Hainault Forest Website

Written and Designed by Brian Ecott


Small pedestal table belonging to a private collector. The inscription on the column states " Warranted the Celebrated Fairlop Oak". Made by B.Oldacre.

Photo A.G.Credland.


  Height 359mm (15 inches)

Photo of exhibit at Valence House Museum, Dagenham.

With thanks to Valence House Museum

TEA CADDY made from The Fairlop Oak.

 (From the Essex Field Club Collection). Date c.1820

A small box inscribed "A gift of Mr Peel to Mr Hemingway 1834.

Cut out of the old Oak."  Photo: Courtesy of Redbridge Museum.

Mr Hemingway could possibly be the singer that accompanied the Fairlop Frigate to the Fairlop Fair. His name appears on the song sheets distributed at the time.

 Hainault Forest Golf Course spoon with the handle enlarged

The Harvey Family were champion golfers at Hainault and in Essex. The cup shows that Bill Harvey won the championship in 1951 and above is a Hainault Forest Golf Course spoon with the handle enlarged. These were just a couple of items in the late Lottie Harvey's glass cabinet.

A present from Hainault Forest. This souvenir cup, possibly dating from the opening of the forest, was dredged from a pond on Banks Farm, Lambourne End.There were many tea rooms in the area. Privately owned. Sarah White found a pint glass which had lain in the forest at Lambourne for over 30 years, The engraving on the side was photographed by Peter Comber. The drawing of the beehive shows it to have come from The Beehive Public House which is now called The Camelot - a Miller and Carter Pub. Henry Cocks and his wife Olive were the publicans there for many years. The pub changed its name in the nineteen seventies.

Park Staff uniform items

1138 LCC Cap badge with split pin worn by John Lebeau.

319 LCC Cap Badge with split pin worn by Frederick Reeves. With thanks to Evelyn Lever (daughter)

LCC Split pin Coat button

Made by H. Lotery & Co. London, as worn by John Lebeau,

GLC WARRANT BOOK - A certificate of Authority to enforce the Byelaws carried by John Lebeau and all keepers all Keepers

"The Metropolitan" LCC whistle,

J.Hudson & Co. Barr St., Hockley, Birmingham, as worn by John Lebeau

LCC whistle as worn by Frederick Reeves. There are no manufacturers markings. With thanks to Evelyn Lever (daughter).

Above left: GLC HEAD KEEPER Lapel badges worn by John Lebeau.

 Above right: GLC Cap badge as worn by all other categories of keeper.

With thanks to Vic George.

GLC Dog Handlers Jacket and cap badge as worn by Vic George

Screw cap  earthenware bottle engraved around the top rim MACARTHY ROMFORD  and with a seal stamped on the lower side with BOURNE 4 DENBY

Found in a garden in Foxburrows Cottages, Hainault.

Joseph BOURNE and son, of DENBY, near Derby produced salt glazed and stoneware bottles between 1809 and 1900. Those with a lip held ink, but others like the above were used for medicines, ale, mineral water and ginger beer. At a height of about 8 inches the bottle would have had a screw cap.

Tea plate souvenir of 125th anniversary of the foundation of All Saints, Chigwell Row 1867 - 1992  Size approx 15.5 cm.




Hospital Chapel,  Ilford. Pillbox.

850th anniversary souvenir.

7.5 cm diameter, 4.5 cm height




A horrible red syrupy medicine was dispensed in these bottles in the doctors surgery in 1940-1950's when you has a chesty cough.

Photo Brian Ecott

Half pint milk bottle with wide mouth which I remember during WW2 war years. Foil caps were not available at this time and a cardboard insert was used similar to the one above.

Photo Raymond Small


Far left the thick glass bottle stood at six  inches (15 cms) tall.

Photo Raymond Small.


Centre picture shows part of the feint etching on the bottle. The full inscription is as follows:

Cowslip Farm Dairy





Shrewsbury Road E7

Photo Brian Ecott

My childhood memories of colds and flu in the forties and fifties was horrible red medicines for colds and chest problems and the smell of eucalyptus oil or Vick on my pillow or vest. The first chemist in New North Road Hainault was Wathens (8 Station Parade) followed by Mr Hooker (208 New North Road) same place but renumbered. Dr Gilchrist was the doctor at 2 Fencepiece Road while Dr A. Findlay was away on War Service.