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Category: History


Shoulder of Mutton Pond

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The Lake Pond

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The Basin

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The Holt Channel

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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….

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The Lake Pond

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