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The final installment of Wansteadium’s dissection of an old newspaper which was found in a skip. (For 1971-style news, click here, and for 1971-style Wanstead ads, click here.)

According to the historic inflation calculator at This is Money, inflation since 1971-2010 has amounted to a terrifying-sounding 1038%. Applied to the £15,000 asked for this six-flat house on Hermon Hill, with five garages, makes a total asking price in today’s prices of £170,700. By comparison, a one-bedroom flat sold on Hermon Hill in November for £230,000.

Three-bed semi with garage for £8,250 – that’s £93,885 in today’s prices.

Another of the grand big houses which may well have become a bad flat conversion – same price as the first one mentioned above.

This house might well be identifiable – let us know at wansteadium[at]gmail.com if you know it – and was for sale at an asking price of £23,950 – £272,551 in 2010 prices. A four-bedroom house on Grove Park sold in 2004 for £880,000, and a current estimated valuation is £1.1m

A semi-detached three-bedroom house in Wellington Road sold in October this year for £550,000. The 1971 price, above, is £8,250, or £93,885. Reassuring somehow to see a familiar name of estate agent.

A three-bed semi in the Nightingale Estate sold in September for £410,000. The £10,750 price in 1971 would be £122,335.

• So that’s the end of our 1971 roundup. It’s been fun – if you come across an old Wanstead newspaper under your carpet or in the loft, do drop Wansteadium a line for a repeat performance.

More falls in house prices are expected in the coming months, according to at least one survey published this month. But according to one group of close observers, Wanstead appears to have bucked the trend.

On the House Price Crash website, poster Worzel wrote earlier this month that he and his wife had been looking for a house in Wanstead in 2006/7, but had been outbid. At the time the houses on the street he was looking at (unfortunately he doesn’t specify which streets) were being priced at £300k. He wrote:

Recent sales on the roads we were looking at had sales in July of this year for £410-£425k. So about 35ish % up from “peak”… The area in question is fairly close to the olympic site, but still, seems like madness to me for what are small 2/3 bed terraces in Zone 4 with leytonstone on one side, stratford to the south and Redbridge on the other side. The crash is not yet with us!

Fellow poster Miko responded that though he thought Wanstead had a lot going for it, he had found the prices staggering – he cited a three-bedroom semi with small side access to the back garden at £575k, and a larger four-bedroom semi at £725k. He wrote:

If i had taken a bet on Wanstead in 2006/7 I would have bet that the prices would have fallen by now. How wrong I would have been… I was working with a woman a little while back, and we were reading a property paper, she had been divorced a few years and had been forced to sell the house in Wanstead she was just a little short from being able to buy her ex-husband’s share and taking over the mortgage herself. So they sold and she bought a flat.While reading the paper she spotted her old house up for sale and the price that it was on at nearly bought her to tears.

Other posters say there might be an “Olympic effect” bolstering prices, though there is no clear reason why this should be the case, and some speculate that prices will crash in London next year. The numbers of sales are no doubt down on the busy times of the property boom, but the return of Churchill’s to Wanstead High Street hardly seems to be a signal that houses here are not selling. It’s no doubt the case that prices in some roads are holding up while others aren’t doing as well, but any specific examples Wansteadium readers can cite will be welcome, either in comments below or anonymously if you prefer, via e-mail: wansteadium[at]gmail.com. Below is a table, waiting to filled…

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UFOs were spotted from Wanstead/Leytonstone borders, apparently, according to the UK-UFO website:

Went to feed the foxes in the early hours Friday night when I noticed that all sound had ceased in the garden. Couldn’t hear the trees or M11 sound in the distance of the motorway which you would expect to hear on a Friday night. Looked up and saw 5 lights coming towards the allotments in the sky. Curious as I thought they might be military helicoptors because of the size but realised I could not hear a pin drop. As they got closer I saw they were very bright and in formation and knew then that they were ufo’s. I ran upstairs to my husband and woke him and pulled the curtains open and said ‘now do you believe’?

Picture: Wanstead Birder

There were two arrests following the deaths of at least 80 birds – and one Alsation – at Alexandra Lake on Wanstead Flats. Scientists are still examining the bodies of the birds. More details at Wanstead Birder; picture courtesy Jonathan Lethbridge.

Twice as many couple under 40 who have children can afford to buy houses in Redbridge compared to the rest of London, according to the National Housing and Planning Advice Unit, which basically means family houses are more affordable in Redbridge than they are in other boroughs. The question is why?

Redbridge Council gave permission retrospectively for the demolition of the Truffles chocolate shop – which had been one of Wanstead’s oldest buildings – but they really had no choice: it was pulled down in May last year by a developer who says it turned out to be dangerously unstable. Abdul Rafeeq told the Wanstead Guardian that he will rebuild the house to its original specifications. He faces legal action for the demolition in June.

Nightingale Primary School has been classed as “outstanding” by Ofsted, a dramatic turnaround for head teacher Liz Barrett since she arrived at the school in 1997. Work by the pupils is currently showing in Wanstead Library foyer.