Cambridge Park Road, E11

Road in/near Wanstead .

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A street within the E11 postcode

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Lived here
John Neill   
Added: 25 Nov 2021 11:30 GMT   

Sandringham Road, E10 (1937 - 1966)
I lived at No. 61 with my parents during these years. I went to Canterbury Road school (now Barclay Primary) and sang as a boy soprano (treble) in the church choir at St Andrew’s church, on the corner of Forest Glade.
Opposite us lived the Burgess family. Their son Russell also sang in my choir as a tenor. He later became a well-known musician and the choirmaster at Wandsworth Boys’ School.
Just at the end of WW2 a German rocket (V2) landed in the grounds of Whipps Cross Hospital, damaging many of the houses in Sandringham Road, including ours.


Richard Eades   
Added: 3 May 2021 11:42 GMT   

Downsell Primary School (1955 - 1958)
I was a pupil at Downsell road from I think 1955 age 7 until I left in 1958 age 10 having passed my "11plus" and won a scholarship to Parmiters school in bethnal green. I remember my class teacher was miss Lynn and the deputy head was mrs Kirby.
At the time we had an annual sports day for the whole school in july at drapers field, and trolley buses ran along the high street and there was a turning point for them just above the junction with downsell road.
I used to go swimming at cathall road baths, and also at the bakers arms baths where we had our school swimming galas. I nm y last year, my class was taken on a trip to the tower of london just before the end of term. I would love to hear from any pupils who remember me.



Added: 10 Nov 2023 09:42 GMT   

Brecknock Road Pleating Company
My great grandparents ran the Brecknock Road pleating Company around 1910 to 1920 and my Grandmother worked there as a pleater until she was 16. I should like to know more about this. I know they had a beautiful Victorian house in Islington as I have photos of it & of them in their garden.

Source: Family history

Added: 6 Nov 2023 16:59 GMT   

Why do Thames Water not collect the 15 . Three meter lengths of blue plastic fencing, and old pipes etc. They left here for the last TWO Years, these cause an obstruction,as they halfway lying in the road,as no footpath down this road, and the cars going and exiting the park are getting damaged, also the public are in Grave Danger when trying to avoid your rubbish and the danger of your fences.

Source: Squirrels Lane. Buckhurst Hill, Essex. IG9. I want some action ,now, not Excuses.MK.


Added: 31 Oct 2023 10:34 GMT   

Cornwall Road, W11
Photo shows William Richard Hoare’s chemist shop at 121 Cornwall Road.


Added: 30 Oct 2023 18:48 GMT   

Old pub sign from the Rising Sun
Hi I have no connection to the area except that for the last 30+ years we’ve had an old pub sign hanging on our kitchen wall from the Rising Sun, Stanwell, which I believe was / is on the Oaks Rd. Happy to upload a photo if anyone can tell me how or where to do that!

Phillip Martin   
Added: 16 Oct 2023 06:25 GMT   

16 Ashburnham Road
On 15 October 1874 George Frederick Martin was born in 16 Ashburnham Road Greenwich to George Henry Martin, a painter, and Mary Martin, formerly Southern.

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Christine Bithrey   
Added: 15 Oct 2023 15:20 GMT   

The Hollies (1860 - 1900)
I lived in Holly Park Estate from 1969 I was 8 years old when we moved in until I left to get married, my mother still lives there now 84. I am wondering if there was ever a cemetery within The Hollies? And if so where? Was it near to the Blythwood Road end or much nearer to the old Methodist Church which is still standing although rather old looking. We spent most of our childhood playing along the old dis-used railway that run directly along Blythwood Road and opposite Holly Park Estate - top end which is where we live/ed. We now walk my mothers dog there twice a day. An elderly gentleman once told me when I was a child that there used to be a cemetery but I am not sure if he was trying to scare us children! I only thought about this recently when walking past the old Methodist Church and seeing the flag stone in the side of the wall with the inscription of when it was built late 1880

If anyone has any answers please email me [email protected]

Chris hutchison   
Added: 15 Oct 2023 03:04 GMT   

35 broadhurst gardens.
35 Broadhurst gardens was owned by famous opera singer Mr Herman “Simmy”Simberg. He had transformed it into a film and recording complex.
There was a film and animation studio on the ground floor. The recording facilities were on the next two floors.
I arrived in London from Australia in 1966 and worked in the studio as the tea boy and trainee recording engineer from Christmas 1966 for one year. The facility was leased by an American advertising company called Moreno Films. Mr Simbergs company Vox Humana used the studio for their own projects as well. I worked for both of them. I was so lucky. The manager was another wonderful gentleman called Jack Price who went on to create numerous songs for many famous singers of the day and also assisted the careers of Bob Marley and Jimmy Cliff. “Simmy” let me live in the bedsit,upper right hand window. Jack was also busy with projects with The Troggs,Bill Wyman,Peter Frampton. We did some great sessions with Manfred Mann and Alan Price. The Cream did some demos but that was before my time. We did lots of voice over work. Warren Mitchell and Ronnie Corbett were favourites. I went back in 1978 and “Simmy “ had removed all of the studio and it was now his home. His lounge room was still our studio in my minds eye!!

