This is one of a series of posts exploring some of the more obscure parts of London and their past. Some of the photographs will appear in my 2022 calendar which will shortly be on sale. Click here for more information and check back to see when the calendar is available.
Wick Wood didn’t really exist thirty or so years ago. It was planted as part of the building of the M11 extension – the usual bit of greenwashing.
Before that it was open land, some it marshy. During the second world war gun emplacements were located here to defend London and the nearby docks. Now it is a relatively tranquil place and it is quite a thought that once the space was heavy with the sound of gunfire, the smell of hot metal and the grim determination of the gunners to carry out their deadly tasks.