Author: Richard

  • The Lake Pond

  • The Basin

  • The Holt Channel

  • The Reservoir

    The first depiction of The Reservoir is on Rocque’s 1735 Map, suggesting that it was planned alongside the other water bodies in Wanstead Park in the early 18th century. There it is depicted as being broadly rectangular in shape, with slightly curved north-eastern and south-eastern corners, and two small rectangular islands. However, all later maps […]

  • The Great Lake

    The Great Lake was a very large water body, one of those created between about 1715 and 1740 to provide vistas from Richard Child’s great new Palladian Wanstead House. It occupied almost exactly the same area as the present Lake House estate. On an island or peninsula in the lake was a banqueting house, which […]

  • The serpentine lakes

    The precise sequence of work in the construction of the serpentine lakes is not known. Cradock’s Map of 1725 is uninformative: it depicts the Ornamental Water as complete, but does not stretch far enough to the west to encompass the area of the serpentine lakes. In the absence of other information, we cannot tell whether […]

  • Overview of the lake system

    The lake system in Wanstead Park divides into two parts, each exploiting pre-existing natural features. The River Roding runs along the eastern boundary of Wanstead Park. In the early eighteenth century, its water levels were raised by weirs, and its course elaborated into a system of interlinked channels which became known as the Ornamental water. […]

  • The lake system of Wanstead Park: introduction

      The most important surviving features of Wanstead Park’s eighteenth century landscape are its lakes. Extensive though they are – totalling some 43 acres in size – they are merely the remnant of a waterscape which was once considerably larger. Of the nine significant water bodies created between 1715 and 1745, only five now survive: […]

  • The Lake Pond

  • The owners of Wanstead Park Part 1: 1086-1499

    A MEDIAEVAL MANOR This is the first in a series of articles giving brief biographical sketches of the people who owned the Wanstead estate over 800 years. Articles about the history of the estate, its buildings and the gardens appear elsewhere on this site. The Domesday survey (c.1086) provides the name of the first identifiable […]