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Chingford is a suburban London district, situated northeast of Charing Cross. Historically a rural Essex parish, it gained Urban district (Great Britain and Ireland) status in 1894, and between 1938 and 1965 formed the core of the Municipal Borough of Chingford, Chingford now forms part of the north-east London Borough of Waltham Forest. It borders Essex to the north, Enfield, London to the north-west, Woodford Green to the east, Walthamstow to the south and Edmonton, London to the west. To the west are the William Girling Reservoir and King George V Reservoir, known together as the Chingford Reservoirs, and the River Lea. To the north lies Epping Forest, which is in Essex but is maintained by the City of London Corporation.

Toponymy

The River Ching runs through the area, and the town of Chingford is close to a number of crossings of that river. However, old maps and descriptions give a name for the settlement long before the river has a name and it is likely that the name of the river as "Ching" arose long after the settlement was named. It is also thought that, similarly to how Kingston upon Thames appears in Domesday Book of 1086 as Chingestone and Chingetun(e), with ''ching'' being old English for king, that Chingford could refer to the King's river, and Kings Ford. This idea is compounded by the Queen Elizabeth Hunting Lodge and links to royalty using the area for hunting in centuries gone by.http://www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/things-to-do/green-spaces/epping-forest/visitor-information/Pages/queen-elizabeths-hunting-lodge.aspx However, the most generally accepted explanation by place name genealogists is that the settlement's name has its origin as "Shingly Ford"—that is, a ford over a waterway containing shingles. Chingford is a suburban London district, situated northeast of Charing Cross. Historically a rural Essex parish, it gained Urban district (Great Britain and Ireland) status in 1894, and between 1938 and 1965 formed the core of the Municipal Borough of Chingford, Chingford now forms part of the north-east London Borough of Waltham Forest. It borders Essex to the north, Enfield, London to the north-west, Woodford Green to the east, Walthamstow to the south and Edmonton, London to the west. To the west are the William Girling Reservoir and King George V Reservoir, known together as the Chingford Reservoirs, and the River Lea. To the north lies Epping Forest, which is in Essex but is maintained by the City of London Corporation.

Landmarks

One notable local landmark is ''''''. Originally called the Great Standing, it was built for Henry VIII of England in 1543, and was used as a grandstand to watch the hunting of deer, although it has been heavily altered over time. The building is located on Chingford Plain within Epping Forest and is [http://www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/Corporation/LGNL_Services/Leisure_and_culture/Local_history_and_heritage/Buildings_outside_the_City/hunting_lodge.htm open to the public].

Originally a barn built in the mid-19th century the Grade II listed '''Butlers Retreat''' is one of the few remaining Victorian era retreats within the forest. The building is adjacent to the Queen Elizabeth's Hunting Lodge and takes its name from the 1891 occupier John Butler. Retreats originally served non-alcoholic refreshments as part of the Temperance movement in the United Kingdom. After closing in 2009 the building was refurbished by the City of London Corporation and re-opened as a cafe in 2012.[https://www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/things-to-do/green-spaces/epping-forest/news/Documents/Forest%20Focus%20Autumn%202011.pdf City of London- Butler's Retreat] Retrieved 25 February 2013

'''''' in Chingford Mount (known locally as the Old Church) dates back to the 12th century. Directly opposite the church is Chingford Mount Cemetery, best known today as the burial place of the Kray brothers.

'''''', Simmons Lane, off Friday Hill, London, dating from 1839, was a manor house built and owned by Robert Boothby Heathcote, who was both the lord of the manor and rector of the local church. It was he who paid for the building of the church of St Peter and St Paul in Chingford. He is buried in the Boothby family vault in All Saints' Churchyard (Chingford Old Church), Old Church Road. The vault was purchased by Robert Boothby (died 1733), who lived in the previous manor house. The present building has been used as a further education centre, but was put up for sale in 2012.

'''Pimp Hall Dovecote''' is situated in a green area at the bottom of Friday Hill and can be viewed by entering the Pimps Hill Nature Reserve. The dovecote, which had nesting space for 250 birds, belonged to Pimp Hall (originally Pympe's Hall), one of three manor houses around Chingford. In 1838 the estate was taken over and became part of the Chingford Earls estate. The farmhouse associated with it survived until just before World War II. This dovecote is depicted in the Mosaic on the front of Chingford Assembly Hall. It is the fourth down on the left hand side. There is a local legend telling how on one occasion Charles II of England was out hunting in Epping Forest and was caught in a snowstorm. He took shelter in Pimp Hall and was so delighted with the food offered him that he jocularly drew his sword and knighted the joint of beef declaring that it was now sirloin steak. Either this story caused the nearby pub on Friday Hill to be called "The Sirloin" or vice versa.



