Woodford Bridge, Essex

Historical Description

Woodford Bridge, an ecclesiastical parish, with a village, in Woodford St Mary parish, Essex, on the river Roding, 1 mile E of Woodford station on the G.E.R., and 6 miles WNW of Romford. There is a post, money order, and telegraph office. The ecclesiastical parish was constituted in 1854. Population, 1955. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of St Albans; net value, £250 with residence. Patron, the Rector of Woodford St Mary. The church, rebuilt in 1886, is a building of stone in the Gothic style. The Claybury Lunatic Asylum is near Woodford Bridge. It comprises an enormous pile of buildings which covers an area of over 20 acres, and provides accommodation for about 2000 patients and about 250 persons on the medical and general staff. The farm and estate surrounding the asylum have an area of 237 acres.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England and Wales, 1894-5


Ancient County Essex
Hundred Becontree
Poor Law union West Ham

Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.

Directories & Gazetteers

Transcript of the entry for Woodford (St. Mary) from Samuel Lewis' A Topographical Dictionary of England, 1848


Online maps of Woodford Bridge are available from a number of sites:

Bing (Current Ordnance Survey maps).
Google Streetview.
National Library of Scotland. (Old maps)
old-maps.co.uk (Old Ordnance Survey maps to buy).
Streetmap.co.uk (Current Ordnance Survey maps).
A Vision of Britain through Time. (Old maps)

Newspapers and Periodicals

The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the following newspapers covering Essex online: