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Debden Area Info

Debden Area Info

Debden in Essex fits neatly between Loughton, Chigwell and Theydon Bois. Like many of the surrounding areas Debden is richly forested and surrounded by green belt land with period properties and smallholdings sitting alongside modern residential estates. Debden has a wide range of retail outlets to choose from, with the main shopping area located on the Broadway. Schools in Debden are predominantly Maintained Schools and Academies offering both faith and non-faith settings. OFSTED ratings range greatly with the majority being Good or Outstanding.

Debden is perfectly located for Junction 5 of the M11 Motorway, and Debden Underground station on the Central line is to the South East of the town with journeys to Bank taking about half an hour.

Things To Do In Debden

Debden House at Debden Green is one of the few campsites to still allow open fires. Set in over 50 acres of land within historic Epping Forest, they offer 375 pitches across 7 fields, some with electric hook-ups for caravans and campervans.

The Gunmakers Arms is a large but friendly pub offering good food and even better beverages. Located perfectly for patrons of Debden House campsite, it extends a warm welcome to locals and visitors alike – even pets are welcome. DJ’s and live music are advertised for weekends.

The Princess of Wales is small but perfectly formed watering hole on Westall Road. Formerly The Clydesdale, new owners took over in 2015 and the venue now hosts regular DJ’s, theme nights and entertainment.

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4 Forest Drive
Theydon Bois
CM16 7EY
01992 667 666

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History of Debden

Debden is listed in the Domesday book as Tippendene, but was also known as Deppendena which means Dep (deep) and Den (valley).

This part of Essex suffered extensively in both world wars and so the London County Council, who was instrumental in developing housing after the first world war, soon set to work. The Debden Estate was built on the outskirts of Loughton after hostilities ceased in 1945. The construction plans divided the community between those who were desperate for a home who welcomed the new estate and those who mourned the loss of the Roding Valley and its wildlife.

Debden grew quickly thanks to the families moving onto the estate and soon brick built houses sprung up alongside the prefabricated units. Away from the estates towards Debden Green mock period houses together with more substantial farm cottages were built in the early 20th century. This burst of development enlarged the footprint of Debden itself northwards towards Theydon Bois.

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