Wynford Road Green is another of the fields which were once part of Chapel Farm, like Fairy Hill Park. And way back in the Middles Ages this area was a forest and in the Great Park of Eltham Palace.
Today’s Coldharbour Leisure Centre is on the site of Chapel Farm farmhouse and the surrounding sports grounds and green spaces were fields on the farm.
Green Lane to the east and Court Road to the west of the farm both lead to the centre of Eltham where the Chapel Farm Dairy was an outlet for farm produce.
The farm had a football ground and one field close to the farmhouse was home to the Chapel Farm Cricket Club where W G Grace played his final match on 25 July 1914!
The River Quaggy is a complicated little stream, with lots of tributaries and several names as well. Under the line of concrete in the photograph below is the Little Quaggy which is also culverted in Fairy Hill Park and finally emerges into The Tarn. Paul Browning has traced the course of this tributary1.
The QWAG2 has been instrumental in opening up the river in Chinbrook Meadows and Sutcliffe Park. Perhaps they will be able to turn their attention to this little tributary at some point.
Wynford Road Green doesn’t appear to be a sports field and it doesn’t look like a countryside field either. I wonder if it has to be quite so bleak?
[…] Wynford Road Green is on the south west of the Coldharbour Leisure Centre playing fields. […]