A granite obelisk at '''Pole Hill''' was erected in 1824 under the direction of the Astronomer Royal, the Rev. John Pond M.A., to mark true north for the telescopes of the Royal Observatory at Greenwich, south of the Thames. It was placed on high ground along the line of the Greenwich Meridian, but when this was recalibrated later in the 19th century, the obelisk was deemed to have been erected west of the revised meridian line. Today, an adjoining triangulation pillar marks the modern line.


'''''', dating from 1929, is on The Ridgeway in Chingford. It has more recently been known as the Chingford Municipal Offices. The site has been sold to property developers and the town hall building subsequently put up for sale itself. Chingford is a suburban London district, situated northeast of Charing Cross. Historically a rural Essex parish, it gained Urban district (Great Britain and Ireland) status in 1894, and between 1938 and 1965 formed the core of the Municipal Borough of Chingford, Chingford now forms part of the north-east London Borough of Waltham Forest. It borders Essex to the north, Enfield, London to the north-west, Woodford Green to the east, Walthamstow to the south and Edmonton, London to the west. To the west are the William Girling Reservoir and King George V Reservoir, known together as the Chingford Reservoirs, and the River Lea. To the north lies Epping Forest, which is in Essex but is maintained by the City of London Corporation.

Governance

Chingford is within the Chingford and Woodford Green (UK Parliament constituency) UK Parliament constituency, which consists of the six Chingford wards in the Borough of Waltham Forest and two wards in the Borough of Redbridge. Iain Duncan Smith has been the sitting MP since 1992.

Former MPs include Norman Tebbit, Leah Manning, Stan Newens, and Winston Churchill (when Chingford was in the Epping (UK Parliament constituency)).

Chingford is part of the London Borough of Waltham Forest, which also includes the east London districts of Walthamstow, Leyton, and Leytonstone. Chingford consists of six council ward (politics), namely:

* Chingford Green (ward)
* Endlebury
* Valley
* Larkswood
* Hatch Lane
* Hale End and Highams Park

Each ward is represented by three councillors; at present all of the councillors in Chingford represent the Conservative Party (UK). The London Borough of Waltham Forest is presently controlled by the Labour Party (UK).

Chingford falls within the North East (London Assembly constituency) of the London Assembly, which is currently represented by Jennette Arnold of the Labour party.

When Municipal Borough of Chingford, before 1965, its politics were dominated by the'' Chingford Ratepayers' Association'', which was nominally independent, but against whom the Conservative Party did not field candidates. Chingford is a suburban London district, situated northeast of Charing Cross. Historically a rural Essex parish, it gained Urban district (Great Britain and Ireland) status in 1894, and between 1938 and 1965 formed the core of the Municipal Borough of Chingford, Chingford now forms part of the north-east London Borough of Waltham Forest. It borders Essex to the north, Enfield, London to the north-west, Woodford Green to the east, Walthamstow to the south and Edmonton, London to the west. To the west are the William Girling Reservoir and King George V Reservoir, known together as the Chingford Reservoirs, and the River Lea. To the north lies Epping Forest, which is in Essex but is maintained by the City of London Corporation.

Local sport teams

*Chingford Athletic Football Club was formed as recently as the summer of 2007 and have 2 teams playing in the Essex Olympian League, whilst 1 play in the feeder league to this, being the Ilford & District League. They currently have 3 Saturday Men's teams, with the Essex Olympian sides playing at Wadham Lodge Sports Ground, Walthamstow.Retrieved from http://www.chingfordathletic.co.uk www.chingfordathletic.co.uk.

*Chingford's oldest football club is,[http://www.egbertianfc.com Egbertian FC] Retrieved 27 February 2013 formerly Old Egbertian FC which was started by former pupils of the St Egberts College, Chingford. The club was formed in 1928 and is affiliated to the Amateur Football Alliance (AFA). The club plays in Amateur Football Combination, which is purported to be the biggest league in the world comprising 103 clubs and some 355teams. The league places great emphasis on the attitude and spirit that the game is played in while insisting its member clubs maintain these same principles. In season 2006/07 the club won their first cup competition in their history when they won the LOB Intermediate Cup.

*Chingford Rugby Club was also founded in 1928, having their ground at Waltham Way, Chingford.
When the leagues commenced in 1987 they were placed in London 3 North East. In 1989-1990, the club not only won the Essex Cup but gained promotion to London 2 North, where they stayed until 1997. They then remained in London 3 North East until 2004-05, when they won not only the Essex Cup but also the league title, remaining unbeaten all season. 2008-9 saw them secure the Essex Senior Cup beating both semi-finalists Southend and finalists Barking (both are national league sides) in dramatic fashion away from home. A league restructure sees them playing in London 1 North from 2009, one step below national level.

