In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Snaresbrook like this:
SNARESBROOK, a village in Wanstead parish, Essex; in Epping forest, adjacent to the Ongar railway, 7½ miles NE of St. Paul's, London. It has a station, with telegraph, on the railway The Infant orphan asylum, for 700 children, and the Merchant Seamen's orphan asylum, for 130 boys and 75 girls, are here; the former built in 1843, the latter in 1862-3. The latter stands on a plot of 20 acres; exhibits a splendour of architecture almost palatial; and is capable of such extension as to accommodate 400 children.
Additional information about this locality is available for Wanstead
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GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Snaresbrook, in Redbridge and Essex | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 02nd May 2016
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