TQ4790 : Looking across the Borough boundary at Furze House Farm

taken 5 years ago, near to Collier Row, Havering, Great Britain

Looking across the Borough boundary at Furze House Farm
Looking across the Borough boundary at Furze House Farm
Furze House Farm is the last remnant in Barking & Dagenham of the agricultural landscape which predominated until the 1920s. Although the fields here serve as a reminder of how most of Barking & Dagenham once looked, this particular farmland is of relatively recent origin. In the early 19th century this land lay within Hainault Forest. The name 'Furze House' refers to the heathy nature of the Forest, furze being an old name for gorse. It was only after the removal of the Forest's legal protection in 1851 that this area was turned over to agricultural use. The area of open countryside here in the north of Barking & Dagenham and stretching into Redbridge was reduced to the current extent around 1960 when the Marks Gate housing estate to the south was completed. This hedgerow actually forms the Borough boundary, this side being in Redbridge and the other side in Barking & Dagenham. The houses on the other side of Billet Road can be seen in the distance.

Billet Road is a classic example of how the Green Belt works. To the south is the estate of Marks Gate while across the road here is open countryside. This Green Belt land belongs to Furze House Farm, which is close to Whalebone Lane North.
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TQ4790, 16 images   (more nearby search)
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Date Taken
Wednesday, 21 June, 2017   (more nearby)
Wednesday, 21 June, 2017
Geographical Context
Farm, Fishery, Market Gardening  Suburb, Urban fringe 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 4782 9005 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:35.3950N 0:7.9461E
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 4771 9014
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Southeast (about 135 degrees)
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