, existing between 1947 and now

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Gants Hill

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Underground station · Gants Hill · IG2 ·
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2020

Gants Hill is an area of Ilford within the London Borough of Redbridge, 15 km northeast of Charing Cross.

The name ’Gants Hill’ may derive from the le Gant family, stewards of Barking Abbey, who were originally from the Ghent area (’Gand’ in French). The name ’Gantesgrave’ appears in records from 1291.

The area was remote farmland until after the First World War.

The government had begun to provide funds to subsidise public housing. The Corporation of London proposed an estate of 2000 cottages between Cranbrook Road and Horns Road but abandoned the project before it was even half way complete.

After the Eastern Avevue was carved through the site in the mid 1920s, a developer - Charles Lord - bought the abandoned Corporation of London site and largely completed the scheme. Especially profitable for him was the conversion of properties that faced the Eastern Avenue into shops.

The focus for the new area was the Gants Hill roundabout. Largely retail, the The art deco Savoy cinema was built in 1934 (but demolished in 2003) between the Eastern Avenue and Perth Road. The latter was the main road of the Commonwealth Estate in which the roads are named after cities of the then British Empire - Aden, Auckland, Colombo, Melbourne, Quebec, Toronto and Perth.

The rest of Gants Hill was urbanised in the 1930s. Valentines Park was created between Gants Hill and nearby Ilford.


Gants Hill station site (1938) (click to enlarge)

Gants Hill station opened on the Central line in 1947. It was designed by Charles Holden in a very distinctive style. The London Passenger Transport Board had provided advice on the Moscow Metro contruction. Gants Hill was constructed in a similar design.

The station took its name from the Gants Hill roundabout, the ticket hall being directly underneath the roundabout. During planning, the names ’Ilford North’ and ’Cranbrook’ were considered for the station.

The Central line was proposed to be extended as part of the 1935–40 ’New Works’ programme. A new underground section between Leytonstone and Newbury Park was constructed before the Second World War but building came to a halt in June 1940. During the war, the station itself was used as an air raid shelter. The unused tunnels between the station and Redbridge were used as a munitions factory for Plessey. Construction resumed after the war ended and Gants Hill station opened on 14 December 1947.


