Situated in the north-eastern part of the City, Plaistow is one of London’s hidden gems. With the large neighbouring areas of Stratford and West Ham, the district is away from the spotlight and is mostly dominated by large social housing estates. Although once considered a rundown area, Plaistow has benefited from a lot of regeneration in recent years and is defiantly a place to watch out for.
The district is part of the London Borough of Newham, and near Green Street and West Ham. Plaistow comprises most of the E13 postcode area in London and contains several council estates. A number of main roads pass through the area including A112, Prince Regent Lane (High Street, The Broadway) and the A124, also known as the Barking Road. In case you decide to move to the area, the good transport connections make it easier to hire a removal van and relocate safely and quickly. The area is home to the Boleyn Ground or Upton Park, which is the former home playground of West Ham F.C.
It is believed that the name of the suburb derives from Sir Hugh de Plaitz. In 1065, he married Phillippa de Mountifitchet, of the Mountifitchet Castle family, who at that time owned the area. It is she who named the location the Manor of Plaitz. The inner East London area was known for its crime history and was related to the legend of the infamous highwayman Dick Turpin. Plaistow was heavily damaged during the Blitz.
From being a place with notorious reputation, Plaistow has become a relatively quiet suburb with predominantly residential character. The area was part of a government programme designed to improve community safety, educational attainment and unemployment in places of severe need. As one of the 2012 Olympics areas, the district has received a sufficient economic boost. In addition, Plaistow has also received a number of lottery grants. One of the largest redevelopments includes the Memorial Community Church in Barking Road. Plaistow South was one of the fifty areas in the UK to receive a share from a Big Lottery Scheme grant in 2012 and it was awarded £1M to invest in locally-designed projects to improve the district. If you are wondering where to take your moving van, this may just be the place.
Architecture and Property
If you are planning house removals and looking for an affordable property in a great location, then you should definitely check out Plaistow. The suburb has mainly Victorian terraced houses and modern apartment blocks. The average property price is sufficiently lower than in other East London areas such as Two Hamlets and will make you hire a man with van team right away. Plaistow appeals to families and young professionals, who want to work in the city of London, but don’t want to pay high premiums associated with moving house near big business hubs.
Plaistow has one of the most diverse communities, comprising mostly people of Indian, Pakistani and Bangladeshi origin. The suburb contains good primary schools and two local senior schools, which is why more movers pick the area. Since Plaistow is mostly comprised of houses and blocks of flats, large shopping centres, restaurants and other amenities can be found in the nearby areas of West Ham, Green Street and Stratford. Most of the commercial and retail outlets in the suburb are located in Greengate Street, on the A112.
Although Plaistow is an urban area, Upton Village provides residents and visitors with wonderful private gardens, shared residents’ courtyards and leafy open spaces. There are a number of recreation grounds in the suburb such as Plaistow Park and the Balaam Leisure Centre, making the area an attractive relocation destination.
Plaistow is well connected and has stations on both the District and the Hammersmith & City lines, enabling getting to the city centre quickly. For example, the travel time from and to Tower Hill is less than 20 minutes.
If you are thinking of moving to a new home, you should definitely point the man and van team to Plaistow.