Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Grange Hill

This is the 11th station I have visited on the Central Line. The station was opened in 1903 as part of the Woodford to Ilford loop.


Unusual to see the roundel embedded in concrete forming the base of the light                                                              

                                                  Looking closely at the ironwork brackets you can see the letters GER. The Great Eastern Railway was merged with other railway companies in 1923 to become the London and North Eastern Railway. Plans were made to transfer the station and others on this loop line to the Eastern extension of the Central Line. Work began in 1938 but was suspended until 1946 due to the outbreak of WW2. It opened as part of the Central line in November 1948.

The station ticket office was rebuilt after the war following its destruction by a 'Doodlebug' in July 1944. The  original building was similar to Chigwell station (See previous post).

I crossed over from the station and peered over the bridge to see the tunnel linking Chigwell with Grange Hill. A short tunnel but then it is only a short distance to the previous station.
Turning right along Manor Road I saw this sign for Chigwell Cemetery. It was a long lane with a new housing development on my left but  looking through the trees on my right I was surprised to see open fields.

A five minute walk along the lane brought me to the cemetery which is completely surrounded by open countryside, a reminder that this Underground line has not yet taken me fully into suburbia.

I walked back onto Manor Road and turned left away from the station. I was surprised by the view. It wasn't a clear day, in fact it was overcast and drizzly but I could still make out the skyscrapers in the City of London some 12 miles away.


On the other side of the road is the United Reform Church built in 1804 and the oldest church in this area.

 I walked along Manor road as far as the recreational ground and was going to walk through the wooded area at the back but it was far too muddy. Another day perhaps.

Walking back towards the station I noticed a footpath running alongside the United Reform Church.

The footpath was part of the London loop which I mentioned in my previous post. I decided to follow it as it was going in the right direction hopefully. At least it wasn't quite as muddy as the path at the back of the recreational ground!

One or two stiles to negotiate. I was now regretting not wearing my hiking boots. Oh well, nothing ventured nothing gained.

Through the bushes I heard the sound of gushing water. At first I thought it was some kind of fancy swimming pool.
It turned out to be the Chigwell Water treatment works.

Before I got completely lost I decided to leave the footpath and find my way back to the road. On the way I found these old cottages. This one was named Miller's Cottage

Old workers weatherboarded cottages

This is a listed building, built around 1800 but try as I might I couldn't find out any more information about its previous life.

The lodge

This was Vicarage Lane I was walking along which turned out to be a long winding lane with fields on either side and the occasional house.

Newer housing developments were more frequent at the beginning and end of the lane.  I walked further than anticipated with the lane bringing me out at the High Road in Chigwell.

At least I knew where I was and took a circular route back to Grange Hill via Hainault Road and then on to Manor Road once more.

Passed St Winifred's church and then climbed the hill next to it.

What  a pity the day was not clearer  as I gazed down on the whole of London before me (impossible to see from the photos). Of course it is at this point that the name of the station makes sense!
It was just a short walk back to the station. Passed  a small row of shops with its beauty shops, hairdressers and upmarket delicatessen.


  1. Good thing you didn't fancy a swim! I've never heard of an ironing parlor before. I assume it's a place to bring you clothes for ironing, right?

  2. Grange Hill must have quite an elevation and what great views of London.

    It funny the things in a post that people focus on and before even reading Cynthia's comment, I planned to say, every town should have an ironing parlour.

    I gather London Loop is a walking trail circling greater London, the M25 for walkers if you will, although at a slower pace. But then from what I have heard of the M25, maybe not that much slower.

  3. It still amazes me how rural it looks out there with some up market places. Lovely views too. How long does it take to get into the city by train?

  4. I just love that you can be out in the country and still able to see the big city buildings in the distance ( even if not too well on this day)...and that you can get on the train and go there at will ... And not worry about how long you wander about, because you know the train will be there to take you home whenever you are ready. Sigh...a case of big-city envy here. Love these tours! Thanks.

  5. That was quite a walk ! It looks like a village with these nice old houses.

  6. Do you ever stop in for a cup of tea or snack when you're touring the areas around the stations?

  7. Oh how I wish I could go on the jaunts with you! ...Although reading your blog is the next best thing,

  8. It does look like the Central Line goes into the country. The only piece of it I knew was, coming from Dagenham, on the District Line, changing at Mile End, on the Central Line, to go to Oxford Circus or Tottenham Court where I would walk down to all the second-hand bookstores. The area you show is very picturesque.

  9. I thought Grange Hill was a made up name for the Kids program from years ago. Does not look a bad place


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