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Known as Little Wrightsbridge.
On 3rd October 1754 it was mortgaged to Mr. John Powtrill by Joseph Suckling;
(James Nephew) and his wife Mary, for the sum of £75; the place
was apparently a Public house by then for it was known by the sign of
"The Angel", The tenant at that time was a Mr. Simon How. On
the back of this mortgage however it says. Be it remembered whereas Ezakial
Murrel of Upminster in the County of Essex, Yeoman has agreed with the
within named Joseph Suckling for the absolute purchase of the freehold
and inheritance, Signed in 1762. He apparently paid the £35 to Richard
Wright which was owed in principal and interest by Joseph Suckling. This
sale was completed on March 16th 1762 for the sum of £150.
Mr. John Catnick and his trustee sold it to George Williams on 31st July 1799. It was sold on 14th April 1814 by the Executors of Mr. Gorge Williams (deceased) to whit Thomas Bridge of Buttsbury, a farmer, Thomas Mansfield the elder of Ongar Park, Chipping Ongar a farmer and James William Porter of Writtle, a merchant: to Thomas Williams of Chipping Ongar, a brewer, for £400. He along with his trustee, Mr. Robert Evatt of Chelmsford, sold it to Thomas Davis of Old St, in London for £742: 10s. Roger Reed was the sitting tenant at this time.
On 23rd September 1818 it came into the hands of Sir Thomas Neave of Dagnam Park, and his trustee, Mr. Wasey Sterry of Romford, for the sum of £392: 10s. He converted it back into two cottages and added it to Hill Farm, which was sold in the 1919 sale to Matthew Watt. At that time Messrs. R. Watt and sons were the tenants of one of the cottages and Mr. E.W. Padfield was the tenant of the other cottage.
It's just a pity that the Angels was destroyed before he left.
All taken from E Herbert's Lingham updated
My recollections of Angel Cottages and Billy Ovall
I have some clear personal recollections of the Angels Cottages going
back to the late fifties.
Stuart's parents lived in Wrightsbridge on the corner and Stuart and his young family lived in the first house on the right, before Ashton's pile. Stuart's father revelled in being called the Squire but his mother seemed much more modest to me and did voluntary work delivering meals on wheels. Stuart's father was not a farmer but something in the city, Walt Disney Corp, I think. He was retired by the time I worked there.
The land backed on to the Angels and on one occasion whilst skiving off
work and walking along by the brook I came across Billy doing his washing
in the brook. Which went some way to explain why his washing hanging on
the line always appeared a rather dirty shade of grey.
I recall on one occasion being told that he was "laying a hedge" in the fields behind the cottage between Dagnams walled garden and Weald brook. I went to have a look and for the first time saw a section of expertly laid hedge, he was obviously a skilled farm hand.
The Ovalls' Headstone, photo Don Tait
I am unsure of the present status of what was Havering's oldest listed building. Boundary changes in the 1990's meant that the Angel went from Havering into Brentwood, this was a result of the historic boundary line of Weald Brook being replaced by the M25 motorway. Considering the nature of the M25 it seems a reasonable move.
Del Smith. Jan 2012
And when you thought it couldn't possibly get any worse.
The Google aerial view from about 2012
Four pictures (three below and one opposite) of the interior taken in about 1979 after all the lathes and plaster had been stripped away.
Two pictures below taken from the Wrightsbridge Road
in the early 1970's
This description is taken from the Victoria County History published in 1921......" It is of two storeys, timber-framed and plastered; the roofs are tiled. It was built early in the 16th century, and originally had a central Hall with a gabled cross-wing at the N. and S. ends; the S. wing has been destroyed. On the W. front the upper storey of the cross-wing projects on exposed joists and curved brackets. The N. chimney-stack has two 17th-century shafts set diagonally. Inside the building, the Hall-block has an original cambered tie-beam with a small king-post on a stepped base"
The next two pictures, front view first, were taken in the 1980's after the "renovation" I am not an expert but it seems to me that it bears very little resemblance whatsoever to the original pair of cottages, it is in fact a complete demolition, all that remains is some of the original timber structure, all concealed internally.
Len Saxby moved out in 1981 leaving the Angel Cottages changed for ever, or as the Recorder put it "restored to its full glory" Sadly that wasn't the case, aided and abetted by the local planning authority good old Len destroyed Angel Cottage.
I doubt Billy Ovall or his sister would have even found their way around the monstrosity. I would love to hear a justification from a Havering planning officer, past or present, drop me an email, I'll put it on. ....... Del Smith
Below a cutting from the Romford Recorder in 1981.
The Old Angel and Wrightsbridge from a 26" Ordnance Survey map 1881