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Chingford Area Info

Chingford Area Info

The Essex town of Chingford is located 10 miles outside of Central London in the London Borough of Waltham Forest. With plenty of green belt land and inland waterways surrounding it, it is a perfect mix of urbanisation and forestation.

Central Chingford is mainly residential with a mix of Georgian terraces, 1930’s built homes on wide tree-lined avenues and low rise maisonettes and apartment blocks. Station Road forms the focal point for retail and entertainment offering a mix of known chain stores and coffee bars alongside independent local traders, restaurants and cafés.

Chingford Station is on the Overground line, which takes you into London Liverpool Street in under half an hour. And with Chingford being the terminus for the line, you’re pretty much guaranteed a seat in the commute.

Things To Do In Chingford

The Queen Elizabeth Hunting Lodge was built in the 16th century by order of King Henry VIII. It is one of the few timber framed Lodges still in existence today. Visitors can enjoy Tudor themed events and exhibitions in the Royal Forest.

The Kings Head located on Kings Hill is a contemporary pub in an 18th century building which offers guest ales as well as home cooked food and regular quiz nights. CAMRA members are offered a discount here and guest ales in the past have included Pitfield’s Hewitts Urbane Gorilla, Wentworth’s Bumble Beer and Nethergate Growler’s IPA.

Food lovers should head for The Queen’s Head on Forest Side. A traditional pub serving good food including a carvery and a good choice of drinks. They also have a large outside area for relaxing on those warm summer evenings.

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Essex
CM16 7EY
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History of Chingford

Chingford is so named due to the river Ching running through it and despite its proximity to London remained extremely rural and isolated up until the late 19th century. In 1882 Chingford assumed an annexed portion of Walthamstow parish, and in 1934 Chingford was further extended by acquiring a small part of Waltham Holy Cross urban district. The arrival of the railway from Walthamstow in 1873 saw an increase in local industry and demand for housing stock. Development commenced in earnest close to Chingford station and branching out towards Higham’s Park.

Chingford’s population grew until the commencement of WW1 and fluctuated greatly throughout both world wars until it started to climb again in 1931. Arguments ensued over who was to become the new owners of some of the early properties, with rumours abound that only those with substantial incomes would be offered accommodation. Property prices in 1837 had a 5-7-bedroom villa on Forest Avenue or Crescent Road for rent at £50-80 a year!

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