Hannah Armstrong is giving a lecture/seminar on Wanstead for the University of London School of Advanced Study / Institute of Historical Research on Thursday 22nd November at 6pm.
The title of her seminar will be 'Wanstead and Wealth from the East Indies', focussing on Josiah Child's ownership of the house and how his fortune from the East India Company funded the landscape improvements, which set the scene for the Eighteenth Century estate to flourish.
Hannah's seminar will be free to members of the public. There are no tickets - you just turn up on the day
The venue will be Room 3A/3B, Garden Halls, 1 Cartwright Gardens, King's Cross, London. WC1H 9EN.
The Temple in Wanstead Park was opened for a special event on 7th October. The popular local author Geraldine Roberts gave a talk about her book:'The Angel and the Cad''. This tells the sad story of Catherine Tylney and her horrible but handsome husband William; it was he who was responsible for the demise of Wanstead House. The book shows how Catherine, so often painted as a wimpish female, fought in the High Court for custody of her children. And won, thus changing family law in this country forever.
We look forward to the Temple being open to the public again soon so we can enjoy more such events in this special building
TURF WARS: The struggle to cultivate Wanstead Flats in the 20th Century
Sunday 25th February @ 1:00 pm
The Temple, Wanstead Park
A NEW talk by local historians
Mark Gorman and Peter Williams
Tickets £3:00 payable on the door.
As places are limited, advanced booking required with
Before it became the leisure and recreation space it is today, Wanstead Flats was used for hundreds of years by farmers, cattle grazers and then allotment-holders. This is their story, in particular the struggle by smallholders for use of the Flats during the last century.
'Trees in the Landscape' photographic exhibition, our second exhibition, is now on display at the Temple during weekend opening hours until early spring.
The twenty-one photographs show various aspects of trees in the Wanstead and Epping Forest area, in all seasons from winter snow to autumn glory. Some images show details such as fungi doing its work, birds using nest holes, and spring catkins. Others show the sheer beauty of trees and groups of trees both in a forest and a more urban setting.
The exhibition launch was very timely as it coincided with National Tree Week, bringing home the message that trees everywhere are a vital part of the ecosystem and it is essential that we protect them.
These photographs had to be selected from 240 entries and it was
heartening that the project inspired so many people to take their
cameras, go out there and think about how to take a good picture of a tree. The Launch was preceded by a walk for 30 people, led by Tim Harris, and was attended by over 50 people who enjoyed a good natter and some excellent tea and cake.
Thanks to Wren volunteers for this. Many thanks
also to Committee Member Tony Morrison for printing and framing the images so brilliantly.
In addition to local Councillor Paul Merry, we were lucky to welcome
Epping Forest Artist in Residence Marion Sidebottom, who displayed some of her meticulous photographs of ancient Forest trees. We hope to see more of her work in future.
The other day, I asked my son what he wanted for his fourth birthday. A magical leaf adventure, he said. Of course there were lots of other things he requested - mainly Lego related – but I like his sentiment. Autumn is the perfect time for a magical leaf adventures.
Already the horse chestnut trees are losing their leaves and a bounty of conkers are falling to the pavements, ready to be seized by little fingers. Oak trees are losing acorns and the squirrels are looking busier.
Given that – it seems appropriate that next Wanstead Park Children’s Nature Club will be focusing on trees and their leaves – and the leaf crunching wonderful possibilities they give us in autumn.
It seems a whole world away from our summer Nature club where we found crickets in the long grass on a baking summer day and it will be great to discover how the sesille oak we searched for mini-beasts around is faring the new season. Will we find acorns around it or will the squirrels have beaten us?
The club will be held on Sunday 29th October between 1pm - 2.30pm - and is aimed at children between 2-7 years old. We will meet at the Temple, Wanstead Park at 12.45pm and the cost is £3.50 per child.
There will be an autumnal nature trail and crafts and stories celebrating the season. We hope to see you and your children there!