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Rectory Court Redbridge
Summary: Rectory Court is on the former site of the old vicarage of St Mary the Virgin Woodford. The C18th building became the offices for the new borough of Wanstead and Woodford in 1937 and was subsequently used as Woodford Crown Court, a Magistrates Court from 1968-88. The site has now been developed as private housing. In the C19th its garden off Woodford High Road had a circular carriage sweep, mature cedar, and other trees. Within the curtilege was a garden designed by Humphry Repton in c.1801 for John Maitland of Woodford Hall, most of which was destroyed with the construction of the neighbouring court house. As a boy, William Morris lived at Woodford Hall with his parents who have a memorial in the adjacent churchyard.
Previous / Other name: The Old Court House; The Old Rectory; St Mary's Rectory
Site location: 189 Woodford High Road
Postcode: E18 > Google Map
Type of site: Housing/Estate Landscaping
Date(s): early C19th
Listed structures:
Borough: Redbridge
Site ownership: private
Site management:
Open to public? No
Opening times: private
Special conditions:
Public transport: Tube: South Woodford (Central). Bus: 179, W13
The information shown above was correct at the time of the last update 01/09/2006
Please check with the site owner or manager for latest news.

Fuller information:

Sources consulted:

Carter, Goode & Laurie; Essex Record Office T/B 92; Arthur Mee 'The King's England: London North of the Thames except the City and Westminster', (Hodder & Stoughton, 1972); Ian Dowling and Nick Harris, Images of London: Wanstead and Woodford, (Tempus Publishing 2003), p72; LB Redbridge, South Woodford Conservation Area Appraisal and Enhancement Scheme, April 2002
Grid ref: TQ400906
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: Yes - Archaeology Priority Area
Other LA designation:

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