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Inventory Site Record

George Green (Redbridge)

Brief Description

George Green is a remnant of village green within Epping Forest and was once part of the grounds of Wanstead House (Wanstead Park). In the late C19th a small triangular drinking fountain was erected by the parishioners of Wanstead to commemorate Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee (1897), which has been moved a number of times as a result of road widening schemes. Today George Green is an open green space maintained by the Corporation of London’s Conservators of Epping Forest, crossed by a single diagonal path and with a few trees, including three notable Spanish chestnuts (C17th-18th), ash and horse chestnuts.

Practical Information
Site location:
The Green, Wanstead
Postcode:
E11 2NT
What 3 Words:
stored.storm.herb
Type of site:
Public Open Land
Borough:
Redbridge
Open to public?
Yes
Opening times:
unrestricted
Special conditions:
Facilities:
Events:
Public transport:
Tube: Wanstead (Central). Bus: 66, 101, 145, 308, W13, W14
Research updated:
01/08/2010
Last minor changes:
19/07/2023

Please check with the site owner or manager for latest news. www.cityoflondon.gov.uk; www.redbridge.gov.uk

Full Site Description

The present area of George Green is a remnant of a village green within Epping Forest and was formerly part of the grounds of Wanstead House in Wanstead Park (q.v.). The site was enhanced in the late C19th with the addition of a drinking fountain erected by the parishioners of Wanstead to commemorate Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee, the 60th anniversary of her reign in (1897). The drinking fountain, an open 3-sided building with a medallion of the Queen on one gable, roofed with a circular spirelet and with a drinking fountain on one side and a horse trough on the road side, has been moved a number of times as a result of road widening schemes. Today George Green is an open green space maintained by the Corporation of London’s Conservators of Epping Forest, crossed by a single diagonal path and having a few trees, including three notable sweet/Spanish chestnuts (C17th-18th), ash and horse chestnuts. The fallen trunk of an old oak reputedly from Wanstead Park remains on the Green. The 1897 drinking fountain is at the Eastern Avenue corner of the site, adjacent to Wanstead Station, and is now surrounded by granite setts in a circular design with two semi-circular low brick seats, themselves surrounded by a further circle of brick paving. This is part of the new landscaping scheme completed in 1999 when some of the Green was encroached as a result of the A12 road widening and new M11 Link Road, the cause of much protest which made the national news for many months. At the far corner of George Green, St Mary’s Avenue links the Green and St Mary's Wanstead (q.v.), and is flanked by a double line of horse chestnuts, which were planted in 1897.

Sources consulted:

W V Phillips, 'Wanstead through the Ages' (1946, 1966 ed)

Further Information (Planning and Conservation)
Grid ref:
TQ406882 (540599,188129)
Size in hectares:
Site ownership:
Conservators of Epping Forest/City of London Corporation
Site management:
Vision Redbridge Culture and Leisure Ltd
Date(s):
late C19th, C20th
Designer(s):
Listed structures:
LBII: Drinking fountain; K6 telephone outside Wanstead station
On National Heritage List for England (NHLE), Parks & Gardens:

No
Registered common or village green on Commons Registration Act 1965:

No
Protected under London Squares Preservation Act 1931:

No

Local Authority Data

The information below is taken from the relevant Local Authority's planning legislation, which was correct at the time of research but may have been amended in the interim. Please check with the Local Authority for latest planning information.

On Local List:
No
In Conservation Area:
Yes
Conservation Area name:
Wanstead Village
Tree Preservation Order:
No
Nature Conservation Area:
No
Green Belt:
No
Metropolitan Open Land:
No
Special Policy Area:
No
Other LA designation:
Heritage Land; Local Open Space
Photos

George Green

George Green - Photo: Colin Wing
Date taken: 07/05/23 12:22

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