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Snaresbrook tube station
Grid reference: TQ395895
Location: 51°35’13"N, 0°-0’52"E
Post town: London
Postcode: E11
Dialling code: 020
Local Government
Council: Redbridge / Waltham Forest
Leyton and Wanstead

Snaresbrook is a suburban village in south-western Essex, within the greater London conurbation. It is contiguous with Walthamstow to the west, Woodford to the north, Redbridge to the east and Wanstead and Leytonstone to the south.

The name derives from a corruption of Sayers brook, a tributary of the River Roding that flows through Wanstead to the east.

Snaresbrook is bounded approximately by South Woodford to the north, the lower reaches of Epping Forest and Upper Leytonstone and Walthamstow to the west, Leytonstone to the south and Wanstead to the east.

Snaresbrook's most notable building is Snaresbrook Crown Court. It was opened in 1843 as an Infant Orphan Asylum by King Leopold I of Belgium, and later became the Royal Wanstead School. It was designed by Sir George Gilbert Scott and William Bonython Moffatt.


The nearest London Underground station is Snaresbrook on the Epping branch of the Central line.