CHINGFORD is a district of the
London Borough of Waltham Forest in
London , situated 10 miles (16 km) northeast of Charing
Cross . Historically a rural
Essex parish, it gained urban district
status in 1894, and between 1938 and 1965 formed the core of the
Municipal Borough of Chingford .
Chingford is close to the Essex
Epping Forest District .
Sewardstone to the north,
Woodford Green and Buckhurst
Hill to the east and
Walthamstow to the south. To the west lie William
Girling and King George V reservoirs , known together as the Chingford
Reservoirs , and the
River Lea . Across these,
Chingford is linked
Ponders End through the A110 Lea Valley Road, whilst South
Chingford is linked with Edmonton through the A406 Lea Valley Viaduct.
To the north and east lies
Epping Forest , the most part of which is
Essex but is maintained by the
City of London Corporation .
* 1 Toponymy
* 2 Landmarks
* 3 Governance
* 4 Demography
* 5 Housing
* 6 Local sport teams
* 6.1 Local districts
* 6.2 Nearest places
* 7 Transport
* 7.1 Nearby
London Overground stations
* 7.2 Nearby rail stations
* 7.3 Nearby
London Underground stations
* 8 Education
* 9 Notable people
* 10 References
* 11 Bibliography
* 12 External links
River Ching runs through the area, and the town of
close to a number of fords of that river. However, old maps and
descriptions give a name for the settlement long before the river has
a name and it is likely that the name of the river as "Ching" arose
long after the settlement was named. It is also thought that,
similarly to how
Kingston upon Thames
Kingston upon Thames appears in Domesday Book of 1086
as Chingestone and Chingetun(e), with _ching_ being old English for
Chingford could refer to the King's river, and Kings Ford.
This idea is compounded by links to royalty using the area for hunting
in centuries gone by. However, the most generally accepted
explanation by place name genealogists is that the settlement's name
has its origin as "Shingly Ford"—that is, a ford over a waterway
Queen Elizabeth\'s Hunting Lodge
One notable local landmark is Queen Elizabeth\'s Hunting Lodge .
Originally called the Great Standing, it was built for King Henry VIII
in 1543, and was used as a grandstand to watch the hunting of deer,
although it has been heavily altered over time. The building is
Chingford Plain within
Epping Forest and is open to the
public. The lodge is preserved under the
Epping Forest Preservation
Originally a barn built in the mid-19th century, Butler\'s Retreat ,
Grade II listed
Grade II listed building , is one of the few remaining Victorian
retreats within the forest. The building is adjacent to the Queen
Elizabeth's Hunting Lodge and takes its name from the 1891 occupier
John Butler. Retreats originally served non-alcoholic refreshments as
part of the Temperance movement . After closing in 2009 the building
was refurbished by the
City of London Corporation and re-opened as a
cafe in 2012. All Saints Church , Old Church Road, E4
All Saints\' Church in
Chingford Mount (known locally as the Old
Church) dates back to the 12th century. Directly opposite the church
Chingford Mount Cemetery , best known today as the burial place of
the Kray family .
Friday Hill House
Friday Hill House , Simmons Lane, off Friday Hill , dating from 1839,
was a manor house built and owned by
Robert Boothby Heathcote , who
was both the lord of the manor and rector of the local church. It was
he who paid for the building of the church of St Peter and St Paul in
Chingford. He is buried in the Boothby family vault in All Saints'
Chingford Old Church), Old Church Road. The vault was
purchased by Robert Boothby (died 1733), who lived in the previous
manor house. The present building has been used as a further education
centre, but was put up for sale in 2012.
Dovecote is situated in a green area at the bottom of
Friday Hill and can be viewed by entering the Pimp Hall Nature
Reserve. The dovecote , which had nesting space for 250 birds,
belonged to Pimp Hall (originally Pympe's Hall), one of three manor
houses around Chingford. In 1838 the estate was taken over and became
part of the
Chingford Earls estate. The farmhouse associated with it
survived until just before World War II. This dovecote is depicted in
the Millennium Heritage Mosaic on the front of
Hall. It is the fourth item down on the left-hand-side of the mosaic,
also see the Key . There is a local legend telling how on one occasion
Charles II was out hunting in
Epping Forest and was caught in a
snowstorm. He took shelter in Pimp Hall and was so delighted with the
food offered him that he jocularly drew his sword and knighted the
joint of beef declaring that it was now Sir Loin . Either this story
caused the nearby pub on Friday Hill to be called "The Sirloin" or
Pole Hill Obelisk
A granite obelisk at
Pole Hill was erected in 1824 under the
direction of the
Astronomer Royal , the Rev. John Pond M.A., to mark
true north for the telescopes of the Royal Observatory at
south of the Thames. It was placed on high ground along the line of
Greenwich Meridian, but when this was recalibrated later in the
19th century, the obelisk was deemed to have been erected 19 feet (5.8
m) west of the revised meridian line. Today, an adjoining
triangulation pillar marks the modern line.