*Chingford Cricket Club is located on Forest Side, but the entrance to the ground is on Kimberley Way. It is believed to have been founded in 1884, as this is currently the earliest record of a Chingford cricket team playing in a match.[http://www.chingfordcricketclub.co.uk/history/default.aspx Chingford Cricket Club History] They play in The Shepherd Neame Essex League [http://www.essexcricket.com Essex Cricket League] and the 1st Team were promoted to the Premier League for the 2013 season.


*King George Sailing Club was founded in the 1970s to provide dinghy sailing and windsurfing on the largest and best sailing water in the north and east of London. The club enjoys facilities both on and off the water and has an active membership engaged in racing, learning to sail, casual sailing, and windsurfing. In recognition of their good facilities and encouragement of youth sailing, the Royal Yachting Association has awarded the club Volvo Champion Club status.[http://www.kgsc.org.uk King George Sailing Club] Retrieved 27 February 2013

Local districts
* Highams Park
* Friday Hill, Chingford
* Hale End
* Chingford Hatch
* Chingford Mount
* Station Road (Chingford)

Nearest places
* Walthamstow
* Loughton
* Edmonton, London
* Tottenham, London
* Woodford, London
* Enfield, London
* Ponders End
* Buckhurst Hill
* Sewardstone Chingford is a suburban London district, situated northeast of Charing Cross. Historically a rural Essex parish, it gained Urban district (Great Britain and Ireland) status in 1894, and between 1938 and 1965 formed the core of the Municipal Borough of Chingford, Chingford now forms part of the north-east London Borough of Waltham Forest. It borders Essex to the north, Enfield, London to the north-west, Woodford Green to the east, Walthamstow to the south and Edmonton, London to the west. To the west are the William Girling Reservoir and King George V Reservoir, known together as the Chingford Reservoirs, and the River Lea. To the north lies Epping Forest, which is in Essex but is maintained by the City of London Corporation.

Transport

Chingford is served by a Chingford railway station which is the terminus of a branch line from Liverpool Street station in the City of London.
There is also a station at Highams Park.

The town is served by many bus routes, linking it to Walthamstow, Loughton, Leyton, Woodford, London, Waltham Abbey (town) and Harlow. The town is also served by the N26 night bus from Trafalgar Square.
The A406 road skirts the southern part of the town, and gives motorists good access to the north and east of London.
The London LOOP walk passes through Chingford on its way from Enfield Lock to Chigwell, passing close to Sewardstone and Gilwell Park on the edge of Epping Forest.

List of Chingford bus routes
Most bus routes are London Buses routes, apart from Essex bus route 505 which does not accept any form of London ticketing (i.e. Oyster cards or travelcards).


{| class="wikitable"
|-
|'''Route Number'''
|'''Route'''
|'''Operation'''
|'''Operator'''
|-
|97
|Chingford railway station to Stratford City via Chingford Mount, Walthamstow
|Daily
|Stagecoach London
|-
|158
|Chingford Mount to Stratford bus station via Blackhorse Road
|Daily
|Stagecoach London
|-
|179
|Chingford railway station to Ilford via South Woodford, Gants Hill
|Daily
|Stagecoach London
|-
|London Buses route 212
|Chingford railway station to Walthamstow Central station via Highams Park
|Daily
|CT Plus
|-
|215
|Yardley Lane Estate to Walthamstow Central station via Chingford Mount (Extended from Yardley Lane Estate to Lee Valley Campsite during the Summer)
|Daily
|Stagecoach London
|-
|275
|St James Street railway station to Barkingside,Tesco via Highams Park
|Daily
|Stagecoach London
|-
|313
|Chingford railway station to Potters Bar railway station via Enfield Town
|Daily
|Arriva London
|-
|357
|Chingford Hatch to Whipps Cross via Chingford Mount, Walthamstow (Extended to Whipps Cross ''Hospital'' on Sundays)
|Daily
|Go-Ahead London
|-
|379
|Chingford railway station to Yardley Lane Estate via Kings Head Hill
|Daily
|Arriva London
|-
|385
|Chingford railway station to Chingford Mount via Valley Side
|Mon-Sat shopping hours.
|CT Plus
|-
|397
|Chingford Mount to Debden, Epping Forest via Chingford Mount, Buckhurst Hill, Loughton
|Daily (except evenings)
|Arriva London
|-
|444
|Chingford railway station to Turnpike Lane tube station via Edmonton, London
|Daily
|Arriva London
|-
|Essex bus route 505
|Chingford railway station to Harlow via Sewardstone, Waltham Abbey (town)
|Mon-Sat (except evenings). [http://www.busmap.co.uk/tt4/505.pdf Times]
|Arriva Shires & Essex
|-
|W11
|Chingford Mount to Walthamstow Central station via Billet Road
|Daily
|Arriva London
|-
|W16
|Leytonstone tube station to Chingford Mount via Highams Park railway station
|Daily
|Go-Ahead London
|-
|N26
|Chingford railway station to Trafalgar Square via Walthamstow, London Borough of Hackney
|Nightly
|Tower Transit


