Putting the Londors family on the map

Following on from these posts, I’ve obtained copies of a couple of historical maps of the Redbridge / Barkingside  area, which provide a clearer sense of some of the places lived in by my Londors ancestors during the 19th century (and possibly before). If nothing else, these maps have made me understand why the order in which properties are listed varies between censuses. Rather than being in a line along a defined road, these farms and cottages were spread out around the countryside and the census clerks probably visited them in a different order each time.

On the above map (click on the image to enlarge), which comes from the  period 1805-1822, you can just see Shattmans (or Shackmans) Farm, a little to the north of Valentine’s Park, where my 3 x great grandparents John and Sarah Londors could be found in 1881. To the west is Stone Hall, and above that Red House, then Fern Hall and St Swithin’s Farm.

The 1882 map below (again, clicking on it will bring up a larger image) shows the Red House pub , the Old Red House, and Red Bridge Cottage, to the west along Redbridge Lane from Shackmans Farm. Up the lane (identical with modern Roding Lane South) is Fernhall, and further north we find Carswell, owned by members of the Hatton family, and next to it Carswell Cottage, the home of successive generations of the Londors family. Not far away is St. Swithin’s Farm (roughly where the local branch of the PDSA is today), and then eastwards along Woodford Road is Clayhall, ancestral home of the Hattons (and now Clayhall Park). The road running south-east from here includes the Beehive pub (at the bottom middle of the map), so I assume it’s identical with today’s Beehive Lane.

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