Autumn, 1984: last days . . . . .

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These pictures and notes by courtesy of Mark McManus

colinx.JPG (63599 bytes)  "Colin", Crest Avenue; seriously damaged by fire in the autumn of 1983, owned by the Cakebread family of Canning Town.  Their relatives, the Howsons, owned "Rose Ville" at the junction of Margaret Avenue and Beech Hall Gardens.

hawthornx.JPG (55374 bytes)  "Hawthorn", Hillcrest Avenue;  owned by the Burke family until 1983, when it became a home for the wardens of The Haven Plotland Museum.  It fell out of use following the construction of the visitors' centre and was demolished in 1999.

hibellx.JPG (77567 bytes)  A shack in Arcadian Gardens, only a few months after dereliction, used by the Hibell family of Limehouse.

chook-a-berryx.JPG (80839 bytes)  "Chook-A-Berry", Western Avenue;  occupied by the Bletch family until its destruction in late 1984.

grangewoodx.JPG (70709 bytes)  "Grangewood", Beech hall gardens; occupied by the Hayball family until late 1984.

beech hallx.JPG (94953 bytes)  Beech Hall Gardens, showing one of the thin paths built by the plotlanders for their shopping trolleys.  "Grangewood" is on the left.

glencrestx.JPG (64331 bytes)  "Glencrest" at the junction of Glenwood Gardens and Crest Avenue.  A holiday home at the time of its demolition in summer 1984, it was once a home to the Hinchcliff family (electoral register, 1964).  Its nameplate is an exhibit in the plotland museum.

thorngrovex.JPG (112887 bytes)  "Thorngrove", First Avenue;  occupied by the Thompson family until 1992.  Its remains are still highly visible.

anthelenx.JPG (129641 bytes)  Overgrown by scrub, a derelict shack to the rear of the remains of "Anthelen", Fourth Avenue, owned by a Mr Anthony of North London.

hightreesx.JPG (72091 bytes)  "High Trees" and "Four Elms", Hillcrest Avenue;  the overgrown patch in the garden is the remains of an air-raid shelter; used by the Joyner family until 1985.

rosemaryx.JPG (81959 bytes)  The derelict "Rosemary", Highland Gardens;  despite its diminutive size, it was once a residence for the Wallace family (electoral register, 1964); collapsed in 1985.

viewgrandx.JPG (46626 bytes)  "Viewgrand", Hillcrest Avenue;  destroyed in 1985, the small chimney is still visible on the site;  not "Iona" as the leaflet for the plotland trail suggests!

ionax.JPG (46445 bytes)  "Iona", Hillcrest Avenue; owned by a local man, demolished in summer, 1984.  The nameplate can be viewed at the museum.

everestx.JPG (47478 bytes)  "Everest", First Avenue;  originally a shop, it was home to the Elliott family until demolition in 1985.

maplex.JPG (55115 bytes)  "Maple Leaf", Berry Drive; originally home to the Seeley family (electoral register 1949), later to Ernest South.  His neighbour at "Ruby", whom he mysteriously called Ada, was actually named Rose Frasi.  "Maple Leaf" was demolished in summer, 1984, but its nameplate survives in the plotland museum.