Sunday, 8 January 2012

Theobald’s Brook - Goff's Oak

Theobald’s Brook
Theobald’s Brook rises in this area and flows south east towards the River Lee

Post to the north Goffs Oak
Post to the east Goff's Oak
Post to the south Woodgreen Farm
Post to the west Goff's Oak

Goff’s Lane
War Memorial. Unveiled in 1920 by Admiral Hedworth Meux and has the names of 32 men from the village killed in the Great War.  Three more names were added following the Second World War. Restore 2006.
Houses behind the war memorial were the police station, closed. Built about 1900
Shops date from the 1890s, but the Co-op is later
Village Hall, built in 1957 as the Memorial Hall, for which there was a local fund raising campaign
Old Comrades Club. This dates from after the Great War and was originally in a wooden building, replaced in the 1950s.
Cottages from 18th adjacent to the club were destroyed in bombing. One, said to be the village school, has since disappeared also.
Bryfield Nursery. Site of Darke’s Moat, medieval
617 Goffs Oak House.  18th house with cemented front. Used as offices and flats.  It replaced an earlier house on the site and was the home of the Goff family,
The Wheelwrights. Pub. The current pub replaces a 19th building, known to have had a wheelwright as a landlord.

Orchid Close
Housing on the site of the anti-aircraft gun site accommodation and administration buildings.
Site of Second World War Burnt Farm army camp and wartime spotlight installation which had been part of Poyndon Farm. Remains of the army camp beyond the end of the close. Cited as an ‘exceptional survival’ and one of only ten gun sites to have survived. Its function was to combat German bombers. In 1940 such emplacements had three inch mobile guns; replaced later with larger ones. The site has six gun emplacements arranged around a loop which encircles the central command post. Each has an ammunition locker, crew shelters and concrete `holdfasts' with some gateways retaining original steel clad gates. The command post is at the centre and includes a Plotting Room, telephonists' quarters, offices, rest rooms and at the top three protected positions for the Predictor, Heightfinder and Spotting equipment there is akso Generator Block for diesel engines. There is a concrete blast shelter, and buildings to house vehicles and equipment. There is also a large `Nissen' hut which was probably the magazine.

Silver Street
Poyndon Farm. Also known as Poyndon Pits or Pudding Pits - probably gravel extraction on what was part of Cheshunt Common
Union of Orthodox Hebrew Synagogue. This organisation was founded in 1926 "to protect traditional Judaism and is an umbrella organisation for the charedi  Jewish community in London
Union of Orthodox Hebrew Congregations (Adath Yisroel) Silver Street Cemetery opened 1963. The cemetery is built on land from the Wood Green Estate after the Second World War.

Valley View
Library.  Built in the 1960s and Refurbished in 2006 when it was opened by Elmer the Elephant
Health Centre

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