Inventory Site Record

The Shrubberies (Redbridge)

Brief Description

The Shrubberies, a terrace of six identical pairs of houses with a detached house at the east end, was built in the late C19th and remain fronted by the original strip of landscaping, laid out as a setting to the terrace. Built as a speculative residential development when the area was becoming built up following arrival of the railway, these simple Edwardian-style houses retain most of their original features. The garden strip is laid out with grass, some flower and shrub beds and a few trees, including a row of limes.

Practical Information
Site location:
The Shrubberies, George Lane, South Woodford
E18 1BL
What 3 Words:
Type of site:
Public Gardens
Open to public?
Opening times:
Special conditions:
Public transport:
Tube: South Woodford (Central). Bus: 179, W12, W13, W14
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Full Site Description

The area had been largely woodland before it was enclosed in the C18th, and even when the Eastern Counties Railway was constructed here, with George Lane Station opening in 1856, development in this area of South Woodford took place only gradually from the 1860s. Where The Shrubberies is located was still largely woodland or fields until the end of the 1890s when suburban development accelerated. Prior to the building of The Shrubberies, there were a few small buildings to the north of George Lane, and opposite a Congressional Chapel.

The detached house at the east end of The Shrubberies was built for Dr A W Dowding of Wanstead as his home and doctor's surgery, the architect being Herbert Riches, and there are plans for the house dated 1897. Plans for the other houses in the terrace date from 1899 and 1901, and these were built speculatively as residential dwellings, although they are now occupied by offices. These Edwardian-style houses retain most of their original features intact, such as cast iron verandas, while much of the surrounding area has lost its original character, with new buildings replacing those of the early suburb.

The strip of landscaping that was laid out as a setting to the terrace is presently planted with flower and shrub beds and a few trees, including a row of limes. Maintenance is undertaken by South Woodford Community Gardeners. A path runs through part of the site, and there is some seating. At one time the landscaped strip was bordered by wooden bollards.

Sources consulted:

LB Redbridge Planning & Regeneration Services 'George Lane Conservation Area Draft Conservation Area Appraisal, 2008

Further Information (Planning and Conservation)
Grid ref:
TQ403903 (540350,190350)
Size in hectares:
Site ownership:
LB Redbridge
Site management:
Vision Redbridge Culture and Leisure Ltd
Listed structures:
On National Heritage List for England (NHLE), Parks & Gardens:

Registered common or village green on Commons Registration Act 1965:

Protected under London Squares Preservation Act 1931:


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:
In Conservation Area:
Conservation Area name:
George Lane
Tree Preservation Order:
Nature Conservation Area:
Green Belt:
Metropolitan Open Land:
Special Policy Area:
Yes - Archaeological Priority Area
Other LA designation:

The Shrubberies

The Shrubberies, October 2021. Photograph Sally Williams

The Shrubberies, October 2021. Photograph Sally Williams
The Shrubberies, October 2021. Photograph Sally Williams
The Shrubberies: one of the beds maintained by South Woodford Community Gardeners, October 2021. Photograph Sally Williams

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