This is the look for the new coffee shop on Wanstead High Street, currently getting ready to open in its spot formerly occupied by the Orange Tree.
Apart from typical semantic whingeing from people like Wansteadium (how exactly can something be “Est” and “since”?), so far it looks smart and in keeping with the generally rising standards of shopfronts in Wanstead.
But there is something about the beige-on-brown which looks familiar… what can it be?… Any clues anyone?
The sight of workers trying to fix the ongoing problems at Wellesley Road at midnight on Saturday/Sunday. Kudos (and significant overtime no doubt) to all involved. (Thanks to ever-alert Marcus Tylor for the picture.)
Having been hit by roadworks and flooding in the same place three times in 12 months, Wellesley Road has again been dug up at the same spot, this time reportedly because of a leaking gas pipe.
Long-suffering residents and shopkeepers are once again dealing with the road being closed. And spare a thought for anxious learner drivers leaving the Wanstead Test Centre and having to cope with diversions.
That poor, poor road. And if it is cursed, who cursed it? There can be only two candidates.
Either the man whose family gave the road its name – the wicked cad of Wanstead House, Mr William Pole-Tylney Long-Wellesley, noted Trump-style manhood bragger (he used to allow himself to be referred to as Mr Long Pole, we learned in Geraldine Roberts’ magnificent book on the subject*).
Or perhaps it is the wronged party, Lady Catherine Tylney-Long, the richest commoner in the British Isles, whose dedication and fortune were squandered by the ignorant oaf. There have been rumours of her tragic ghost wandering the grounds of her former estate in Wanstead Park. Perhaps she has at last sought revenge on the road, hoping perhaps to start a movement to have it renamed.
But Wanstead has bucked the trend with the launch of a new free weekly newspaper – the Wanstead and Woodford Recorder. Issues are being handed out on Wanstead High Street and there will presumably be some door-to-door distribution.
It will come as an unwelcome development for the Wanstead and Woodford Guardian, but is good news for readers – nothing sharpens journalistic ambition like competition.
Wansteadium reader Clive Power has been incredibly quick off the blocks by comparing the rival editions and offers the following analysis.
Editions: Thurs 13 October 2016
Total size of stories (not including headlines & pix)
Wanstead & Woodford news
Other news: pan-Redbridge
Out of area news
Wanstead & Woodford sport
Local sport, incl WHUFC, LOFC
Out of area sport
Free (80p where sold)
He adds this note:
I measured the size of the news (including planning applications) and sports stories. I did not include headlines or photos or old stories reprinted. So I did not include the many Reception class photos in this week’s W&WG (although only 10 out of 61 of these were from W&W schools).
I did not include the letters as there hasn’t been time for W&WR letters yet (although it is likely to print the same letters as the Ilford Recorder). W&WG had 4 letters (all ‘out of area’) this week; W&WR had 6 (from the Ilford Recorder) plus social media points.