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Theydon Bois Area Info

Theydon Bois Area Info

With barely 2,000 homes Theydon Bois is hardly over populated but life is thriving here with an air of hustle and bustle that is instantly infectious. Theydon Bois is perfectly placed for both city life lovers and country types being located only 15 miles north-east of London, a short drive to Junction 7 of the M25 and embraced by parkland and green space courtesy of Epping Forest, Theydon Bois Wood and nearby Debden Green.

Average residents of Theydon Bois are high earning city workers or professional couples. Some of the most attractive properties are located on Theydon Green with well-tended lawned cottages to the south side on The Green, and a mix of impressive Georgian double fronted houses and Victorian detached properties on Coppice Row to the North. Just off Coppice Row along Piercing Hill are the most impressive detached properties. It’s clear that the community take great pride in their village so it’s no wonder then that Theydon Bois won the Rural Community Council of Essex’s Best Kept Village award twice, and have been a finalist every year since the awards began.

Properties in Theydon Bois are highly sought after and they don’t stay on the market for long. Buying or renting, Theydon Bois is the place to be.

Things To Do In Theydon Bois

Probably the most impressive jewel in Theydon Bois’ crown is the sprawling 18-hole golf course which was designed in 1897 by James Braid, prolific golf course designer of his day and five times winner of The Open. Tradition meets contemporary in this relaxed country atmosphere which the AA Guide to Golf Courses noted as a course of “Particular merit and interest”.

Theydon Bois Wood is situated close to Epping Forest off Abridge Road and since the 94-acre site was bought by the Woodland Trust over 30,000 trees have been planted by residents including a wildflower meadow and also an orchard of more than 45 apple trees. There are well signposted footpaths and bridleways throughout, and rumour has it that it also has a spectacular giant sculpture to explore!

Real ale lovers should stop by The Bull on Station approach where a warm welcome is guaranteed, and a selection of guest ales is on tap. They also feature international wines and spirits. This Grade II listed building started life as a private residence in the 17th century and still retains much of its original features with exposed beams and low ceilings.

The Queen Victoria on Coppice Row also offers a selection real ales and home cooked food which you can enjoy in their light and airy bar which features a real wood-burning fire, or on those long, summer evenings relax outside overlooking The Green.

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CM16 7EY
01992 667 666

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History of Theydon Bois

Theydon is split into three parishes, with Theydon Bois being the most westerly of the three. The name comes from the Bois (de Bosco) family, who resided here during the 12th and 13th centuries.

In 1832 Robert Westerby Hall-Dare decided to plant 62 oak trees along Loughton Lane it is thought to celebrate Queen Victoria’s ascension to the throne. The road locally became known as the Avenue of Trees.

Theydon Bois is one of the few parishes that was exempt from taxation during the middle ages because it contained fewer than 10 households. However, when the railway line was extended from Loughton to Epping and Ongar in 1865 a period of rapid growth and development was embarked upon in anticipation of the railway line being extended to Theydon Bois and pressure grew to encase or even level Epping Forest to develop it. Some of these properties still remain at Manor Villas to the north of Theydon Green and beyond what is now the golf course is the peculiarly shaped Theydon Towers built around 1880. Thankfully the Epping Forest Act was passed by Government in 1878 to protect the forest which halted the development plans in its tracks. Following the passing of the act, all enclosed areas were reopened.

Until the early 1900’s the population was still relatively thin at roughly 1,200, rising to around 1,500 in the early 1930’s and still only 2600 in 1951. Today the population according to the 2011 census stands at just over 4,000.

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