Cann Hall

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Cann Hall
Cann Hall Road.JPG
Houses on Cann Hall Road
Cann Hall is located in Greater London
Cann Hall
Cann Hall
Location within Greater London
Population13,799 (Cann Hall ward 2011)[1]
OS grid referenceTQ395875
London borough
Ceremonial countyGreater London
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townLONDON
Postcode districtE11
Dialling code020
UK Parliament
London Assembly
List of places
51°33′29″N 0°00′43″E / 51.558°N 0.012°E / 51.558; 0.012Coordinates: 51°33′29″N 0°00′43″E / 51.558°N 0.012°E / 51.558; 0.012

Cann Hall is a ward, and former civil parish, in the south of Leytonstone in the London Borough of Waltham Forest. It is north of Stratford and Forest Gate, east of Leyton, and west of Wanstead Flats, the southernmost tip of Epping Forest.


The Domesday Book of 1086 lists the landowner as Hugh de Montfort, Lord of Montfort-sur-Risle, whose family took possession of a great deal of land after the Norman conquest. His daughter Adela gave the holding to the canons of Holy Trinity, Aldgate in 1121, and it is likely that the later name of the manor is a contraction of "Canons Hall".

The priory at Holy Trinity retained Cann Hall until the Dissolution of the Monasteries by King Henry VIII in 1532. The only buildings attached to the farm at that time were two old barns and a little cottage, but nevertheless several petitions were made to the crown for ownership. Bought by one Nicholas Sympson, the manor then passed through a succession of short-lived ownerships until 1671, when it was sold to William Colegrave for £2750.

The Colegrave Arms pub, now converted to Cann Hall Mosque

The Colegrave family continued to hold Cann Hall as a country estate in the early 19th century. Its tenants were among those whose livestock was permitted to graze on the adjacent Wanstead Flats, which at the time belonged to The Crown. With others they fought against the buying up of the Flats by private landowners, but in 1851-2 they lost part of the Flats in a protracted legal battle (though later much of the land was saved for the public, and is now administered by the City of London Corporation).

By the 1860s the original cottage had become an enlarged residence with ornamental gardens situated to the south of Cann Hall Road, and the buildings north of the road were known as Cann Hall Farm. None of these buildings has survived. Most of the estate was sold for development in 1880–95, though the Colegraves retained part of it until 1900.

The area has become a built-up part of north-east London, consisting largely of late Victorian and early 20th century terraced housing. Some of the street names retain a link with the past: Colegrave Road, Selby Road, Manbey Street (all associated with the Colegrave family) - and halfway along Cann Hall Road is the Colegrave Arms pub which is now turning into a mosque.[2]

Cann Hall was anciently part of the parish of Wanstead. It was included in the area of the Leyton urban sanitary district. In 1894, the part of Wanstead parish in the newly formed Leyton Urban District was constituted a parish of its own, of 223 acres (0.90 km2). The population in 1901 was 22,232 and by 1951 it had dropped to 14,424. The parish was abolished in 1965.[3]


Cann Hall - Local Election Result 2018
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Sally Littlejohn 1,993 64.6
Labour Keith Rayner 1,971 63.9
Labour Patrick Edwards 1,958 63.5
Liberal Democrats Liz Phillips 726 23.5
Liberal Democrats Rupert Augistine Alexander 682 22.1
Liberal Democrats Faiz Faiz 574 18.6
Green Ami Amlani 434 14.1
Conservative Kathleen Berg 178 5.8
Conservative Philip Brimley 167 5.4
Conservative Muhammed Shaikh 167 5.4
TUSC Claire Rosa Laker-Mansfield 67 2.2
Turnout 33.89%
Majority 1,276
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing
Labour hold Swing

Transport and locale[edit]

Nearby places

The nearest London Underground station is Leytonstone on the Central line.

Nearest railway station


  1. ^ Census Information Scheme (2012). "2011 Census Ward Population Estimates". Greater London Authority. Retrieved 30 January 2013.
  2. ^ "Cann Hall Deen & Education Trust – Be Part of the Change".
  3. ^ Great Britain Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, Cann Hall. Retrieved 2008-07-30.

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