Wick Wood didn’t really exist thirty or so years ago. It was planted as part of the building of the M11 extension. 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.
London is a city of towns and villages, once separate from each other and with their own distinct character. And then there would have been the spaces in between; the fields, moorlands and forests almost unpopulated save for the occasional dwelling