Chingford Old Town
Hall building, The Ridgeway
Chingford Old Town Hall , dating from 1929, is on The Ridgeway in
Chingford. It has more recently been known as the
Offices. The site has been sold to property developers and the town
hall building subsequently put up for sale itself.
Chingford is within the
Woodford Green UK Parliament
constituency, which consists of the six
Chingford wards in the Borough
of Waltham Forest and two wards in the Borough of Redbridge. Iain
Duncan Smith has been the sitting MP since 1992.
Former MPs include
Norman Tebbit ,
Leah Manning ,
Stan Newens , and
Winston Churchill (when
Chingford was in the Epping constituency ).
Chingford is part of the
London Borough of Waltham Forest , which
also includes the east
London districts of
Leyton , and
Chingford consists of six council wards , namely:
* Hatch Lane
Hale End and Highams Park
Each ward is represented by three councillors ; at present all of the
councillors represent the Conservative Party except for two Labour
ones in Valley and
Hale End and Highams Park. The
London Borough of
Waltham Forest is presently controlled by the Labour party .
Chingford falls within the North East constituency of the London
Assembly , which is currently represented by
Jennette Arnold of the
Chingford was a municipal borough , before 1965, its politics
were dominated by the _
Chingford Ratepayers' Association_, which was
nominally independent, but against whom the Conservative Party did not
As of the 2011 census, 86% of the population of
Chingford Green ward,
which covers the north of the area, was white (77% British, 7% Other,
2% Irish). Endlebury ward, covering southern areas and Chingford
Mount , was 78% white (68% British, 8% Other, 2% Irish). 7% was black
(3% African, 3% Caribbean, 1% Other).
The location of one of the interwar
London County Council cottage
LCC Cottage estates 1918-1939
NO OF DWELLINGS
19.8 per acre (49/ha)
23 per acre (57/ha)
32.4 per acre (80/ha)
White Hart Lane
_Tower Gardens_ 98
8 per acre (20/ha)
9.3 per acre (23/ha)
10.6 per acre (26/ha)
12.6 per acre (31/ha)
_Dover House Road Estate_ 147
8.2 per acre (20/ha)
11.8 per acre (29/ha)
11.6 per acre (29/ha)
11 per acre (27/ha)
10.5 per acre (26/ha)
11.5 per acre (28/ha)
7.1 per acre (18/ha)
11.3 per acre (28/ha)
11.3 per acre (28/ha)
_(Royal Borough of
Greenwich )_ 21
18.1 per acre (45/ha)
Whitefoot Lane (Downham)
Rubinstein, 1991, Just like the country.
* ^ Source says 2589- transcription error
* ^ Part of a larger PRC estate around Huntsman Road
LOCAL SPORT TEAMS
* In 1724 (exact date unknown), a
Chingford cricket team played in
an important match against Edwin Stead\'s XI . The venue is unknown;
if it was played in
Chingford it is the earliest known reference to
cricket being played in the county of
Essex and it is certainly the
earliest reference to a team from Essex. The match was highly
controversial as the
Chingford team refused to play to a finish when
Stead 's XI had the advantage. A court case followed and, as in a
similar case in 1718, the match was ordered to be played out,
presumably so that all wagers could be fulfilled. Lord Chief Justice
Pratt presided over the case and he "referr'd the said Cause back to
Dartford Heath , to be played on where they left off, and a Rule of
Court was made accordingly". The game was completed in September 1726.
The final result is not on record, and there is no confirmation that
Stead's team held their advantage and won.
* Chingford's oldest football club is, Egbertian FC, formerly Old
Egbertian FC, which was started by former pupils of St Egbert's
College, Chingford. The club was formed in 1928 and is affiliated to
the Amateur Football Alliance (AFA). The club plays in the Amateur
Football Combination .
* Ridgeway Rovers Youth Football Club is a local club in Chingford
East London. Notable former players include
David Beckham , Andros
Townsend , and
Harry Kane .
