Osborne Road, E7

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This like all the streets on the Woodgrange Estate are named after royal residences. Osborne House on the Isle of Wight was used by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert (1846 – 1901). Queen Victoria died there on January 22, 1901. It was bequeathed to her successor King Edward VII, who gave it to the nation later that year. In the late 1870s Thomas Corbett, a Scottish businessman who had moved to London, bought 110 acres of market garden land just to the east of Forest Gate train station in what was then Essex. The land was part of Wood Grange farm which cultivated peas, parsnips and rhubarb. Work on the new 700 property housing estate began in 1877, with Thomas aided by his son Archibald.

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