Wansteadium Christmas Quiz answers

We asked the following questions:

There’s a part of Wanstead that is forever Waterloo. Where is it?

  • Lots of entries suggested Nelson Road or Wellesley Road. The answer we were looking for, though, was the plinth on which Churchill’s bust sits outside The Bull, which used to be a cornerstone of the old Waterloo Bridge. (See more here.)

Parakeets are common in Wanstead. But they are not the most exotic creatures ever seen here. Where, exactly, was Wanstead’s menagerie?

  • The answer is the Temple in Wanstead Park, as highlighted by historian Hannah Armstrong in her Wanstead Fringe talk last year.

A register of historic sites which are at risk was published this year. It mentioned five spots in Wanstead: Wanstead Park, St Mary’s, Christ Church, the Grotto and one other. What was it?

  • The answer is the Garden Temple in the garden of Temple House in The Avenue. (See more here.) We feel like we need to know more about this.

So here’s the shocking news. There were no completely correct entries. Matt was closest, so we’re prepared to share bragging rights with him. Thank you for everyone who took part.

Bid for 20-metre 5G mast outside St Mary’s

Image: Google Earth

Redbridge is considering an application to put a 20-metre 5G telecoms mast on the grass verge at the end of St Mary’s Avenue, opposite St Mary’s Church – the borough’s only grade 1 listed building.

The plan includes cabinets on the grass and a paved area, as indicated on the images from the plans below. The mast would be five metres higher than the trees on the avenue and would be the next tallest thing beside the church’s clock tower.

The current church was finished in the late 18th Century, though earlier churches had been there from the 1200s. It is accepted as being one of the finest Georgian churches in London.

The application seems not to have been widely noticed, but public observations on it need to be submitted by 30 December. Details can be found at this address on the Redbridge site under reference 3919/22.

Image: Redbridge Planning
Image: Redbridge Planning

Daisy’s dinners

We omitted to mention this before Christmas, but much kudos to Daisy’s the florist which once again provided a slap-up Christmas lunch for users of the Alan Burgess Centre. Our correspondent Sue writes:

The kindness of Daisy’s Florist is overwhelming. This lovely couple again paid for Christmas lunch and gifts this week, for around forty over 55’s, at the Allan Burgess Centre (Age Concern).

As we all know, this is a very tough time for many of us, and the High Street businesses are also suffering. So a very big “Thank You!” to Daisy’s, whose kind and community spirited gesture was very much appreciated!

Wansteadium’s Christmas Quiz

This year’s Christmas quiz has three questions. Send your answers by filling in the form below. The winner will win enormous amounts of street cred. No Googling. Answers will come on New Year’s Eve.

There’s a part of Wanstead that is forever Waterloo. Where is it?

Parakeets are common in Wanstead. But they are not the most exotic creatures ever seen here. Where, exactly, was Wanstead’s menagerie?

A register of historic sites which are at risk was published this year. It mentioned five spots in Wanstead: Wanstead Park, St Mary’s, Christ Church, the Grotto and one other. What was it?

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Christmas services in Wanstead hit a hitch

The traditional lineup of Christmas services in Wanstead churches will be a bit different this year with the absence of any services at Wanstead United Reformed Church. It has had to cancel all its services because its heating has broken.

There are still plenty of services to choose from, though, which are detailed in the listing below.