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Chingford, Essex

Historical Description

Chingford, a village and a parish in Essex. The village stands on the verge of the county adjacent to Epping Forest and the river Lea, about 10¼ miles NNE of London by rail, and is the terminal station of the Walthamstow and Ching-ford branch of the G.E.R. It has a post, money order, and telegraph office in the Metropolitan E Suburban District. The parish comprises 2809 acres; population, 2737. There-are two manors, one called Chingford St Paul's and the other Chingford Earl's. The living is a rectory in the diocese of St Albans; net value, £303 with residence. It has an old church, which is for the most part an ivy-clad ruin, and a modern church, which stands in the centre of the village, and was erected in 1844. A quaint Elizabethan timber-built hall here is known as Queen Elizabeth's Hunting Lodge, and there is a splendid modern hostelry called the Royal Forest Hotel. There is a large cemetery at Chingford Mount belonging to the Abney Park Cemetery Co., which was opened in 1884. As Chingford is one of the best places from which to visit Epping Forest, it is much resorted to during the summer months by excursionists, and much of the land i& now being devoted to building purposes. Chingford Hatch is a hamlet about 1 mile to the SE. There are Congregational, Plymouth Brethren, and Wesleyan chapels.

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


The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.

Ancient CountyEssex 
Ecclesiastical parishChingford All Saints 
Poor Law unionEpping 

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Directories & Gazetteers

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Land and Property

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DistrictWaltham Forest
CountyGreater London
Postal districtE4
Post TownLondon