The house and gardens at Wanstead became one of the great showplaces of their day, particularly because they were so close to London. In 1724 Daniel Defoe remarked that 'it has become the general diversion of the citizens to go out and see them'. Even today, many thousands of local people enjoy walks around the lakes in the open air.
This modern church building on the corner of Romford Road and Herbert Road was opened in 2009. It replaces an earlier one, built in 1964, that was badly damaged by fire (believed to be arson) in 2003.
The first congregation met in a disused beer-shop in Greenhill Grove around 1870 first and then in a skittle alley. The first building was in 1880 and a larger church was rebuilt in 1891. The 1964 rebuild was funded by the sale of the Sixth Avenue church.
(Text: Abridged from Colin Marchant's Faith Flows in Newham Project, with additional information from Newham Heritage Service; photograph: Matthew Crisp. More information about the history of the Methodist Church in Newham can be found in Colin's article Methodism in Newham on the website )
Built in about 1901 on the corner of Romford Road and Sixth Avenue as a Methodist Church, the Celestial Church of Christ, 7th Year Parish took over the former Little Eye Youth Club in 1992.
Street names in Manor Park record a wealth of English history.
Community Centre was formerly REHOBOTH Strict Baptist Chapel, High Street North, E6.
The Congregation traces its origins to 1830 with a move from Stepney, with a chapel opening in 1838. Ministers: J Milner 1831 -56, T Field 1856, S Cozens1861, John Brunt 1864, T Steed 1865-85, Jabez Parnell 1892-1915.The congregation moved to temporary rooms in 592 Romford Road in 1906 during Parnell's pastorate. In 1907 a church was built in High Street North, Manor Park with a new school room added in1928. In 1966 the membership was 20. The church closed in the mid-1970s and the building converted into Manor Park Community Centre. Conversion work was carried out by the firm of Pegasus shop fitters of High Street North. (Note: the name Rehoboth means 'Broad Places' in Hebrew and is taken from the Old Testament)
(Text: Colin Marchant Faith Flows in Newham project 2010, with information from Whitley 144 and additional information by Newham Heritage & Archives. Image by Matthew Crisp)
My father Sydney Charles Turfrey pictured receiving a dart trophy at the Papermakers arms Ilford. I believe the photo was taken about 1959/60.
After the war ended in which he served in the merchant navy throughout, my father took up darts with a passion and played for various local pubs. The Coach and Horses, the Rose and Crown and the Three Rabbits to name just three. All gone or closed now sadly.
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