Named in honour of Sir Charles Herbert Bressey (January 3, 1874 – April 14, 1951), chief engineer for roads at the Ministry of Transport from 1921 to 1938 who carried out research on road planning and motorway design. However he has a strong local connection, he was born in Wanstead, to architect John Thomas Bressey and Elizabeth Bressey. He was educated at Forest School, Walthamstow, and in France and Germany, before starting work in his father’s practice in the City of London, becoming a partner in 1896. When his father retired, he succeeded him as surveyor to the Wanstead Urban District and continued the practice.
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