Monday, 15 August 2011

Thames Tributary River Roding - Abridge

Thames Tributary River Roding
The Roding flows south west


Countyside area north of Chigwell and east of Loughton. Crossed by the M11 and the Roding. Various country houses here have had various uses

Post to the west Loughton Bridge
Post to the north Abridge Road
Post to the east Marchings

Abridge Road
Woolston Hall. 16th altered in 18th. Timber framed and plastered. Surrounded by 18th red brick wall with gateposts, etc. The estate was owned by William I and then by the Scott family from 1485. From 1939 it was run as a sports club by the Co-operative Wholesale Society and in the 1970s it was used for as ‘The Country Club’ night club - a private members opened by film star Sean Connery and footballer Bobby Moore. It was later bought up by an local entrepreneur and became a raucous night club. Extensions and other entertainment buildings were added, which were very noisy. In 2008 the listed building was gutted by fire.
Woolston Hall Golf Club. This was built on the site after the night clubs had been pulled down. A swimming pool remains from the clubs and is part of a fitness centre.

Gravel Lane
Tournours Hall. 17th house on a medieval site, altered in the mid 19th. It was the home 1860 - 1914 of Ada Palmer, sculptor and painter, with a studio in an adjacent barn. Inside the house are some of her works and in the chapel is a memorial to her.

Sources
Cherry and Pevsner. Essex
London Transport. Country Walks

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