Also see List of bus routes in London and List of bus routes in Essex.

Nearby railway stations
* Blackhorse Road station
* Chingford railway station
* Highams Park railway station
* Walthamstow Central station
* Walthamstow Queens Road railway station
* Tottenham Hale railway station

Nearby tube stations
The London Underground stations nearest to Chingford include:
* Blackhorse Road station
* Buckhurst Hill tube station
* South Woodford tube station
* Loughton tube station
* Walthamstow Central station
* Tottenham Hale station Chingford is a suburban London district, situated northeast of Charing Cross. Historically a rural Essex parish, it gained Urban district (Great Britain and Ireland) status in 1894, and between 1938 and 1965 formed the core of the Municipal Borough of Chingford, Chingford now forms part of the north-east London Borough of Waltham Forest. It borders Essex to the north, Enfield, London to the north-west, Woodford Green to the east, Walthamstow to the south and Edmonton, London to the west. To the west are the William Girling Reservoir and King George V Reservoir, known together as the Chingford Reservoirs, and the River Lea. To the north lies Epping Forest, which is in Essex but is maintained by the City of London Corporation.

Education

Chingford secondary schools include:
* Chingford Foundation School
* Heathcote School, Chingford
* Normanhurst School
* Rush Croft Foundation School Chingford is a suburban London district, situated northeast of Charing Cross. Historically a rural Essex parish, it gained Urban district (Great Britain and Ireland) status in 1894, and between 1938 and 1965 formed the core of the Municipal Borough of Chingford, Chingford now forms part of the north-east London Borough of Waltham Forest. It borders Essex to the north, Enfield, London to the north-west, Woodford Green to the east, Walthamstow to the south and Edmonton, London to the west. To the west are the William Girling Reservoir and King George V Reservoir, known together as the Chingford Reservoirs, and the River Lea. To the north lies Epping Forest, which is in Essex but is maintained by the City of London Corporation.

