What do Wanstead’s new ‘village’ signs mean?

Wanstead’s ‘village’ signs, erected this week, are now in place at either end of Wanstead High Street. For the curious, here is a guide to the symbols on the signs:

1. The coat of arms was previously that of Wanstead and Woodford Borough Council, which was incorporated into Redbridge in 1965, and dates from 1937.

2. The Latin inscription means “By wisdom and courage”

3. The birds (martlets)
and lions on the shield refer to Westminster Abbey and Waltham Abbey, which oversaw Wanstead and Woodford.

4. The trees are a reference to Epping Forest

5. The herons are from the logo of the former Wanstead Urban District Council

6. St Mary The Virgin, Wanstead

7. Christchurch, Wanstead – rather confusingly pictured here as red rather than the actual grey.

8. Wanstead drinking fountain, outside Wanstead Underground station.

9. The horse chestnut leaves refer to Redbridge Borough Council.

(Sources: Civic Heraldry, Ordnance Survey)

Wanstead candidates out in force

Saturday morning campaigning in Wanstead High StreetIn what will probably become a fixture of Wanstead High Street in coming weeks, both Labour and Conservative prospective parliamentary candidates spent their Saturday mornings with trestle tables and volunteers within feet of each other handing out leaflets. Below are the leaflets they were distributing.

Devon House successor?

Former Devon House Interiors on Hermon HillAs Wansteadium noted last week, the “Opening Soon” posters completely covering the windows of the former Devon House Interiors on Hermon Hill are pretty successful at building a sense of anticipation: it’s a large shop, great setting, lots of people passing… what could it be? A restaurant, perhaps? A new cafe? A bookshop even?

Underwhelming as it might seem, Wansteadium has reason to believe it’s going to be a kitchen and bathroom showroom. (Sound of hopes being dashed.)

Wanstead news roundup, 28.03.10; Potholes, The Larder, Knock Down Ginger

Road safety plans costing £165,000 have been agreed for New Wanstead, which has an accident rate 30% higher than other equivalent roads in Redbridge. The plans will include a new pedestrian island, new lighting and a new road surface. Details at Wanstead Guardian.

Pot Idol update: Redbridge Council has allocated £250,000 to repair more than 8,000 potholes across the borough. (See more Pot Idol here)

The Larder, the Orange Tree and the Wanstead Leisure Centre have all been nominated for the Smooth Radio Love London Awards.

It’s back to business for children’s boutique Knock Down Ginger, which featured in the News of the World after a visit by bailiffs.

Wanstead general election leaflets, pt 1

Wansteadium is launching its collection of general election leaflets. As with other local news websites around the country, we will attempt to upload images of all general election leaflets distributed between now and the expected polling day of 6 May. You can see other leaflets from around the country on the website The Straight Choice, a non-party live election leaflet monitoring project.

First up, Labour’s John Cryer, delivered in Snaresbrook ward on 23 March.

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(Please feel free to let us know of any others you have delivered if you live in the constituency of Leyton and Wanstead, either via comments or to wansteadium-at-googlemail.com.)