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Hall Lane

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Hall Lane, looking south, c 1911. Much of Upminster north of the railway line was part of the manor of Upminster Hall, owned by the Branfill family. Modern Upminster's development came after the Branfill family sold part of the estate to the developer W.P (Peter) Griggs who, from 1906, built the Upminster Garden Suburb of detached and semi-detached villas along Hall Lane and in new roads running from it, moving northwards, away from Upminster station. This photograph shows a steamroller busily engaged on Hall Lane close to the present junction with Ingrebourne Gardens.

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Hall Lane looking south. Some of the most prestigious houses in the garden suburb were located on Hall Lane, set in large plots around a third of an acre at prices ranging from £395 to£1,145. The spire of the original tin-roofed iron Methodist church, erected in 1910 not long before this photograph was taken, is visible beyond the last house.

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This junction with Ashburnham Gardens, looking north in the 1920s. Despite the progressive development of Hall Lane in the past twenty years, the view still has a pleasant rural aspect, closely in keeping with the garden suburb concept.

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The picturesque junction of Hall Lane and Bird Lane was regarded as a beauty spot and frequently photographed. A sizeable community lived in Bird Lane and worked at the nearby brick and tile works, known as Potkilns.

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A rural scene Hall Lane in the early years of the century. Upminster was a popular place for sightseers and day-trippers, many of who may have ventured along the shady Hall Lane.

By: Tony Benton

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