Alexandra Lake, Wanstead Flats
Alexandra Lake was a popular spot for recreation from shortly after it opened in the early 1900s. Still popular, the 'pebble beach' which for long sloped down from near Aldersbrook Road was taken away, and the pond re-edged. This led to a growth of willow and silver birch at the edge, which created just a muddy inaccessible border. The photo taken in 2004 does not yet show that growth.
Shortly after the lake was originally created it was found that it often lacked sufficient water. To help overcome that problem.