Gwillim Close, DA15

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Named after Thomas Walter Gwillim, a former Woolwich newsagent who bought land in Blackfen from money his father had left him. In 1927 he wanted to build a large housing development on the north side of Blackfen Road but was refused planning permission because of access and drainage issues. Instead he built a row of just seven houses in Blackfen Road, moving into one which he called Gwenlliant (after his sister), and this is the only one which survives, incorporated into the 1930s Wellington Parade.

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