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Coordinates: 51°37′52″N 0°00′58″E / 51.631°N 0.016°E / 51.631; 0.016

Chingford is located in Greater London

 Chingford shown within Greater London
OS grid reference TQ395945
    - Charing Cross 10 mi (16 km)  SW
London borough Waltham Forest
Ceremonial county Greater London
Region London
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town LONDON
Postcode district E4
Dialling code 020
Police Metropolitan
Fire London
Ambulance London
EU Parliament London
UK Parliament Chingford and Woodford Green
London Assembly North East
List of places: UK • England • London

Chingford is a town in East London in the London borough of Waltham Forest. It is a suburban development situated 10 miles (16.1 km) northeast of Charing Cross. To the north and east of Chingford is Epping Forest and the boundary with Essex. To the west are the William Girling and King George V reservoirs, known collectively as the Chingford reservoirs, and the River Lea.

The Prime Meridian passes through Chingford.



Queen Elizabeth's Hunting Lodge

One notable local landmark is Queen Elizabeth's Hunting Lodge[1]. Originally called the Great Standing, it was built for King Henry VIII of England 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 located on Chingford Plain within Epping Forest and is open to the public.

All Saints' Church in Chingford Mount (known locally as The Old Church) dates back to the 12th Century. Directly opposite from the church is Chingford Mount Cemetery, best known today as the burial place of the Kray family.[2]

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 Greenwich, south of the Thames. It was placed on high ground along the line of the Greenwich Meridian, but when this was recalibrated later in the 19th century the obelisk was deemed to have been erected 19 feet west of the revised meridian line. Today an adjoining triangulation pillar marks the modern line.

Friday Hill House Simmons Lane. The present building 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 churchyard (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 is now used as a further education centre.

Pimp Hall Dovecote, situated in a green area at the bottom of Friday Hill and can be viewed by entering the Pimps Hill 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 Mosaic. It is the fourth down on the left hand side. 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 vice versa.

National politics

Chingford is within the Chingford and Woodford Green UK Parliament constituency.

Famous former MPs include Iain Duncan Smith, Norman Tebbit and Sir Winston Churchill (when Chingford was in the Epping constituency).

Local sport teams

Chingford Athletic Football Club was formed as recently as the summer of 2007 and currently play in the Ilford & District Premier Division( feeder for Essex Olympian League)they currently have two mens teams playing in the Ilford & District league and a under 16's in the Echo league. Home ground is at Elmbridge sports club in Fairlop.

Chingford's oldest football club is Egbertian FC, formerly Old Egbertian FC which was started by former pupils of the St Egberts College,Chingford. The club was formed in 1928 and is one of the oldest clubs to be affiliated to the Amateur Football Alliance (AFA). The club plays in Amateur Football Combination, which is purported to be the biggest league in the world comprising 103 clubs and some 355 teams. The league places great emphasis on the attitude and spirit that the game is played in while insisting its member clubs maintain these same principles. In season 2006/07 the club won their first cup competition in their club's history when they won the LOB Intermediate Cup.

Chingford Rugby Club was founded in 1928, with their ground at Waltham Way, Chingford.[3] When the leagues commenced in 1987 they were placed in London 3 North East. In 1989-90 the club not only won the Essex Cup but gained promotion to London 2 North where they stayed until 1997. The club remained in London 3 North East until 2004-05, when they won not only the Essex Cup but also the league title, remaining unbeaten all season. 2008/9 saw them secure the Essex Senior Cup beating both semi finalists Southend and finalists Barking (both are national league sides) in dramatic fashion away from home. A league restructure sees them playing in London 1 North this season, one step below national level.

Local politics

Chingford is part of the London Borough of Waltham Forest, which also includes the areas of Walthamstow, Leyton and Leytonstone. Chingford consists of six council wards, namely:

  • Chingford Green
  • Endlebury
  • Valley
  • Larkswood
  • Hatch Lane
  • Hale End and Highams Park

Each ward is represented by three councillors; at present all of the councillors in Chingford represent the Conservative Party with the exception of the three members for Hale End and Highams Park who represent the Liberal Democrats. The London Borough of Waltham Forest is presently jointly controlled by the Labour party and the Liberal Democrats.

Chingford falls within the North East constituency of the London Assembly, which is currently represented by Jennette Arnold of the Labour party. Chingford and Woodford Green Constituency consists of six wards in the Borough of Waltham Forest and two wards in the Borough of Redbridge. The sitting MP is Iain Duncan Smith (Cons). The Labour Party candidate at the next General Election is Catharine Arakelian.

