The Ching flows south east
The railway line from Liverpool Street to Chingford, terminates here.
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Suburban area in roads leading to Chingford Station, which then changes to plains, golf courses and open areas as part of Epping Forest. The Hunting Lodge is a star in any setting.
Post to the north Sewardstonebury
Connaught Club – tennis and bowls
It was originally planned to call this Station Road
Doric Cinema was on the corner with Station Road. It opened as the Chingford Pavilion in 1920
and it included a stage. After sound equipment was installed in 1929 it was
re-named Chingford Cinema and then, later, taken over by Norbert Theatres, It
was renamed Doric in 1941 and closed in 1957. It opened again in 1959 as the
New Doric Cinema and closed again in 1961. It was demolished and offices now
stand on the site.
Flats on the
corner of Forest View were Bolte’s Café. Used as church premises in the First
World War by an itinerant Roman Catholic priest to serve a Belgian refugee
The road name means that it is the road to Sewardstonebury.
Chingford Golf Course. Golf Course. Shared by three clubs and managed by
the City Corporation. . All players must wear a red jacket. The course was laid out by the Royal
Blackheath Club and the railway made special arrangements for cheap fares. A
bomb fell here in the Second World War and an anti-aircraft gun site was sited
at the end of the drive. It was used as a prisoner of war camp, then a school
which was removed in 1954.
Royal Epping Forest Golf Club. Founded in 1888 and the only golf club in
Essex Golf Union with the Royal Title. It is men only
Chingford Plain includes much of the golf course. It was farmland until 1878 but has been
reinstated to grass by the Corporation of London. Some of it is now scrubland,
which attracts many birds.
Named for the Duke of Connaught who was the first Ranger of Epping Forest 1878-1942
Part of Jabez Balfour's Liberator
Building Society development here. An assortment of grand villas finished
before he went to gaol in 1892
1 was the Coronet Cafe
Queen Elizabeth large gabled pub with red monsters
on its roof, and Art Nouveau lettering.
Chingford Cricket Club. Sports ground and club which dates from the 1880s
Long Deacon Road
Long Deacon was the name of the field on which this road was built
Queen Elizabeth’s Hunting Lodge. This is a Tudor ‘standing’ from which posh
people could to view hunting. It was commissioned by Henry VIII it in what was
then Fairmead Park as part of
his plans, never realised, for a royal hunting centre at Waltham Abbey. It is
unassuming with a lime washed exterior, L shaped building with three storeys,
and a structure of massive oak timbers cut in 1542. A kitchen and service area
are on the ground floor separated from the stairs, which are on a generous
scale. The window openings upstairs were originally unglazed and the first
floor was a shooting gallery, from which bows could be aimed. The top floor was
for spectators and has an open roof. The construction details show the
ingenuity of the highly skilled carpenters using extremely sophisticated techniques.
From 1608 until 1851 it was used as a
keeper's lodge, and Courtroom. It later became a tearoom for visitors to the
Forest and the when the City Corporation acquired it they commissioned repairs
and work was done by Edmond Egan followed and later by J. Oldrid Scott. It was
then used as a museum. In 1989-93, because of deathwatch beetle infestation, detailed
research dated the building and allowed it to be repaired the building with traditional
Royal Forest Hotel. Built in 1878. It is ‘Tudor
style ‘in red brick. When Queen Victoria came to dedicate the Forest there was a grand display
of fireworks by Brocks took place at the back of the Hotel. It was originally
by Edmond Egan, but a fire destroyed the top floor and it was rebuilt.
Stables. Two formal brick ranges.
Butler’s Retreat. Weather boarded barn used from 1890 for serving
refreshments to visitors. It is one of the last remaining Victorian
‘Retreats’ which provided temperance refreshments in Epping Forest. In 1890 a
licence was granted to John Butler to occupy the building, and it was run by
his family until 1971.
Forest Ramblers Centenary Stone
This was once called Maddox Lane and before the station was built was just
a drove way for taking cattle to fields.
Chingford Golf Club. Clubhouse. The club is for men only. It was formed in 1923 by
local tradesmen who were barred from the existing private club. At first they met in the Coronet Café and then The Royal Forest Hotel, moving to Station Road in
134-138 The Station House. Pub
Chingford masonic temple. Purpose built brick
Masonic Centre. The Foundation Stone was laid by the Lord Lieutenant of Essex
152 The Fountain. Pub
Station. This is the terminus of line from
Highams Park Built by the Great Eastern Railway and opened in 1878 it
replaced a station built in 1873 600 yards to the south. It is on the edge of the Forest and built with
the idea of extending it further to High Beach with a view to a network of
countryside lines. It had four platforms which meant 2 & 3 were for the
planned through traffic while 1 & 4 were for the terminus. However it made
Epping Forest popular and in 1885 Queen Victoria declared the Forest open from
here but the preservation of the forest then meant that the railway was not
able to extend northwards. It became a commuter terminal, and was further cut
back by the bus station. It is
two-storeyed red brick building which has been much altered. In 1968 a path was
provided over the old extension lines use to dock the engines and it linked the
two platforms, and so the subway was demolished e track for platform 4 has been
removed. .In 1974 a new ticket hall and office were provided with a suspended
ceiling. There is a plastic owl
under the canopy of platform two, to deter the pigeons.
Bus Station. This is on the site of an embankment built by the railway with
a view to going to High Beach. It was previously used by them for servicing functions.
It was levelled in 1968. The bus terminus had previously been at the Royal
Paths exist from the old station in what is now Kings Road to the existing
station, this was at the request of locals.
Signal Box. Built in 1920
Built on the site of Taverners Farm
Warren Pond Road
Warren Pond. There is a brick lined well on the northern side which supplied
Grassland invaded by thorny scrub
Pond. Chingford and Walthamstow Railway
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Chingford as it Was
Ray. Chingford Past
Clunn. The Face of London
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Field London Place Names
Headley and Meulenkamp, Follies
Smyth, City Wildspace
Chingford Golf Club web site
Cinema Treasurers web site
Connaught Club web site
Royal Epping Forest Golf Club web site
Chingford Cricket Club web site
Friends of Epping Forest web site
British Listed Buildings web site
London Transport Garages