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.
The Poor Law was the earliest form of social security for poor relief in England and Wales, dating from late medieval and Tudor times.
EARLIEST SURVIVING LOCAL GOVERNMENT RECORD FOR WEST HAM PARISH - 1647.
A gate into the Forest stood in at the corner of Forest Street and Woodgrange Road, near the Eagle & Child public house.
The Toll-house at Abbey Mill controlled a toll gate to a private road. The wooden tablet on the gate-keepers cottage displays the scale of charges levied on road users.
Giles Breame's Almshouses stood on the east side of what is now High Street South - then called East Ham Manor Road - near Vicarge Lane. By the time this painting was made they were nearly 100 years old.