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20 February, 2016 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Woodford Memorial Hall Front Hall


As part of Woodford Memorial Hall’s year-long heritage project, four rooms at the hall are to be named after people who lived in, or have been associated with Woodford. After an invitation to the public to nominate, the Trustees of the Hall have decided on this final list of candidates:-

  • Clement Attlee who lived In Woodford in the 1920s and 1930s and was Prime Minister from 1945-1950, and whose government created the NHS and the National Parks Act.
  • Revd Bob Birchnall, who was the Rector of St Mary’s Church in Woodford from 1964 to 1997, and was known for his inclusivity, humanity and compassion
  • Lt Daniel John Clack 1 Rifles who lived in Woodford all his life and was killed by Taliban enemy action in Helmand Province, Afghanistan on 12th August 2011 aged 24.
  • Sir Winston Churchill MP for Woodford for 40 years.  During this period he was also the Prime Minister of Great Britain during WW2 and from 1951 to 1955.
  • Reginald Fowkes, photographer and author of Woodford Then and Now who left an invaluable legacy of photographs of Woodford taken over a 50 year period.
  • Catherine Gladstone, wife of Prime Minister William Gladstone PM, who having acquired Woodford Hall in 1866 set it up as a convalescent home for disadvantaged women and children.  It was the only free convalescent home open at the time.
  • Wynne Ludlow, a talented artist in Woodford.  Many of her pictures were of flowers or scenes of Epping Forest. Wynne ran art classes in the Memorial Hall for many years.
  • Jean Morgans a long term resident of Woodford, Nursery Assistant at Snaresbrook College,  Trustee of the Memorial Hall, chair of the local Townswomen’s Guild, fund-raiser for Save the Children, the Manna Centre, and other charities.
  • Sir William Morris lived on the site of the Memorial Hall in Woodford between 1840 and 1847: founder of the Arts and Craft Movement, architect, writer, poet and social activist.
  • Sylvia Pankhurst, resident of Woodford for 30 years. Campaigner in the Suffragette movement, anti-fascism activist, socialist, writer and artist.  In WW1 her actions in setting up a factory and a restaurant in East London saved thousands of lives.
  • Sir John and Thomas Roberts. The Hall was donated to the Community by Sir John Roberts in memory of his brother Thomas.  Sir John Roberts was a resident of Woodford.  He was an entrepreneur and philanthropist and donated not only the Hall to Woodford but also the Jubilee Hospital and the Working Mens Club at Woodford Green
  • Dr Kathleen Whitfield  was a local GP for 30 years and actively promoted cohesion within the community, with her husband she raised large sums of money for Macmillan Cancer Support and the hospice at Whipps Cross Hospital.

Now it is up to the residents of Woodford to choose four from these twelve.  Voting will take place at The Memorial Hall at 209 High Road, South Woodford E18 2PA on the 20th February 2016 between 11 and 4pm. Postal votes will be accepted but must be received by 4pm that day.  The Hall will also be holding an exhibition of the history of the hall and its notable people on that day, with drama by local young people.

The Chair of the Hall Trustees, Revd Canon Ian Tarrant, says: “By naming the rooms in the building the Trustees want to help modern Woodford value and celebrate this building, and at the same time to honour people who have served Woodford in the past.”


20 February, 2016
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
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The Trustees of Woodford Memorial Hall


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