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Woodford
Woodford (Greater London)
Woodford

Woodford shown within Greater London
OS grid reference TQ405915
London borough Redbridge
Waltham Forest
Ceremonial county Greater London
Region London
Constituent country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town LONDON
Postcode district E18
Post town WOODFORD GREEN
Postcode district IG8
Dialling code 020
Police Metropolitan
Fire London
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European Parliament London
UK Parliament Chingford and Woodford Green (part)
Ilford North (part)
Leyton and Wanstead (small part)
London Assembly Havering and Redbridge
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List of places: UKEnglandLondon

Coordinates: 51°36'17?N 0°01'47?E? / ?51.604752, 0.029791

Woodford is a suburban district in the London Borough of Redbridge, north-east London on the boundary with the London Borough of Waltham Forest.

Woodford may be divided into three areas: South Woodford, Woodford Green and Woodford Bridge, which gets its name from the Saxon ford over the River Roding. There are also areas known as Woodford Wells (north of Woodford Green), Woodford Side (towards Chingford) and formerly Woodford Church End (near St. Mary's).

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[edit] History

The ancient parish of Woodford, also known as Woodford St Mary, formed part of the Becontree hundred of Essex.[1] The name is recorded in 1062 as Wudeford or Wodeforda, meaning 'ford in or by the wood'.[2] Woodford formed an urban district, from 1894 to 1934, under the Local Government Act 1894.[3] In 1934 the urban district was abolished and its former area became part of the Wanstead and Woodford Urban District (from 1937 municipal borough).[4] The population of the Woodford parish was 2,774 in 1851 and 37,702 in 1951.[5] In 1965, the Municipal Borough of Wanstead and Woodford and the Woodford parish were abolished by the London Government Act 1963; its former area became part of the London Borough of Redbridge in Greater London.[4] Woodford Town F.C. are a semi-professional club that call the area home.

[edit] Religion

The parish church of St. Mary's is known to have existed by the 12th century and is located on the High Road in what is now South Woodford. The medieval church was substantially rebuilt in brick in the gothic style in 1816. The interior is modern, the church having been gutted by arsonists in 1969.

[edit] Politics

Woodford is divided between three parliamentary constituencies including Chingford and Woodford Green which is currently represented by Conservative Iain Duncan Smith, who was the party's leader from 2001 to 2003. Chingford and Woodford Green is separated from Ilford North by the Central Line, whilst a small part of South Woodford is in Leyton and Wanstead constituency. Previously the local constituency was Wanstead and Woodford (1974-1997) and before that Woodford (1945-1974) which was represented by Winston Churchill between 1924 and 1964. Churchill is commemorated by a statue on the green at Woodford.

[edit] Notable Individuals associated with Woodford

This is a comprehensive list of notable individuals from all three constituent parts of Woodford.

[edit] Transport and locale

[edit] Nearest places

[edit] Nearest tube stations

[edit] See also

[edit] References

  1. , Vision of Britain - Woodford parish (historic map)
  2. , Mills, A., Oxford Dictionary of London Place Names, 2001
  3. , Vision of Britain - Woodford Urban District
  4. , a b Vision of Britain - Wanstead and Woodford UD/MB
  5. , Vision of Britain - Woodford population

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