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Harold Wood is a place in the London Borough of Haveringmarker, East Londonmarker, Englandmarker.

It is a suburban development situated east-northeeast of Charing Crossmarker. The Great Eastern Main Line passes through the area, the M25 motorwaymarker forms the easterly boundary and the A12marker and A127 roads form the North-West and South-West borders respectively.

Harold Wood is so named because King Harold (also known as Harold Harefoot) hunted deer in the forest that covered this area in the 9th Century. Some of the original roads are named after the earliest recorded kings of England such as Athelstan and King Alfred.

Under the Local Government Act 1894, Harold Wood formed part of Romford Rural Districtmarker. With suburban house building, the area became increasingly urbanised and from 1926 Harold Wood formed part of the Hornchurch Urban Districtmarker, which in 1965 was abolished to form the present-day London Borough of Havering.

Harold Wood Hospitalmarker, on Gubbins Lane, closed on 13 December 2006 with all patients moved to Queen's Hospitalmarker in nearby Romfordmarker. The site vacated by the hospital has been earmarked for a 470-home housing development. However, this development has faced fierce opposition from the local population as the developers now wish to build over 800 properties on the site.


There are 3 main schools in Harold Wood 1 Secondery School and 2 Primary Schools
  • Secondary School, Redden Court School
  • Primary Schools, Harold Wood School and Harold Court School

Transport and locale

Nearest places

Harold Wood has a few London Bus Routes that run through it
  • Daily routes include 256, 294, 496 and 498
  • Mon-Sat 347
  • School Routes 646 and 656

Nearest station

Harold Woods nearest tube station are Elm park tube stationmarker or Hornchurch tube stationmarker both on the District Line.


Harold Wood is on the route of the London Outer Orbital Path.

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