Notable people

* Dame Louisa Aldrich-Blake, noted surgeon and pioneer in medical education for women, was born in Chingford
* Edward ('Eddie') Brett, from boy band the Loveable Rogues, who rose to fame on Britain's Got Talent and were later signed to Syco Music, grew up and still currently lives in Chingford.
* The Kray twins are buried in Chingford Mount cemetery.
* The author and games designer Joe Dever was born in Chingford in 1956.
* The footballer David Beckham Order of the British Empire grew up in Chingford having been born at Whipps Cross University Hospital in Leytonstone on 2 May 1975. He was educated at the Chingford Foundation School and played football for Ridgeway Rovers F.C.,[http://www.clubwebsite.co.uk/ridgewayroversfootballclub/David Beckham at Ridgeway Rovers] Retrieved 27 February 2013[http://www.thefa.com/TheFACup/TheFAVase/NewsAndFeatures/Postings/2004/09/BecksBrimsdownBoost.htm The FA - Becks' Brimsdown boost, article from Friday, 24 September 2004], accessed 7 July 2007 a local side.
*Apple Senior Vice President of Design Jonathan Ive Order of the British Empire was raised in Chingford.
* Chingford is home to former England, Tottenham Hotspur, and Manchester United player Teddy Sheringham.
* Chingford is home to singer and ex-glamour model Samantha Fox.
* Radio DJ Grant Nelson went to school in Chingford.
* Some members of #1 chart group Blazin' Squad live in Chingford. The group grew up in Chingford and attended Highams Park School.
* Leslie Phillips, comedy star of the ''Carry On Films'', lived in Chingford.
* Alan Davies, stand-up comedian and regular guest on quiz show ''QI'', grew up in Chingford.
* Russell Lissack from Bloc Party grew up in Chingford.
* Winston Churchill was MP for Epping (UK Parliament constituency) from October 1924 to July 1945, a defunct constituency that included Chingford.
* Jeanette Kwakye National record holder, World Indoor silver medallist and 100m Olympic finalist.
* C. W. Alcock, founding father of the Football Association and creator of the FA Cup, moved to Chingford, with his family when he was young.
* Heavy metal band Iron Maiden's former lead singer Paul Di'Anno was born and raised in Chingford.
* John Lloyd (graphic designer), co-founder of the international design consultancy, Lloyd Northover, grew up in Chingford, and lived there from 1948 - 1970.
* Giles Watling,Actor was born in Chingford, started as a child actor in 1962 in the long-running TV series ‘Gideon’s Way’ as Malcolm Gideon, best known to the public for his performances in British sit-coms such as ‘How’s Your Father’, ‘You’re Only Young Twice’, ‘Keep It in the Family’, ‘Allo Allo’ and the vicar Oswald in Carla Lane’s ‘Bread’, & TV Drama in Upstairs Downstairs as 2nd Lt James Marriot.
* Durrty Goodz, a well-known grime artist, is from Chingford.
* Neil Hubbard, rock guitarist.
*Michael Nyman: composer of minimalist music, notably film scores; grew up in Chingford.[http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=4VNjLMkPcUQC&pg=PA15&dq=michael+nyman+stratford&hl=en&sa=X&ei=GozzT-LVOOep0QXh6PHABw&ved=0CDQQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=michael%20nyman%20stratford&f=false Pwyll Ap Siôn, The Music of Michael Nyman: Texts, Contexts and Intertexts, Ashgate Publishing Ltd 1988 (p.15)]
* Steve Hillage, guitarist, is from Chingford.
* John Sitton, former Chelsea footballer and Leyton orient manager, lives in Chingford.
* Andros Townsend, Tottenham Hotspurs and England midfielder, is from Chingford and attended Rush Croft Sports College.
*Harry Kane, Tottenham Hotspurs and England U21 Striker is from Chingford and attended Chingford Foundation
* Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji, composer and pianist, was born in Chingford.
* Dwight Gayle, current Crystal Palace striker is from Chingford. Chingford is a suburban London district, situated northeast of Charing Cross. Historically a rural Essex parish, it gained Urban district (Great Britain and Ireland) status in 1894, and between 1938 and 1965 formed the core of the Municipal Borough of Chingford, Chingford now forms part of the north-east London Borough of Waltham Forest. It borders Essex to the north, Enfield, London to the north-west, Woodford Green to the east, Walthamstow to the south and Edmonton, London to the west. To the west are the William Girling Reservoir and King George V Reservoir, known together as the Chingford Reservoirs, and the River Lea. To the north lies Epping Forest, which is in Essex but is maintained by the City of London Corporation.

References

Chingford is a suburban London district, situated northeast of Charing Cross. Historically a rural Essex parish, it gained Urban district (Great Britain and Ireland) status in 1894, and between 1938 and 1965 formed the core of the Municipal Borough of Chingford, Chingford now forms part of the north-east London Borough of Waltham Forest. It borders Essex to the north, Enfield, London to the north-west, Woodford Green to the east, Walthamstow to the south and Edmonton, London to the west. To the west are the William Girling Reservoir and King George V Reservoir, known together as the Chingford Reservoirs, and the River Lea. To the north lies Epping Forest, which is in Essex but is maintained by the City of London Corporation.

External links

* [http://www.chingfordathleticfc.co.uk Chingford Athletic FC]
* [http://www.londonrailways.net/chingfd.htm London's Railways]
* [http://www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/Corporation/leisure_heritage/architectural_heritage/Buildingsoutsidethecity/hunting_lodge.htm Queen Elizabeth's Hunting Lodge]
* [http://www.chingfordwarmemorial.co.uk The Chingford War Memorial Project]
* [http://www.chingfordrugby.co.uk/home Chingford rugby club]
* [http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/nra/searches/searchResults.asp?TownName=Chingford&subjectType=PL&CountyName=London&submit.x=43&submit.y=12 Archival material relating to Chingford] listed at the UK National Register of Archives
* [http://viewfinder.english-heritage.org.uk/search/results.aspx?index=0&mainQuery=Chingford&searchType=all&form=basic&theme=&county=&district=&placeName= Images of Chingford] at the English Heritage Archive
* [http://www.parishofchingford.org.uk/ Chingford Parish (St Peter & St Paul Church; Chingford Old Church)]
* [http://www.achurchnearyou.com/chingford-st-edmund/ St Edmund's Parish Church, Chingford]
* [http://www.stannee4.org.uk/ St Anne's Parish Church, Chingford]






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