Chingford Athletic Football Club was formed as recently as the
summer of 2007 and this season will have 3 teams, 2 playing Saturdays
in the recently formed
Essex Alliance league and one Sunday team in
Essex Corinthian league. The club are unable to get a ground in
Chingford so currently play their games at
Leyton Sixth Form College,
Essex Road. After being promoted in the 2013/14 season and winning the
league cup the club went one better in the 2014/15 season winning the
Premier Division and the league cup. The 2015/16 season sees the
Reserves being reformed due to demand plus the addition of a Sunday
Chingford Rugby Club was also founded in 1928, and its ground is
at Waltham Way, Chingford.
Chingford Cricket Club is located on Forest Side, but the entrance
to the ground is on Kimberley Way. It is believed to have been founded
in 1884. The club plays in The Shepherd Neame
Essex League and the
1st team were promoted to the Premier League for the 2013 season.
King Georges Reservoir home to the Sailing Club
* King George Sailing Club was founded in the 1970s to provide
dinghy sailing and windsurfing on the largest and best sailing water
in the north and east of London. The club enjoys facilities both on
and off the water and has an active membership engaged in racing,
learning to sail, casual sailing, and windsurfing. In recognition of
its good facilities and encouragement of youth sailing, the Royal
Yachting Association has awarded the club Volvo Champion Club status.
* Friday Hill
Chingford is served by
Chingford railway station which is the
terminus of a branch line from
Liverpool Street station in the City of
London . There is also a station at
Highams Park .
Chingford lost its
rail link to Stratford with the removal of the 500 m length of track
known as the
Hall Farm Curve in 1970, and there have been campaigns
for its reinstatement.
Bus routes link
Potters Bar and
Harlow . The town is also served
by the N26 night bus from
Trafalgar Square .
NEARBY LONDON OVERGROUND STATIONS
Blackhorse Road station
Chingford railway station
Highams Park railway station
Walthamstow Central station
Walthamstow Queens Road railway station
NEARBY RAIL STATIONS
Angel Road railway station
Ponders End railway station
Tottenham Hale railway station
NEARBY LONDON UNDERGROUND STATIONS
* Blackhorse Road
* Roding Valley
List of schools in Waltham Forest
Chingford secondary schools include:
Chingford Foundation School
* Heathcote School
Rush Croft Foundation School
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Louisa Aldrich-Blake , noted surgeon and pioneer in medical
education for women, was born in Chingford
* Edward ('Eddie') Brett, from boy band the
Loveable Rogues , who
were signed to
Syco Music , grew up and still currently lives in
Kray twins are buried in
Chingford Mount cemetery.
* The author and games designer
Joe Dever was born in
* The footballer
David Beckham OBE grew up in Chingford, David
having been born at
Whipps Cross Hospital in
Leytonstone on 2 May
1975. He was educated at the
Chingford Foundation School and also
Chase Lane Primary School and played football for Ridgeway Rovers
F.C., a local side.
* Apple Chief Design Officer
Jonathan Ive KBE was raised in
Chingford is home to former England,
Tottenham Hotspur , and
Manchester United player
Teddy Sheringham .
Chingford is home to singer and ex-glamour model
Samantha Fox .
* Some members of the group Blazin\' Squad live in Chingford. The
group grew up in
Chingford and attended
Highams Park School.
Leslie Phillips , comedy star of the _
Carry On Films _, lived in
Alan Davies , stand-up comedian and regular guest on quiz show _QI
_, grew up in Chingford.
Russell Lissack from
Bloc Party grew up in Chingford.
Winston Churchill was MP for Epping , a defunct constituency that
included Chingford, from October 1924 to July 1945.
* Charles Alcock , founding father of
The Football Association and
creator of the
FA Cup , moved to
Chingford with his family when he was
* Paul Di\'Anno , former lead singer of heavy metal band Iron Maiden
, was born and grew up in Chingford.
John Lloyd (graphic designer) , co-founder of the international
design consultancy, Lloyd Northover, grew up in
Chingford and lived
there from 1948 to 1970.
Giles Watling , actor, was born in Chingford.
Durrty Goodz , a well-known grime artist, is from Chingford.
Neil Hubbard , rock guitarist.
Michael Nyman , composer of minimalist music , notably film
scores, grew up in Chingford.
Steve Hillage , guitarist, is from Chingford.
* John Sitton, former Chelsea footballer and
Leyton Orient manager,
lives in Chingford.
Andros Townsend , Crystal Palace and
England midfielder, is from
Chingford and attended Rush Croft Sports College.
Harry Kane ,
Tottenham Hotspur and
England striker, is from
Chingford and attended
Chingford Foundation School.
Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji , composer and pianist, was born in
Dwight Gayle , current Newcastle United striker, is from
Jason Hadjioannou , technology developer and entrepreneur, is from
Peter Greenaway , film director, grew up in Chingford.
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