An outstanding array of different wildlife habitats within a postage stamp sized nature reserve
Designated by the Greater London Authority as a Grade I Site of Importance for Nature Conservation
Pond with great crested newts and grass snakes and pond-dipping platform
Spring and summer are a great time to visit when the meadows are in flower and the scrub creates song posts for a great variety of migrant birds
The reserve was once the site of an old brickworks called the Cranham Brick and Tile Company. From around 1900, men from the local area were employed at the brickworks, possibly as many as seventy workers. Clay was excavated on the site, with brick kilns used for ‘firing’ the bricks and a railway was used to transport materials and the finished bricks.
Some bricks that were made there can still be found locally in Upminster, where they were used to build small garden walls. The brick-earth began to run out and the site was closed in 1920 and the buildings demolished.
Part of Brickfields was claimed during the 1940s to grow vegetables and fruit as part of the wartime government’s ‘Dig for Victory’ campaign.
In the early 1950s many more houses were built in Cranham was built and the area surrounding the reserve became more urban.
Land of the Fanns Teacher Briefing
Some sites have a Teacher Briefing available at the top of the page, but the following download is a general Teacher Briefing for The Land of the Fanns. We recommend you download this briefing before visiting any of the sites listed on this resource.