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Roman history in park
10:17am Friday 7th March 2014 in Your Views
Many thanks for the fascinating article about Roman antiquities in Wanstead Park (Guardian, February 27).
A booklet, ‘The Story of Wanstead Park’, by one Oliver S Dawson, dated around 1900 also refers to Roman remains found in the park.
While vague about the exact location, a sketch map indicates that the mosaic pavement etc. was found near the Perch Pond on the east side of the park near the River Roding.
I recall also reading that the mosaic floor was found by workmen directed to plant trees in that area and the owner, probably the First Earl Tylney, who had the 1715 mansion built, was not inclined to let Roman antiquities get in the way of his grand garden landscaping (odd really, as the great house was classical – i.e. Greco-Roman – in design).
In the same edition of your paper, reference is made to Spurs Lodge in Luxborough Lane, Chigwell.
That is around the probable site of yet another local classical style mansion – Luxborough House – a grand house, but demolished and relocated to a less damp location.
The Roding Valley seems to be a popular area for the mansion-builders of the 18th century (and later).
G Thomas, Roding Lane, Buckhurst Hill.
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