Lloyd Park Heritage Group.

12noon in the Community Bowls Pavilion Welcoming all Waltham Forest Residents aged 50 plus
Tea & cake provided! Includes a variety of activities, from nature poetry to building bird boxes to Tai Chi…
FREE Over 50s’ Group
Vestry House Museum, London Borough of Waltham Forest
Vestry House Museum, London Borough of Waltham Forest
What our members say: ’sdneirf wen edam evah I ‘ ’suolubaf si esitrepxe eht fo ytilauq ehT‘ ‘I have grown to love Lloyd Park even more’ ’.erutan dna yrotsih fo evol ym sretsof tI‘ ‘A chance to do something I’ve never done before and never imagined I could do.’
Lloyd Park, off Forest Road, Walthamstow, E17

Lloyd Park Sharing Heritage is a weekly group for over-50s.
Lloyd Park Sharing Heritage Group
2 A Celebration of Lloyd Park
Lloyd Park Sharing Heritage Group (LPSH) Lloyd Park Sharing Heritage is a welcoming and diverse group for residents of Waltham Forest who are over 50. Since July 2013 we have met weekly on Wednesday mornings in the community bowls pavilion in the park. Our inspiring leader is Ellie Mortimer who works for Waltham Forest Council as the Lloyd Park Community Project Co-ordinator. Over the last three years Ellie has produced a programme of activities which have taught us about the heritage of Lloyd Park and allowed us to participate in creative projects which reflected both its social and natural history. This booklet records some of what we have learned and the variety of art and craft projects which we have enjoyed. We also enjoy good company, make friends and share refreshments. New members are always very welcome. To find out more contact Ellie on 020 8496 2822 ellie.mortimer@walthamforest.gov.uk http://www.walthamforest.gov.uk/lloyd-park Contents Map 3 Introduction to the park and its history 4 Poem: Halcyon Days 6 Our ‘Then and Now’ exhibition 7 Poem: Cockney Sparrow Tweets 14 Natural history of the park 16 Tree Trail 28 Details of activities and other organisations in the park 32
LPSH group was initially funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund jointly with the London Borough of Waltham Forest. Waltham Forest Council continues to support us.
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Brettenham Road
Carr Road
Aveling Park Road
Winns Terrace
Winns Avenue
Forrest Road
Bedford Road
Bedford Road
Chingford Road
Community Bowls Pavilion and synthetic bowls green
Grass bowls green
Aveling Park Centre with artist’s studios, park keepers office, Winns Gallery, community room, Le Delice café and children’s playground
Tennis court
Tennis court Tennis court
William Morris Gallery
William Morris garden
Outdoor gym and basketball court
4 A Celebration of Lloyd Park
Lloyd Park In 1898 Water House and its gardens were donated to Walthamstow Urban District Council, for the benefit of local people, by the Lloyd family. When the park opened in July 1900 there were terrace gardens, a fountain, a refreshment kiosk, a sports pavilion and a bandstand on the island. In 1905 a further bandstand was placed on the lower field and Walthamstow Avenue Football Club had a pitch in the park. In 1912 Aveling Fields were purchased and tennis courts and a bowling green were added. In August 1917 a bomb was dropped on Lloyd park in one of the first Zeppelin attacks. In the 1930s a children’s playground and the much loved concert pavilion on the island were installed. From 1947–1960 prefabs stood on the right hand side of the lower fields to house people whose homes were bombed during the war. After being used as offices and a clinic, the house was opened as the William Morris Gallery in 1950. The pavilion on the island was improved and it became the Theatre in 1972. In 2012 it was removed as part of the restoration 2010–2012 park restoration Bids for funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Big Lottery Fund to improve the park and gallery were successful and work took place in 2011/2012. A revitalised park has emerged with an award winning museum in the house. Lloyd Park now has terraced gardens, a William Morris inspired garden, a large children’s play area, a café, two bowling greens, an outdoor gym, tennis courts and new trees planted in conservation areas. The park is cared for by a very busy team of gardeners and has won a Green Flag Award annually since the restoration. Details of volunteering opportunities and organisations operating in the park are given on the back cover.
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The History of the House and Gardens It is probable, but not confirmed, that the moat and island were originally the site of a medieval house. References to the Wynnes as a property in Walthamstow begin to appear in local documents in 1580. The property later became known as the Winns. The current house, named as Water House on a map in 1777, was probably built around 1750 and extended and altered since. It was one of many country houses that stood along Clay Street, which is now Forest Road. Its most famous resident was William Morris (1834–1896). He lived there as child, with his widowed mother and family, between 1848 and 1856. He loved observing the wildlife, playing knights on the island and boating on the moat. In 1857 Edward Lloyd bought the estate and he lived there with his family of 18 children. He was a successful publisher, building his own paper mills and producing newspapers. He was also famous for publishing stories in weekly instalments, costing only a penny, to be affordable for all. Joy Vick, great, great grandchild, descended from Edward’s youngest son Percy Lloyd, spoke to us about her family. In Victorian times Walthamstow changed rapidly, with the opening of the first railway in 1870, and housing development. The population grew from 7,137 in 1861 to 96,720 in 1901. The house was no longer a quiet country property. In 1898, after Edward Lloyd’s death, his son Frank generously offered the house and gardens to Walthamstow Urban District Council as a gift for the benefit of local residents. The Council purchased additional adjoining land and the remainder was sold to Sir Thomas Courtney Warner who built the Warner Estate. Map dated 1864 Edward Lloyd


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