Local farmer John Fulwell held land here on lease from Barking Abbey from at least the mid-15thCentury. He appears in abbey rental records, dating to 1456, as being in possession of one messuage (land and buildings) and two virgates (approximately 70 acres) at Fulwell and Hegmans, one cottage formerly in the possession of William Hogge at Sparkeswode, and a further five acres at Highland. AD Mills in A Dictionary of London Place Names says that Fullwell Cross, the nearby crossroads, was named from Folewell in 1332, and comes from Old English meaning foul spring. It appears as Fulwellhacch in 1456, Fulwellhache in 1530, and Fulwell Hatch in 1883, hatch coming from the Middle English meaning gate, in this case to Hainault Forest. As was common, the family could have taken their name from the area. This street was laid out after 1898.
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