East Ham

Fairbairn & Mansfield Track

Watson Avenue

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Type: Cinder (no longer exists - derelict), 352y, 5 lanes, 5 lane straight

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Ceremonial County: Greater London

NUTS Name: London (EH)

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OS National Grid Reference: TQ 433842
National Grid Reference: 543300, 184200

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Train: East Ham LU, Barking LU/NR

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Other Info:
The track was part of Fairbairn House Boys club and the athletics part of the club was known as Fairbairn & Mansfield AC. It is situated on a playing field which was split in two by the construction of the South Woodford to Barking Relief Road extension of the A406 North Circular Road in about 1988 and is now waste ground on which horses are kept. The original track surface and curbs are visible in parts but it is totally and/or partially blocked in many places by tall mounds of overgrowth. The track is about 4.5 lanes standard width on the back straight and just under 5 lanes on the home straight. It is definitely shorter than a standard 440y track and is probably 5 laps to the mile (352y). The HJ pit and fan is still evident inside the top bend and there was also a LJ pit here. The track can be accessed from Watson Avenue but the proper entrance to the track was on Burges Road and the facility was often known by that name. It is believed that no track meets were held here after 1959 but the track had been used by Essex Beagles. The track was around a football field. As well as the track there were grass pitches for football, rugby & cricket, a floodlit cinder practice soccer field (unheard of in those days for a youth team), a swimmimg pool and a building with about 6 dressing rooms, showers (again unheard of) and was in use seven days a week all year long.

Last update: 30/01/2001

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