Sue L   
Added: 13 Oct 2023 17:21 GMT   

Duffield Street, Battersea
I’ve been looking for ages for a photo of Duffield Street without any luck.
My mother and grandfather lived there during the war. It was the first property he was able to buy but sadly after only a few months they were bombed out. My mother told the story that one night they were aware of a train stopping above them in the embankment. It was full of soldiers who threw out cigarettes and sweets at about four in the morning. They were returning from Dunkirk though of course my mother had no idea at the time. I have heard the same story from a different source too.


Our Lady of Lourdes, Wanstead Our Lady Of Lourdes church is the Catholic parish church of Wanstead, and is part of the Diocese of Brentwood.

Addison Road, E11 Addison Road is one of the streets of London in the E11 postal area.
Ashbridge Road, E11 Ashbridge Road dates from the 1890s.
Aylmer Road, E11 Aylmer Road is a road in the E11 postcode area
Barfield Road, E11 A street within the E11 postcode
Beacontree Road, E11 Beacontree Road is a road in the E11 postcode area
Blake Hall Road, E11 Blake Hall Road is a major through route of Wanstead.
Browning Road, E11 Browning Road is one of the streets of London in the E11 postal area.
Bush Road, E11 Bush Road is one of the streets of London in the E11 postal area.
Cambridge Mews, E11 A street within the E11 postcode
Cambridge Park, E11 Cambridge Park was the main road through Wanstead but Eastern Avenue replaced it.
Cambridge Road, E11 Cambridge Road is one of the streets of London in the E11 postal area.
Chadwick Road, E11 Chadwick Road was an 1890s development, part of the Wallwood Estate.
Chaucer Road, E11 Chaucer Road is a road in the E11 postcode area
Chestnut Drive, E11 Chestnut Drive is one of the streets of London in the E11 postal area.
Crosby House, E11 Crosby House can be found on Carlton Road.
Dangan Road, E11 Dangan Road is a road in the E11 postcode area
Edgar House, E11 Residential block
Felstead Road, E11 Felstead Road is a road in the E11 postcode area
Forest View, E11 A street within the E11 postcode
Gordon Road, E11 Gordon Road is a road in the E11 postcode area
Green Man Roundabout, E11 Green Man Roundabout is a road in the E11 postcode area
Greenstone Mews, E11 Greenstone Mews is one of the streets of London in the E11 postal area.
Grove Road, E11 Grove Road is a road in the E11 postcode area
Hanbury Drive, E11 Hanbury Drive is one of the streets of London in the E11 postal area.
Hardwick Court, E11 Hardwick Court is one of the streets of London in the E11 postal area.
Highstone Avenue, E11 Highstone Avenue is a road in the E11 postcode area
Holly Road, E11 Holly Road is a road in the E11 postcode area
Hollybush Road, E11 A street within the E11 postcode
John Drinkwater Close, E11 John Drinkwater Close is a road in the E11 postcode area
Lonsdale Road, E11 Lonsdale Road is one of the streets of London in the E11 postal area.
Mandalay Mews, E11 Mandalay Mews lies within the E11 postcode.
Nadir Court, E11 A street within the E11 postcode
Oak Lodge, E11 A street within the E11 postcode
Oceanair House, E11 Oceanair House is a building on High Road Leytonstone.
Overton Court, E11 Overton Court is a block on Blake Hall Road.
Seagry Road, E11 Seagry Road is a road in the E11 postcode area
Selsdon Road, E11 Selsdon Road is one of the streets of London in the E11 postal area.
Sheridan Mews, E11 Sheridan Mews is a road in the E11 postcode area
Teesdale Road, E11 Teesdale Road was laid out after 1894 as part of the Wallwood estate.
Tennyson Avenue, E11 Tennyson Avenue is one of the streets of London in the E11 postal area.
Weavers Almshouses, E11 Weavers Almshouses is one of the streets of London in the E11 postal area.
Weavers House, E11 Weavers House is a block on Chestnut Drive.
Westminster Court, E11 Westminster Court is a block in Wanstead.
Woodcote Road, E11 Woodcote Road is a road in the E11 postcode area


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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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Blake Hall Road (1916) A postcard described as Leytonstone which is in an area more often called Wanstead nowadays. The view is looking south, possibly from a viewpoint just south of Bush Road.
Old London postcard

Despite the old postcode calling the area ’Leytonstone’, this is on the Leytonstone/Wanstead border. Either name applies.
Old London postcard

View of Cambridge Park, Wanstead, looking east from the corner of Blake Hall Road (1914) Printed by E.G.C "The Wonder Box", The Mall, Wanstead.
Old London postcard

Early Central Line poster

Postcard showing a scene in Bushwood, Leytonstone (1905) Avenue Road was a previous name for the road now called Bushwood
Old London postcard

Undated postcard depicting "Gipsy Simon Smith and Mother, Leytonstone, London" Simon Smith (1875-1943) was a near relative of the more famous ’Gipsy’ Rodney Smith and, like him, was born in a Romany camp in Epping Forest. He became a well-known evangelist.
Old London postcard

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