Wanstead Flats History

LOCAL HISTORY TALKS 2019/20

A series of illustrated talks by Dr Mark Gorman and/or Peter Williams


7:30pm 2nd December 2019 Religion and Revolt on Wanstead Flats Wanstead Historical Society, Wanstead Library, Spratt Hall Rd, London E11 2EQ

Local historians Dr Mark Gorman and Peter Williams will take us on a fascinating journey through the history of the flats showing how this semi regulated space became the base for the free expression of ideas, whether religious or political, at the end of the nineteenth century. Some notable local characters from Leytonstone stand out. Bushwood it turns out was our local Speakers’ Corner. The talk will also discuss how the Conservators, the City of London Corporation, sought to exercise control, and some of the court cases that ensued. 


10-12noon 4th February 2020 Stratford – as seen through Edwardian postcards How Stratford has changed over the last 100 years, with then and now photographs of key buildings and locations (full version) U3A Wanstead and Woodford, St Mary’s church hall, South Woodford E18 2PA


2:45pm 5th February 2020 Behind the wire – PoWs on Wanstead Flats in World War II Chingford Women’s Institute, North Chingford Methodist church. 49 Station Rd, Chingford, London E4 7BU

A talk about the Prisoner of War camps on Wanstead Flats and a look at other uses of the Flats over the past 100 years.


7:30pm 12th March 2020 Religion and Revolt on Wanstead Flats East London History Society, Latimer congregational church hall, Ernest St, London E1 4LS

Local historians Dr Mark Gorman and Peter Williams will take us on a fascinating journey through the history of the flats showing how this semi regulated space became the base for the free expression of ideas, whether religious or political, at the end of the nineteenth century. Some notable local characters from Leytonstone stand out. Bushwood it turns out was our local Speakers’ Corner. The talk will also discuss how the Conservators, the City of London Corporation, sought to exercise control, and some of the court cases that ensued. 


10:00 9th June 2020 Behind the wire – PoWs on Wanstead Flats in World War II Waltham Abbey U3a Waltham Abbey Town council building EN9 1DE

A talk about the Prisoner of War camps on Wanstead Flats and a look at other uses of the Flats over the past 100 years.


BOOKLETS ON LOCAL HISTORY FOR SALE AT EMPORIUM 8 SEBERT RD E7, AND NEWHAM BOOKSHOP


Peter has written a book on the history of the local fire service and accepts commissions for house and street histories in the Stratford and Forest Gate areas. Mark is publishing a book in 2021 on the battle to save Epping Forest in 19thC.


We are happy to lead to local guided walks on request.

Contact:pows.wanstead@gmail.com