London – Havering (Borough of) – Upminster – Clockhouse Gardens

Clockhouse Gardens are laid out on the former site of the moated property New Place, which was demolished in the early twentieth century. It’s possible to walk around the water which was once the moat and it’s a quiet and peaceful area in what is now quite an urban environment. The site was used to grow vegetables for the war effort during the Second World War, but has now been returned to a park for use by the local community. It’s a bit hidden away, but is a rather beautiful area, although some people have complained about the number of rats which have found a home here. The site isn’t huge, around three acres, and there’s also a bowling green laid out at the site.