A housing estate constructed in the Edwardian style at Aldersbrook in Wanstead, East London. There is a small river in Newham and Redbridge called Alders Brook. It is named for the medieval Manor of Aldersbrook that was situated on the border between Redbridge and Newham. Historically Aldersbrook Manor fell within the London Borough of Redbridge, but it was always part of Little Ilford parish, which is parts of the London Borough of Newham.
Several locations were used by Mike Leigh in the 2010 film Another Year.
Because of the Wanstead Park and Wanstead Flats surrounding it, it is relatively undiscovered. This is an illusion, but one that’s easy to fall for since the setting seems as if it’s away from the metropolis. With Stratford just a 10-minute drive away, and Wanstead Station at 30-minutes away from Oxford Street, the journey is soon going to become even quicker due to the arrival of Cross Rail at Manor Park station. This area is a designated conservation area and the housing stock is predominantly Edwardian. Running and dog walking is a great way to get exercise in this community. Definitely more London than neighboring Wanstead, Aldersbrook feels like a middleclass bohemian district. Wanstead High Street is home to many wonderful eateries and independent shops, and most Aldersbrook residents love going out to enjoy them.
Aldersbrook’s manor house was destroyed in 1786 by the dynasty it owned, along with its surrounding farmlands, which were then sold to the Corporation of London as a cemetery, and auctioned for building plots from 1899. At the edges of the estate where detached houses are at the cost of £500 and have a view of Wanstead Park and Flats, the properties had to be relatively expensive in rule. While these were sold to professionals, the £300 semis on main streets and terraces were mostly occupied by consumers in the lower middle class, who rented rather than bought.