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Chigwell Area Info

Chigwell Area Info

The historic town of Chigwell is situated in the Epping Forest district of Essex. It lies around 12 miles from Central London and is a quintessentially English village, with an abundance of period properties, a village green and modern properties available. Together with Loughton and Buckhurst Hill, Chigwell forms the final point on the “Golden Triangle” of Essex, a phrase that was coined after the area featured on the TV series ‘Essex Wives’. Chigwell was also the setting for the glorious ‘80’s sit-com ‘Birds of a Feather’.

Residents of Chigwell are affluent high earners and business owners, and there’s also a rich heritage of footballers and sports personalities who own properties here. This includes ex-Tottenham chairman Lord Alan Sugar who still lives in Chigwell and owns the building occupied by Sheesh, a local Turkish restaurant. The people of Chigwell are fiercely protective of their village and the green belt land that surround it and it shows. Properties in Chigwell are extremely well looked after and development is closely monitored and carefully executed.

Things To Do In Chigwell

Living in Chigwell is a happy mixture of work and play. There is a David Lloyd Leisure Centre here in addition to the Chigwell Golf Club on the High Road and cricket club based on Roding Lane. The King William IV is a lovely bar/restaurant in a contemporary setting offering a choice of dishes for all palates and all budgets. The interior has a bright and airy feel and the prices are good too. Wine lovers will enjoy the variety on offer from the cellars, and the beers and ales look equally as tempting – including some Gluten free options.

Dining out in Chigwell you’ll be spoilt for choice with Italian, European, Turkish, Chinese and Indian cuisines on offer amongst others. Notable venues are The Fish Restaurant in the beautiful picturesque setting of Chigwell Hall just off the High Road. No prizes for guessing what dishes they’re offering but their seafood is caught at various locations around the UK and delivered by a longstanding supplier of Chigwell Hall.

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History of Chigwell

Evidence of Roman settlements including pottery, coins and other notable items of interest have been discovered in Chigwell close to Woolston Hall. Originally, Chigwell formed part of a larger parish made up of three smaller areas. Chigwell Row, Chigwell Village and Buckhurst Hill. It remained so until the mid-19th century when various boundary changes took place over around 100 years and finally, in the early 20th Century Chigwell, Buckhurst Hill and Loughton became more identifiable with the present-day towns.

Development has historically been confined to the south and south west with the rest of Chigwell kept as agricultural land. This has continued to this day with Chigwell Village retaining its rural heritage.

The building now occupied by Sheesh Restaurant was formerly Ye Old King’s Head, which is recognised as The Maypole Inn in Dicken’s “Barnaby Rudge”.

The Maypole - Barnaby Rudge
The Maypole - Barnaby Rudge

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