Sewardstone Road, Chingford E4

Tel: 020 8529 0367

Sewardstone Road, Chingford E4 7RG

Tel: 020 8529 0367

Northfields Nursery

Sewardstone Road
E4 7RG

Tel: 020 8529 0367


Opening Times

Mon. to Sun.
9am to 5pm

Our History In Pictures

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    Hannah Nursery c1950
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    Northfield Nursery c1960 before rebuilding during the early 1960s
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    Northfield Nursery rebuilt during the early 1960s with Four Acres Nursery to the left c1965
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    First garden centre built on former Northcroft Nursery early 1970s. This glasshouse is still in use today
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    Sales counter Spring 1976 just before the long hot summer that year
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    Outside sales area Spring 1976
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    Outside sales area 2000
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    Last crop of tomatoes for wholesale markets late 1970s
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    Primrose and fuchsia plants late 1970s
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    Potting on fuchsia cuttings early 1980s
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    Chrysanthemums for cut flowers 1980s
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    ‘Pricking Out’ bedding plant seedlings early 1980s
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    ‘Pricking Out’ bedding plant seedlings by transplanter 2009
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    Watering box bedding plants early 1980s
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    The first phase of replacing 1960s and 1970s wooden glasshouses with aluminium glasshouses Summer 1988
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    Preparing foundations for the new glasshouses Summer 1988
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    New glasshouses begin to take shape Autumn 1988
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    Installation of heating systems and floors Autumn 1988
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    Completed glasshouses the following year 1989
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    The first plants to be grown in the new glasshouses Spring 1989
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    Four Acres Nursery shortly after purchase in 1989 – then in a derelict condition
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    Same view across former Four Acres Nursery in 2012
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    Nursery 2008

The nursery we operate from today was, prior to 1970, four separate nurseries with different owners.  These were Northfield, Northcroft, Four Acres and Hannah nurseries.  On entering our main gate Hannah Nursery is to the right, and then driving left to our car park was Four Acres Nursery.  Northfield Nursery comes next and then finally Northcroft Nursery.

Northcroft Nursery was the oldest of the four nurseries and is listed in Kelly’s Directory of 1922.  Northfield, Four Acres and Hannah were originally fields of the same name becoming nursery sites around the mid 1920s.  Northcroft has sold plants direct to the public off the nursery since before the Second World War.  During the 1950s and 1960s at weekends this was also from a stall by the main road.

All the nurseries were badly damaged and had to be rebuilt or repaired when a V1 (Doodlebug) fell close by on 28 June 1944.

In the late 1960s, Northfield started selling bedding plants direct to the public from the nursery.  This trade blossomed to such an extent that neighbouring Northcroft Nursery was purchased, combining the sales of plants off both nurseries from a new glasshouse that still exists today.

Part of Hannah Nursery and all of Four Acres Nursery were purchased in the late 1980s.  Both nurseries were then in a derelict state and priority was the clearance of the glasshouses.  During the late 1980s and through the 1990s all wooden glasshouses on the site were replaced with aluminium glasshouses.