Woodgrange Park

Woodgrange Park, Newham

An attractive Victorian estate with recent additions, located on the border of Forest Gate and Manor Park

Wood­grange, which means ‘a farm in a for­est clear­ing’, was first record­ed in 1198, when it was in the pos­ses­sion of Strat­ford Abbey.

The manor remained in agri­cul­tur­al use until it was sold to Thomas Cor­bett in the 1850s. Cor­bett and his son Cameron sold part of the farm for use as a ceme­tery and devel­oped the remain­der over a 15-year peri­od from 1877, with build­ing pro­gress­ing from east to west. This was Cameron Corbett’s first such project and he went on to become one of London’s great­est sub­ur­ban house­builders. The Wood­grange estate was a well-planned devel­op­ment of 700 homes with archi­tec­tur­al detail­ing that echoed Vic­to­ri­an rail­way sta­tions.

Shown in the pho­to above,* the Angli­can church of All Saints was built in 1886 at the cor­ner of Hamp­ton Road and Rom­ford Road. The archi­tect was the pro­lif­ic church builder Arthur Blom­field.

The first buri­als took place at Wood­grange Park ceme­tery in 1889 and Wood­grange Park sta­tion opened on a spur of the Tot­ten­ham and For­est Gate Rail­way in 1894.

The Wood­grange estate was des­ig­nat­ed a con­ser­va­tion area in 1976, but not before many orig­i­nal fea­tures had been lost. Wood­grange Park Vil­lage is a small hous­ing asso­ci­a­tion estate built in the 1990s to the east of the sta­tion.

Con­tro­ver­sy arose in 2000 when devel­op­ers Bell­way Urban Renew­al exhumed more than 12,000 bod­ies from a dis­used part of Wood­grange Park Ceme­tery in prepa­ra­tion for build­ing 120 new apart­ments. The bod­ies, many of them Blitz vic­tims, were rein­terred else­where in the ceme­tery but local res­i­dents expressed dis­ap­proval of the way in which the remains were han­dled.

Wood­grange Park’s name is nowa­days applied only to the imme­di­ate vicin­i­ty of the sta­tion. Besides Eng­lish, the locality’s lan­guages include Ben­gali, Pun­jabi, Urdu and Gujarati.

Postal districts: E7 and E12
Station: London Overground (Gospel Oak to Barking line, zones 3 and 4)
* The picture of All Saints, Hampton Road, at the top of this page is adapted from an original photograph, copyright John Salmon, at Geograph Britain and Ireland, made available under the Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic Licence. Any subsequent reuse is freely permitted under the terms of that licence.