2014

TQ2860 : House on the Little Woodcote Estate seen from Grove Lane

taken 10 years ago, near to Woodmansterne, Surrey, England

House on the Little Woodcote Estate seen from Grove Lane
House on the Little Woodcote Estate seen from Grove Lane
Surrey County Council first bought land at Woodcote in 1912, but after the First World War they made substantial purchases in the Little Woodcote area, on either side of Woodmansterne Lane. The main purpose was to provide smallholdings so that ex-servicemen who wanted to farm on a small scale had the chance to do so as tenants of the County Council. They built the semi-detached farm houses with uniform black weatherboarding and white window frames seen here. Over the years many of the smallholdings have been given up but a number still remain and some of the plots still grow vegetables. Much of the land purchased by Surrey in this area became the backbone of the Green Belt hereabouts after the Second World War.

Grove Lane is a bridleway connecting Coulsdon to Oaks Park. It is a very old track and was well-established by the latter half of the 18th century. It was then that the Twelfth Earl of Derby, and his sporting guests at The Oaks, used Grove Lane to ride down to the cricket ground at the Red Lion at Coulsdon to take part in the matches there.

Grove Lane is now followed by the London LOOP and provides magnificent views across London from Harrow-on-the-Hill and the Wembley Arch to The Shard and the City of London and further round to Canary Wharf. It has fine hedges and gives a glimpse of what much of Sutton must have been like in the 19th century.

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TQ2860, 39 images   (more nearby 🔍)
Photographer
Marathon   (more nearby)
Date Taken
Wednesday, 30 April, 2014   (more nearby)
Submitted
Wednesday, 30 April, 2014
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 2843 6080 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:19.9080N 0:9.4747W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 2837 6073
View Direction
Northeast (about 45 degrees)
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