A fascinating film can be found on the London Screen Archives website, which documents the Mark’s Gate area from countryside to housing estate.
Horses grazing in fields, country lanes, Rose lane as it was
To the building of the estate as diggers move in, land flattened, roads created and houses go up. None of the builders have hard hats!
The first residents moving in, children playing and walking to their new school.
For any one who lived in or lives at Marks Gate this is a wonderful insight into what it was like before and after.
I will leave you to decide whether the beautiful countryside was well used or not.