South Lodge Dagnams.

This lodge house was sited on the west side of of what is now Petersfield Avenue at the junction of the A12. It was demolished in the early 1970s. There is still a Yew tree standing on the ground that was once the garden, shown here to the right of the house. There was a similar house, the North Lodge at the opposite end of the Dagnams Estate in the then Wrightsbridge Rd, now known as Lower Noak Close. That one was occupied until 1964 and demolished in 1965 when the very last residents of Dagnam Park left.

Photo below apx 1968 and the one below that the 50s and below that maybe late 40s.

Don Tait reports that "Being pushed along in the small pram by her mum is Linda Curson, they were photographed on their way home after visiting the stores at Harold Court which was on the opposite side of the A12"

The Lodge house was compulsorily purchased along with the rest of the Neave estate in 1946. It then belonged at first to the LCC but the ownership was transferred with the rest of Harold Hill when the LCC was transformed into the newly formed Greater London Council (GLC) in 1965. By the very early seventies the last tenant had left and it was not deemed to be a viable proposition to bring it up to modern standards and it was demolished.

The council housing maintenance for Harold Hill was carried out mainly from the Dewsbury Rd depot. There were subsidiary depots in Petersfield Avenue and Dorking Rd. but by 1970 they were mainly unmanned and used by staff for their toilets, a bit of storage and mainly for rubbish disposal. In the Dewsbury Rd. depot Bill Young was the foreman's clerk, Eddie Edwards was the foreman and Ted Blake "Blakey" was the top man. They all worked there for many years. Bill was the man who locked up the north lodge for the very last time, but he never threw away the key, he kept it, and he still has it. He sent me the photo below in 2015. Such unimagined fame, well done Bill.

Del Smith

The Engraving and text below were taken from The Essex Countryside magazine, I know no more than that.

(It's interesting in that it shows the elaborate gates to the chase)

The work of James Pollard (1792-1867) holds unique position as a leading English painter of sporting occasions and specially of coaching scenes. His original paintings fetch very high prices at auction today, but these provided engravers and printers with many lively subjects of sporting events, and those of his famous Royal mail coaches are of special interest to collectors.
His family came to London from Newcastle-on-Tyne and his father set up a printing business called Robert Pollard & Son. He brought up his family in the area and James who was the youngest son of six children was born at Islington Spa. Thomas Bewick, the famous wood-engraver was a Newcastle friend of the family and fired Robert Pollard's interest in engraving; also, when young James began to draw and paint, his father asked Bewick to look at the boy's work. This was a great encouragement to the lad and he began to assist his father in the business with engraving. He started serious painting however in 1813, and by 1816 he had taken to etching in which he began to earn a living. By 1820 he decided to concentrate on his paintings using mostly oils in which he became so interested that in the 1830s he ceased to paint any more in colours.                     

The London-Norwich mail coach at the gates of Dagenham. (sic) Signed J. Pollard. Photograph by courtesy of 0scar & Peter Johnson Ltd., Lowndes Lodge GalleryLondon, SW1.