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THE STREETS OF GANTS HILL
Avery Gardens, IG2 Avery Gardens is a road in the IG2 postcode area
Beechwood Gardens, IG2 Beechwood Gardens is a road in the IG2 postcode area
Beechwood Gardens, IG5 Beechwood Gardens is a road in the IG5 postcode area
Beehive Lane, IG1 Beehive Lane is a road in the IG1 postcode area
Beehive Lane, IG2 Beehive Lane is a road in the IG2 postcode area
Beehive Lane, IG4 Beehive Lane is a road in the IG4 postcode area
Bishop’s Walk, IG1 Bishop’s Walk is a road in the IG1 postcode area
Bishop’s Walk, IG2 Bishop’s Walk is a road in the IG2 postcode area
Blenheim Avenue, IG2 Blenheim Avenue is a road in the IG2 postcode area
Bramley Crescent, IG2 Bramley Crescent is a road in the IG2 postcode area
Bronte Close, IG2 Bronte Close is a road in the IG2 postcode area
Carmel House 332-336, IG2 A street within the IG2 postcode
Clarence Avenue, IG1 Clarence Avenue is a road in the IG1 postcode area
Clarence Avenue, IG2 Clarence Avenue is a road in the IG2 postcode area
Collinwood Gardens, IG5 Collinwood Gardens is a road in the IG5 postcode area
Cranbrook Road, IG2 Cranbrook Road is a road in the IG2 postcode area
Crombie Close, IG4 Crombie Close is a road in the IG4 postcode area
Dellwood Gardens, IG5 Dellwood Gardens is a road in the IG5 postcode area
Ethelbert Gardens, IG2 Ethelbert Gardens is a road in the IG2 postcode area
Frinton Mews, IG2 Frinton Mews is a road in the IG2 postcode area
Gabrielle House 332-336, IG2 A street within the IG2 postcode
Gabrielle House, IG2 A street within the IG2 postcode
Gantshill Crescent, IG2 Gantshill Crescent is a road in the IG2 postcode area
Gate House, IG2 A street within the IG2 postcode
Gaysham Avenue, IG2 Gaysham Avenue is a road in the IG2 postcode area
Glenham Drive, IG2 Glenham Drive is a road in the IG2 postcode area
Glenwood Gardens, IG2 Glenwood Gardens is a road in the IG2 postcode area
Gosford Gardens, IG4 Gosford Gardens is a road in the IG4 postcode area
Grasmere Gardens, IG4 Grasmere Gardens is a road in the IG4 postcode area
Headley Approach, IG2 Headley Approach is a road in the IG2 postcode area
Hedgewood Gardens, IG5 Hedgewood Gardens is a road in the IG5 postcode area
Highwood Gardens, IG5 Highwood Gardens is a road in the IG5 postcode area
House 1-7, IG2 A street within the IG2 postcode
House 332-336, IG2 A street within the IG2 postcode
House, IG2 A street within the IG2 postcode
Icknield Drive, IG2 Icknield Drive is a road in the IG2 postcode area
Imperial Chambers 10-17, IG2 A street within the IG2 postcode
Invito House 1-7, IG2 A street within the IG2 postcode
Invito House, IG2 A street within the IG2 postcode
Jefferson Close, IG6 Jefferson Close is a road in the IG6 postcode area
Kenwood Gardens, IG2 Kenwood Gardens is a road in the IG2 postcode area
Kenwood Gardens, IG5 Kenwood Gardens is a road in the IG5 postcode area
Kenwood Gardens, IG6 Kenwood Gardens is a road in the IG6 postcode area
Limewood Court, IG4 A street within the IG4 postcode
Lindale Close, IG4 Lindale Close is a road in the IG4 postcode area
Longwood Gardens, IG2 Longwood Gardens is a road in the IG2 postcode area
Longwood Gardens, IG5 Longwood Gardens is a road in the IG5 postcode area
Lonsdale Crescent, IG2 Lonsdale Crescent is a road in the IG2 postcode area
Lynton Crescent, IG2 Lynton Crescent is a road in the IG2 postcode area
Martley Drive, IG2 Martley Drive is a road in the IG2 postcode area
Northwood Gardens, IG5 Northwood Gardens is a road in the IG5 postcode area
Painters Road, IG6 Painters Road is a road in the IG6 postcode area
Panfield Mews, IG2 Panfield Mews is a road in the IG2 postcode area
Parham Drive, IG2 Parham Drive is a road in the IG2 postcode area
Pershore Close, IG2 Pershore Close is a road in the IG2 postcode area
Pershore Close, IG6 Pershore Close is a road in the IG6 postcode area
Perth Road, IG1 Perth Road is a road in the IG1 postcode area
Perth Road, IG2 Perth Road is a road in the IG2 postcode area
Queenborough Gardens, IG2 Queenborough Gardens is a road in the IG2 postcode area
Queenborough Gardens, IG5 Queenborough Gardens is a road in the IG5 postcode area
Radnor Crescent, IG4 Radnor Crescent is a road in the IG4 postcode area
Roll Gardens, IG2 Roll Gardens is a road in the IG2 postcode area
Rosedene Gardens, IG2 Rosedene Gardens is a road in the IG2 postcode area
Rosedene Gardens, IG5 Rosedene Gardens is a road in the IG5 postcode area
Seven Ways Parade, IG2 A street within the IG2 postcode
Shere Road, IG2 Shere Road is a road in the IG2 postcode area
Somersby Gardens, IG4 Somersby Gardens is a road in the IG4 postcode area
Southview Crescent, IG2 Southview Crescent is a road in the IG2 postcode area
Sunnymede Drive, IG2 Sunnymede Drive is a road in the IG2 postcode area
Sussex Close, IG4 Sussex Close is a road in the IG4 postcode area
The Crescent, IG2 The Crescent is a road in the IG2 postcode area
Thorpedale Gardens, IG5 Thorpedale Gardens is a road in the IG5 postcode area
Waremead Road, IG2 Waremead Road is a road in the IG2 postcode area
Wayside Mews, IG2 Wayside Mews is a road in the IG2 postcode area
Woodford Avenue, IG2 Woodford Avenue is a road in the IG2 postcode area
Wychwood Gardens, IG5 Wychwood Gardens is a road in the IG5 postcode area
Wycombe Road, IG2 Wycombe Road is a road in the IG2 postcode area
Wycombe Road, IG4 Wycombe Road is a road in the IG4 postcode area


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