The Great North Wood

by Sam Bentley-Toon

Stretching from Deptford to Croydon, the Great North Wood was a vast tract of woodland and wooded commons that was implemental in the development of London It provided a source of charcoal for bakers and blacksmiths, tannin-rich oak bark for the tanning industry and timber for construction and ship-building. As the industrial revolution rendered these products obsolete the economic value of woodland waned, leading to destruction and urbanisation.