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Elmhurst Conference Centre Redbridge
Summary: Elmhurst, an C18th house with an area of garden to the front, is a fragment of a gentleman's estate. It was originally known as Grove House, having been built to the designs of Joel Johnson of Walthamstow in 1771 by Sylvanus Grove who came to Woodford in 1770. It was later owned by a Quaker tea merchant, Smith Harrison, whose wife Jane was a sister of Lord Lister. Part of the estate was separated from the house when the railway came through the area and was later laid out as a public park, Elmhurst Gardens. The large front garden had two stone urns and was largely lawn with some shrubs and notable trees, including cedar and horse chestnuts; a C20th red brick wall divided the property from High Road. A photograph of c.1900 shows the house front with the cedar tree relatively unchanged. By 1939 it was in use as a hostel, and tennis courts had been built behind the house, and it later became a conference centre connected to Queen Mary College.
Previous / Other name: Elmhurst; Grove House
Site location: 98 High Road, South Woodford
Postcode: E18 > Google Map
Type of site: Private Garden
Date(s): C18th
Listed structures: LBII: Elmhurst
Borough: Redbridge
Site ownership: to check current owner
Site management:
Open to public? to check
Opening times:
Special conditions:
Public transport: Tube: South Woodford (Central). Bus: 179, W12, W13, W14.
The information shown above was correct at the time of the last update
Please check with the site owner or manager for latest news.

Fuller information:

Elmhurst has been sold for residential development with plans for the house to be used as part restaurant and part offices. The current status of the house is to be checked.

Sources consulted:

Peter Lawrence and Georgina Green, Woodford, A Pictorial History, Phillimore, 1995; LB Redbridge, South Woodford Conservation Area Appraisal and Enhancement Scheme, April 2002
Grid ref: TQ401905
Size in hectares:
On EH National Register : No
EH grade:
Site on EH Heritage at Risk list:
Registered common or village green
on Commons Registration Act 1965:
Protected under London Squares
Preservation Act 1931:
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: Yes
Conservation Area name: South Woodford
Tree Preservation Order: No
Nature Conservation Area: No
Green Belt: No
Metropolitan Open Land: No
Special Policy Area: No
Other LA designation: Proposal/Preference Site

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