Introduction to Wanstead

Interesting introduction to Wanstead – plus stunning pictures – from Jonathan Lethbridge at the Wanstead Birder blog.

What is now known as Wanstead (from the Anglo Saxon “Wen”, a small hill, and “Stede”, meaning a settlement) once formed the extensive and manicured grounds of Wanstead House, until it was demolished in the 19th century. The owner, one William Wellesley-Long, was somewhat of a gambler, and after losing his fortune on, had to sell the house – literally, brick by brick