Linear Park: Plot Lines

Lucy Harrison and Matter Architecture

Linear Park, Grove Green ward

The concept is for a new piece of grass and wildflower landscape that traces the history of the site and the people who lived there. The pattern of the houses that previously existed will be recreated in lines of lavender, and the intervening spaces filled with wild flowers or other plants chosen by local residents, who are invited to become part of a friends’ group to shape the park’s planting and engage with its maintenance in the future.

The history of the site is being researched by Lucy along with the Leyton & Leytonstone Historical Society, local residents and other volunteers, and this will be developed into texts to be interpreted in the landscape on small plaques. The research so far is being collated into a map here:

Linear Park: Plot Lines House History Research day

Sunday 20 May, 10.30am - 4pm at Vestry House Museum

As part of our Making Places project ‘Linear Park: Plot Lines’ we are investigating the history of the houses that were previously on the site of the park (159 – 307 Grove Green Road), and others nearby that were demolished around the same time (Claremont Road, Fillebrook Road, Coleville Road).

We are looking for volunteers to help research these houses and the people who lived in them over the years. If you take part you will gain experience in researching house histories and receive an induction into using the resources at Vestry House Museum, which you can also use to research other houses you are interested in.

The workshop is free but places are limited.



Lucy Harrison is an artist working on projects exploring the connections between people, places and their histories. She often works collaboratively and her projects include events, installations, films and books.  Her project exploring the Warner Estate, in collaboration with Katherine Green, won the Waltham Forest Love Your Borough award in 2017.

Roland Karthaus is an architect and director of Matter Architecture, a new practice, but with a great breadth of experience.  Roland, who is a member of the RIBA Planning Advisory Group , teaches and researches part-time at the University of East London.