Transport and locale


Local districts

Nearest places


Chingford is served by a 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. The town is served by many bus routes, linking it to Walthamstow, Loughton, Leyton and Woodford. The town is also served by the N26 night bus from Trafalgar Square. The North Circular Road skirts the southern part of the town, and gives motorists good access to the north and east of London. The London LOOP walk passes through Chingford on its way from Enfield to Chigwell. Travelling from Enfield to Chingford has difficulties as the closest link is through the reservoirs which usually has much traffic.

List of Chingford bus routes

Route Number Route Operator
97 Chingford Station National Rail to Leyton Downsell Road via Walthamstow East London
158 Chingford Mount to Stratford East London
179 Chingford Station National Rail to Barking Station National Rail London Overground London Underground via South Woodford First London
212 Chingford Station National Rail to Walthamstow Central National Rail London Underground via Highams Park National Rail CT Plus
215 Yardley Lane Estate to Walthamstow Central National Rail London Underground via Chingford Mount (Extended from Yardley Lane Estate to Lee Valley Campsite during the Summer) East London
313 Chingford Station National Rail to Potters Bar Station National Rail via Enfield Arriva London
357 Chingford Hatch to Whipps Cross Roundabout via Walthamstow (Extended to Whipps Cross Hospital on Sundays) First London
379 Chingford Station National Rail to Yardley Lane Estate via Kings Head Hill Arriva London
385 Chingford Station National Rail to Crooked Billet Sainsburys via Valley Side First London
397 Crooked Billet Sainsburys to Debden Broadway London Underground via Loughton Arriva London
444 Chingford Station National Rail to Turnpike Lane Station London Underground Arriva London
505 Chingford Station National Rail to Harlow Mark Hall North via Waltham Abbey Arriva Shires & Essex
N26 Chingford Station National Rail to Trafalgar Square London Underground via Walthamstow East London

Also see List of bus routes in London and List of bus routes in Essex.

Nearby railway stations

Nearby tube stations

The London Underground stations nearest to Chingford include:


Chingford secondary schools include:

Notable people


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  2. ^ a b "Kray funeral date set". BBC News. 2000-10-03. Retrieved 2009-05-10. 
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  4. ^ "Beckham's pride at OBE". BBC Sport. 2003-06-13. Retrieved 2008-09-09. 
  5. ^ "Beckham - Working-class boy to Man U". Los Angeles Times. 2007-07-09. Retrieved 2008-09-09. 
  6. ^ "American Idols". W magazine. 2007-08-01. Retrieved 2009-02-24. 
  7. ^ The FA - Becks' Brimsdown boost, article from Friday, 24 September 2004, accessed 7th July 2007
  8. ^ Macadam, Harry (2007-01-11). "Chingford boy is Mr Ive-pod". Sun. Retrieved 2009-05-10. 
  9. ^ "E4 (Waltham Forest) area guide". Retrieved 2009-05-10. 
  10. ^ MacKenzie, James (2005-04-09). Kenzie: My Life. HarperCollins Entertainment. ISBN 000721149X. 
  11. ^ Moyes, Johnathon (2007-06-27). "Ex-pupil Phillips opens old school". Waltham Forest Guardian. Retrieved 2009-05-10. 
  12. ^ Pearce, Garth (2008-07-11). "On the move: Alan Davies". London: The Sunday Times. Retrieved 2009-05-10. 
  13. ^ "Russel Lissacks' Facebook page". Retrieved 2009-05-10. 
  14. ^ "Russell Lissack - Made Of Facts". Retrieved 2009-05-10. 
  15. ^ "List of MPs". 

External links

Chingford rugby club

1911 encyclopedia

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From LoveToKnow 1911

CHINGFORD, an urban district in the Epping parliamentary division of Essex, England, 102 m. N. of London (Liverpool Street station) by the Great Eastern railway. Pop. (1901) 4373. It lies between the river Lea and the western outskirts of Epping Forest. The church of All Saints has Early English and Perpendicular remains. Queen Elizabeth's or Fair Mead hunting lodge, a picturesque half-timbered building, is preserved under the Epping Forest Preservation Act. A majestic oak, one of the finest trees in the Forest, stands near it. Buckhurst Hill (an urban district; pop. 4786) lies to the N.E.

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