I set off across the Mile End Park, a former, and current, pleasure garden, to look for Tredegar Square.
At several points around the park are gates with a distinctive emblem. These emblems mark the 471 playing fields, King George’s Fields, set up around the UK to commemorate the death of King George V in 1936 and held in Trust since then.
Lichfield Road is a quiet road in the middle of which is The Lord Tredegar, looking friendly and definitely inviting a return visit!
Tredegar Square, just a few minutes from the busy Mile End Road, is amazing, with lush, peaceful gardens in the central square. ‘..The houses were built in the 1830s, on land owned by Lord Tredegar, for properous merchants..’. Perhaps those who owned the warehouses which lined the busy Regent’s Canal nearby.
Coborn Road round the corner would easily fit into market town. The pub was built in the mid-1800s and named after Mrs Priscilla Coborn, whose name is also remembered in road names.
The Hertford Union Canal was built as a short cut between the Thames and the River Lee Navigation for trade, but was commercially a failure. Now it is a peaceful waterway beside Victoria Park, overlooked by new housing.
No.182 Grove Road, also known as the Driftway, was used as a children’s home by Dr Barnardo’s Charity between 1888 and 1911. Dr Thomas Barnardo and his wife lived in the area.
Haverfield Road brought me back to the Canal, and the end of the walk.
You may be interested in
Tredegar Square Conservation Area
The Virtual Victorian in Tredegar Square
Key Dates in the History of the Mile End Park
Mile End interesting facts & figures
A walking guide from Bow to the Olympic Park