More pics, plus ur two favourite comments from the discussion about the days when cows would roam freely around Wanstead.
This from Sylvia Stanton (Priske) who says she is “now 90, so memories of a long time ago”.
Before the war I lived in Woodlands Avenue. Cows grazed Wanstead Flats and Bushwood. There was an old pound for stray cattle on the land behind Woodcote Road. In Leytonstone High Road was the Essex Farm Dairy, about the last city dairy. They used to deliver milk to my house. Their cows were driven out from behind he dairy each day and back home at night. The dairy was on the north side of the road about 100 yards along from Browning Road, as I remember. Cows grazed the land by the Green Man and down Whipps Cross. They also came across to my road but I believe they did not enter Wanstead Park. I understand there were ancient grazing rights on much of the forest land and on Wanstead Flats.
And this, a real practical use for the cows, from Karen Kehoe:
I used the cows a few times as an excuse for being late to work.