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Woodford Green is part of the North East Londonmarker suburb of Woodfordmarker, on the edge of Epping Forestmarker, mostly within the London Borough of Redbridgemarker with a small part on the western side of the green within the London Borough of Waltham Forestmarker (this area is known as Woodford Side).

History

Woodford Green is part of Woodfordmarker, which includes areas such as Woodford Wells and Woodford Bridge. The article about the history of Woodfordmarker includes detailed information on Woodford Green.

Railways

The Great Eastern Railway (GER) line to Loughtonmarker (and later Ongarmarker) was opened in 1856 and with it Woodford stationmarker. This led to the construction of many houses in the area, some of which were the grand houses of successful London merchants and bankers. The higher quality housing constructed in the area was due to the "fare-policy" of the GER, which kept the fares on the Loughton Branch higher than on the comparable Enfield and Chingfordmarker branches, where a "low-fare policy" was pursued. Further estates were built from the late 1920s onwards until the 1950s, covering most of the land still available for building.

The former GER Ongar branch became part of the London and North Eastern Railway in 1923, and later part of London Transport's Central Line, with the section through Woodford opening in 1947. As part of the electrification of the Loughton & Ongar branch and subsequent takeover by London Transport, the level-crossing at Woodford station (and with it Snakes Lane) was closed, being replaced in 1947 by a re-aligned Broadmead Road with a viaduct over the railway.

Politics

The parliamentary constituency of Chingford and Woodford Greenmarker is represented by Iain Duncan Smith, who led the Conservative Party from 2001 to 2003. Iain Duncan Smith is a successor of Winston Churchill, who was also MP for this area. Churchill is commemorated by a statue on the Green at Woodford.

In the 1920s and 1930s, Clement Attlee, later Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (Labour, 1945-1951) had a residence in Woodford Green, the seat of his opponent, Winston Churchill. A blue plaque to that effect resides on his house in Monkhams Avenue.

Education

Primary schools



Secondary schools



Special needs schools

  • Hatton School


Notable individuals associated with Woodford Green



Trivia

The Castle, a former inn and now a Harvester restaurant near the Green, is where David Beckham first dated Victoria Adams However they never went inside as they did not want to be spotted together..

Transport and locale

Roads and buses
The A104 runs through Woodford Green and forms its High Street while Chigwell Road, the A113, runs along the east side with Broadmead Road connecting the two. Woodford Green is served by Woodford tube stationmarker.

Various bus routes also connect Woodford Green with nearby major towns:
Route Number Route Serving Operator
20 Walthamstow Central Stationmarker to Debden Broadwaymarker via Whipps Crossmarker, Loughtonmarker Woodford New Road, High Road (The Green) Arriva London
179 Chingford Stationmarker to Barking London Roadmarker via Ilfordmarker Whitehall Road, High Road (The Green), High Road Woodford Green First London
275 Walthamstow St James Street Stationmarker to Barkingside Tescomarker via Highams Parkmarker, Woodfordmarker Chingford Lane, Broadmead Road, Woodford Station Arriva London
397 South Chingford Sainsbury'smarker to Debden Broadwaymarker via Chingfordmarker, Loughtonmarker Whitehall Road Arriva London
958 Mobility Woodford Kings Avenue to Ilford Hainault Streetmarker via Wansteadmarker Woodford Station, High Road (The Green), High Road Woodford Green First London
W13 Woodford Wells Horse & Well to Leytonstone Stationmarker via Wansteadmarker High Road (The Green), High Road Woodford Green CT Plus (See route N55 for a night service)
N55 Night Bus Woodford Wells Horse & Well to Oxford Circusmarker via Leytonstonemarker High Road (The Green), High Road Woodford Green East London


Nearest places


The nearest London Underground stations are Woodfordmarker, South woodfordmarker and Roding Valleymarker on the Central Line.

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