South Woodford and Wood Street

By Chris Guy posted on March 8, 2015 in Urban
View of the London skyline from Woodford

View of the London skyline from Woodford

I began this section of the walk by taking the Central Line to Snaresbrook, and my initial thought was to have a look at Snaresbrook Crown Court – which is really the first (and only?) thing that comes to mind at the mention of Snaresbrook.

Unfortunately, and perhaps obviously, you can’t really get that close to it, so instead I had a wander around that corner of Epping Forest and up to Eagle Pond, before heading up Woodford Road and the art deco delights of South Woodford.

Hermitage Court, South Woodford

Hermitage Court, South Woodford

Art deco detail of Hermitage Court

Art deco detail of Hermitage Court

Gothic Towers on The Drive, South Woodford

Gothic Towers on The Drive, South Woodford

Stratstone Jaguar in South Woodford

Stratstone Jaguar in South Woodford

South Woodford Odeon

South Woodford Odeon

At the top of Woodford Road is the North Circular Road, which at this point is a ten-lane dual carriageway running in a cutting beneath the High Road on the bridge above.

Side view Of Prezzo at South Woodford next to the North Circular Road

Side view Of Prezzo at South Woodford next to the North Circular Road

The bridge itself is the site of a public art scheme financed by Telford Homes as a planning condition for the nearby Queen Mary’s Gate development. The art piece consists of a sculpture by Lucien Simon and commemorative benches by Tim Ward that pay homage to Winton Churchill and local designer and poet William Morris.

Art works on the bridge at South Woodford above the A406 North Circular Road
Art works on the bridge at South Woodford above the A406 North Circular Road

Art works on the bridge at South Woodford above the A406 North Circular Road

Art works on the bridge at South Woodford above the A406 North Circular Road
Art works on the bridge at South Woodford above the A406 North Circular Road

South Woodford above the A406 North Circular Road

Detail of commemorative Bench by Tim Ward, South Woodford

Detail of commemorative Bench by Tim Ward, South Woodford

The North Circular Road from the bridge at South Woodford
South Woodford Sculpture by Lucien Simon

The North Circular and South Woodford Sculpture by Lucien Simon above

From here I continued west along the small roads that run parallel to the North Circular heading towards Waterworks Corner. The mix of architectural styles and uses is pretty varied in these few streets and ranges from neat suburbia to boarded-up industrial/residential hybrids and modernist churches.

London suburbia – Grove Cresent, South Woodford

London suburbia – Grove Cresent, South Woodford

St Anne Line, Woodford Spiritualist Church
St Anne Line, Woodford Spiritualist Church

St Anne Line, Woodford Spiritualist Church

Grove Road, Woodford

Grove Road, Woodford

Canarvon Road, Woodford

Canarvon Road, Woodford

Subway at Waterworks Corner on the North Circular Road

Subway at Waterworks Corner on the North Circular Road

From Waterworks Corner I walked down Forest Road and through the backstreets of Upper Walthamstow in the direction of Wood Street.

Footbridge across Forest Road, Woodford.

Footbridge across Forest Road, Woodford.

Architectural Detail, Forest Road, Upper Walthamstow

Architectural Detail, Forest Road, Upper Walthamstow

Post-War Housing on Hempstead Road, Upper Walthamstow

Post-War Housing on Hempstead Road, Upper Walthamstow

There is a lot going on in Wood Street itself. A traditional high street with independent shops and an indoor market.

Wood Street Indoor Market
Wood Street Indoor Market

Wood Street Market

Wood Street, Walthamstow E17
Wood Street, Walthamstow E17

Wood Street, Walthamstow E17

Small Green House, on Marlow Road, Walthamstow E17

Small Green House, on Marlow Road, Walthamstow E17

Wood Street Indoor Market

Wood Street Indoor Market


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