Fairlop Road, E11

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It is thought to be a literal reference to an annual fair that was held near an old oak tree from the 18thCentury near here. The lop refers to the pruning of the tree’s branches.¬†Norman Gunby in A Potted History of Ilford writes that the name first appeared in 1738 when the fair, “which grew from the annual outing and bean-feast established by Daniel Day of Wapping was already well established. A lop is a lopped tree or part thereof. The ancient and immense Fairlop Oak was blown down in 1820 after having been damaged previously by fire and storm.”

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