Highams Park Forum
Seen locally (2011 - 2008)
Following the planned closure of the Forum at the end of 2019 this website is now mothballed. It will not be updated further but remains as an interesting archive and can be browsed as normal. All Forum functions have transferred to the Highams Park Planning Group. Click here for details
Seen locally (2011 - 2008)
23rd July 2011 - Tesco's site - demolition proceeds apace
Tesco's site demolition proceeds apace as the buildings close to Larkshall Road are being demolished. It will soon be possible for an uninterrupted view of Larkshall Road to be seen from Selwyn Avenue houses.
18th July 2011 - Rain Water Pipes?
The Waltham Forest Pipe Band marched in torrential rain from Highams Park station to Vincent Green to open Highams Park Day 2011 on Saturday (16th July). A group of hardy locals with umbrellas marched along with them to give support.
9th June 2011 - Water Lilies on the Lake
As June begins, some spectacular Water Lilies appear on Highams Park Lake.
25th March 2011 - Sunrise & Sunset over Highams Park
Impressive colours in the sky at sunrise and sunset. People often photograph sunrises and sunsets when they are on holiday in exotic countries. However, this pair of photos proves we can sometimes be treated to a stunning show closer to home.
8th December 2010 - Father Christmas at the station
Father Christmas visited the Xmas Fayre that was held in Highams Park Station car park on Sunday (5th Dec). There were no reindeer in sight so we assume he uses the train whilst in London.
4th December 2010 - Battle of Britain on Ice?
At first sight the title looks like it might refer to some kind of surreal event worthy of the film "The Producers". In reality it refers to the two photos below, taken on the same day a week ago and sent in by "Mr Teatime".
6th November 2010 - Blue Sky Thinking
Prompted by the rainbow picture further down this page, "Mr Teatime" sent in a photo of a rainbow over Highams Park taken in the summer. And just to prove that it's not always raining here, he accompanied it with a photo of a stunning blue sky taken at the same location at the end of October.
14th October 2010 - Development rises at last
The development on the corner of Handsworth Avenue and Church Avenue is starting to make itself visible. This was the site of the Methodist Church and Hall. There was initially a long delay before work started and then a lot of the initial work was below ground. When planning permission was sought by the developer, the Forum commented to the planning committee that it felt the proposal was too high and would dominate the location. The developer felt that the slope of the road would compensate. We shall soon see.
17th September 2010 - Rainbow and new generation Bus
David Shepherd snapped this pair of photos with his phone. The first is of a rather nice rainbow over Highams Park during the heavy rain on the 7th September. The second is of a new style double decker bus which has been recently introduced on route 212 (seen here in Winchester Road on its way to Chingford Station). Apparently its called an "SD series" bus. So now you can impress your friends with your encyclopedic knowledge!
6th September 2010 - Stargate in The Avenue?
If you've not seen the film or TV series, you'll be puzzled by the picture's title. They've been pretty clever disguising the portal as a coil of gas pipe.
6th June 2010 - New tube trains at Walthamstow Central
David Shepherd snapped a picture of a new design tube train at Walthamstow Central.
24th May 2010 - Old photo of the prefabs in The Highams Park
Observant visitors to the park next to Highams Park Lake (confusingly named "The Highams Park") might be puzzled by a few of its strange looking features:
28th March 2010 - Aerial photos taken 2008/9
We stumbled across some interesting aerial photos of the area on the website of Highams Park School. The photos were taken by a helicopter which had been commissioned to record the building of the new sports hall and teaching block but they also show much of the surrounding area too.
30th January 2010 - Hale End Cottages circa 1905
The picture below is from the rear of a postcard which is postmarked 27th October 1905. It was kindly sent to us by a reader of this website in South Australia who found it when having a clear out. The original photo was in black and white but was obviously hand tinted to add the colour before being printed as a postcard. The exact date of the photo is unknown but is presumably just a little before the 1905 postmark. The photo shows the familiar triangular junction where Hale End Road is joined by Oak Hill (the current location of The Royal Oak Pub).
30th October 2009 - Demonstration against proposed Tesco development
Around 130 people assembled at lunchtime in Jubilee Avenue on Friday 30th October 2009 to demonstrate against the proposed Tesco development at that location. Tesco's plans for a large store plus dense housing was narrowly approved by LBWF planning committee on 13th October. The proposal now needs the approval of London Mayor Boris Johnson and the Government office for London. MP Iain Duncan Smith attended and addressed the demonstrators. He explained that he too was against the development and was doing all he could to lobby the decision makers.
Then and Now - Highams Park Station in 1948 and 2009
Highams Park Station featured in the 1948 film "The Winslow Boy". Malcolm Shykles captured a still from that film and then photographed the modern station from the same position. The two photos are below. When looking at them, try to ignore the footbridge which was rebuilt further down the platform sometime in the intervening years.
26th July 2009 - The Mulberry Tree damaged by wind
Back in July 2008, an eagle-eyed contributor spotted this unusual Mulberry Tree growing on the land where the new Tesco is proposed to be built. Given its size it must have been there for many years but most residents were surprised by its existence. In the latest version of the plans for the Tesco development, Tesco have included a square named after it ("Mulberry Green") and propose moving the tree to that green.
Then and Now - The Level Crossing in 1911 and 2009
Here are two pictures taken from (almost) the same location nearly 100 years apart. Malcolm Shykles sought to create a modern view of the historic 1911 photo. Malcolm took his picture from upstairs in the Signal Box. The Signal Box was not built until 1925 so the original photo must have been taken from an upstairs window above one of the shops in Hale End Road (probably number 507). In 1911 a (smaller) Signal Box was in use, located next to the station, and this can been seen in the older photo. It's close to the current location of The Village Florist flower shop.
June 2009 - The Level Crossing in the late evening - Without Cars!
Here are two dramatic pictures of the level crossing taken on a late June evening by Malcolm Shykles. Due to some local road works he was able to capture the scene without any vehicles. To create the panorama effect, each scene actually comprises two photos joined together using Panorama Maker 3.
16 June 2009 - Storm rains uproot trees and test the bridge
The very heavy rains during the evening of 15th June 2009 temporarily raised the level of the River Ching beside the lake and uprooted trees. This was the scene the afternoon of the day after. Broken boughs have been swept against the bridge over the river (next to the lake). Looking at the "tide mark" it suggests that at one point the river level was over the bridge floor. It's surprising it wasn't washed away. Full credit to its builders for "screwing it down" so well.
24 April 2009 - Piling has started on the Handsworth Ave/Church Ave site
Development (of a block of luxury flats) has now commenced on the site of the former Methodist Church. The tall yellow piling derrick is visible from much of Highams Park.
24 April 2009 - Handsworth Avenue looking down towards Hale End Road
20mph limit needed here?
Final crowds at Walthamstow Stadium
This picture was taken Saturday 26th July 2008. With the closure of the Stadium imminent it appears large numbers of residents turned out for a final flutter.
What's this growing in the garden?
A contributor found this growing in his garden. Apparently it's called The Apple of Peru and is a close relative of Henbane, the plant Crippin used to poison his wife!
According to Wikipedia: In 2008 celebrity chef Antony Worrall Thompson recommended Henbane as a "tasty addition to salads" in the August 2008 issue of Healthy and Organic Living magazine. He subsequently said he made an error, confusing the herb with Fat Hen. He apologised, and the magazine sent subscribers an urgent message stating that Henbane "is a very toxic plant and should never be eaten".
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