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Having a joint interest in photography and things around me, this site seems a perfect nesting area for me. Living on the outskirts of London, fat, in my fifties, falling to pieces rapidly, this might be one of my lasting legacies to the world. Aplogies for the rather grey outlook to some of my gallery, but it is the price you pay for living here. Thank heavens for the slide show which shows pics in their true worth. My photos are here to give an idea and a piece of history to viewers of GE of the area. Likes : Living life to the full rather than just going through it, enjoying the world and all it has to give. Hates: cheats, liars, and anyone that can't be civil. If anyone can tell me what a widget API count is, I'd be grateful. Please people, keep your finger of the HDR button. It doesn't make one an arrtist. If you want to be an artist, pick up a paint brush or pallette knife. Artistic photography is achieved with the use of shutter speeds, light, angles and the like. not that damned button. Well, that's my view anyway.

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OK Roby! Ciao,Adele

That looks like a great place to visit,and very well captured :)

lizab ~ Thank you very much ~ Best wishes ~ nick

Snaresbrook Crown Court. The building was originally constructed as the "Infant Orphan Asylum" on the instigation of a Congregationalist Minister, Andrew Reed, to provide help and protection for middle-class fatherless children without adequate means of support. When the foundation stone was laid in 1841, Prince Albert performed the deed and the event attracted all the great and the good from Victorian society. The architect was Sir Gilbert Scott and the building was completed and opened in 1843, again by Royalty, in this case King Leopold of the Belgians. The asylum housed up to 600 children who had to be elected for admission by voters, a procedure that continued until 1947. The asylum was later renamed the Royal Wanstead School and became a grammar school after the 1944 Education Act. However dwindling school numbers and a lack of funding eventually forced its closure in 1971. The building was subsequently taken over by Her Majesty's Court Service and today is Europe's busiest court, handling in excess of 7,000 cases a year.

Thank you Bram. There is a lot of interesting history here - apparently the building was built in the middle of the river to escape tax from the authorities on either side. Thanks for the L&F. Regards Derek

It looks as if this fabulous picture was taken in the area that I knew as 'The Links' just off of Chingford Lane within a few hundred Yards of road junction at the top of The Avenue, Highams Park, London E4.

Am I right?

I am not really sure if it was formally known as "The Links" - there was not a marked out golf course there though sometimes folk would play/practice in the 1950s and early 60s.

There were a few bridleways marked by posts.

It was a great place to play football - with jumpers as goal posts - which we did for hours on end until it was too dark to see the ball or there was only just enough energy left to get us back home to the nearby suburban estates - I lived about 15 minutes walk away in Richmond Avenue, Highams Park, London E4.

I suggest to aid finds the picture is retitled with something like "The Blasted Oak, close to Chingford Hatch, London E4.

Thanks for posting.

I am reliving my childhood yet living as a recluse!

Ah - 'The Lake' was a fine location for any number of childhood games and it did get scary as the sun set!

gianluigi bonomini

Thank you for your kind comments and like 10 Gian.

Greetings, Rosa.

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