In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Wanstead like this:
WANSTEAD, a parish, with W. village and Snaresbrook hamlet, in West Ham district, Essex; on the river Roding, 1½ mile NW of Ilford r. station, and 7 NE of London. It has a post-office under London NE, and a K. police station. Acres, 2,004. Real property, £11,993. Pop. in 1851, 2,207; in 1861, 2,742,-of whom 671 were in the Infant orphan asylum. Houses, 346. The property is subdivided. The manor belonged, in the late Saxon times, to St. Paul's, London; was held, at Domesday, by R. ...
Fitz-Brien; and passed to the Huntercombes, the Herons, the Crown, Lord Rich, the Earl of Leicester, the Mildmays, the Childs, the Tylneys, and the Wellesleys. The manorial mansion was restored by the Earl of Leicester; gave entertainment in 1578 to Elizabeth, in 1607 to James I.; was rebuilt in 1715 by Sir R. Child; became the residence of some of the Bourbon princes in their exile; and was taken down by the Earl of Mornington, in 1823. A Roman pavement and other Roman antiquities were found in the park in 1735. There are numerous good residences. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Rochester. Value, £616.* Patron, Earl Cowley. The church was rebuilt in 1790; and has a Doric portico, surmounted by a cupola. A chapel of ease was built in 1861, and enlarged in 1867; and it acquired a tower and spire in 1868. An Independent chapel was built in 1865. There are a national school, a young girls' protection society, a merchant seamen's orphan asylum, the infant orphan asylum at Snaresbrook, the Weavers' alms houses, and charities £66.
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GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Wanstead, in Redbridge and Essex | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 09th December 2013
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