On Saturday 9th November 2019 Local Historians Peter Williams and Dr Mark Gorman gave a wonderful talk on the geographically and psychologically peripheral space that is Wanstead Flats. The flats have been an area where activities not acceptable within the urban environment have taken place. Their talk covers the history of dissenting individuals and groups motivated by political and religious aims. It is fascinating and well worth listening to. Click here to listen to Peter and Mark on Religion and Revolt on Wanstead Flats.
Saturday 9th November 2019
On the Edge – Religions and Radicals on Wanstead Flats Speakers: Peter Williams and Dr Mark Gorman
Local historians Mark & Peter will take us on a fascinating journey through the history of the flats, showing how this semi-regulated space became the base for the free expression of ideas, whether religious or political, at the end of the 19th century. Some notable local characters from Leytonstone stand out. Bushwood, it turns out, was our local Speakers’ Corner. The talk will also discuss how the Conservators, the City of London Corporation, sought to exercise control & some of the court cases that ensued.