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Epping Forest Then And Now by Winston G. Ramsey with Reginald L. Fowkes (1986 Battle of Britain Prints International). This is an outstanding book covering all areas in and bordering Epping Forest. A huge number of illustrations are interwoven with quotations from contemporary reports ordered historically for each area, so as to tell its own story.

The Victoria County History of Essex Volume VI (1973 University of London). One volume in a set gradually put together by researchers over many years. Strong on detail especially specific dates, numbers and places but little illustration. Certainly readable but very much a reference work.

The Story of Wanstead Park by Oliver S.Dawson (1894. Reprinted by Thomas Hood Memorial Press 1995). A major source of material for other writers on this subject. Extensively researched.

Wanstead Through The Ages by Winifred Eastment (1946 Several reprints by Dawn Press). Written by a leading member of Wanstead Historical Society. Comprehensive coverage.

Wanstead Park by William Addison (19?? Corporation of London). A brief look at the history with some interesting illustrations, particularly one of Wanstead House viewed from the left-hand side and giving an idea of depth which is missing from the usual head-on views.

The Story of Wanstead and Woodford by J.Elsden Tuffs (1962 limited edition published by author) Based closely on unpublished primary sources.

Tylney Hall by Thomas Hood (1834). This was written around 10 years after the destruction of the house. Thomas Hood was living in nearby Lake House at this time. This book may well be based on Wanstead House and give a unique insight into the lives and character of the actual people involved in the real-life drama.

Vitruvius Britannicus by Colen Campbell (1715). Written by the architect of Wanstead House, it extols the virtues of the neo-classical Palladian style which was about to take off in England. Some of the original plans for the house are included although not all of the works shown in them were eventually carried out.

Don Juan by Lord George Gordon Byron (1823). The infamous Wellesley-Pole puts in a quick cameo appearance in Canto XI where he is named along with Beau Brummel as examples of the ruling class pursued into exile by creditors.

A General Collection of the Best and Most Interesting Voyages & Travels in All Parts of the World by John Pinkerton (1808-14). Contains descriptions of the contents of Wanstead House including statues and painted ceilings.

Ordnance Survey maps, all editions.

Contemporary maps, drawings, paintings, journals etc.