Mawney, Havering

A half-forgotten mini-suburb situated between Romford and Collier Row, and traversed by the River Rom

Trees with windswept snow on Mawney Road

During the 14th century the manor of Romford came into the possession of the celeb­rated soldier Sir Walter de Mauny. Thereafter, the manor was called Mawneys – a form still used by local people and by the council but not by most publishers of maps and street atlases, with Google’s mapping (shown below) being an exception.

In the 19th century Mawney was known for its gypsies, who worked in the fields and sold brushes and doormats to the cottages of the surrounding villages.

The manor’s 265 acres were sold for building in 1883 and Mawney’s letter ‘A’ street pattern was laid out in the 1890s in a devel­opment that marked the beginning of the outward expansion of Romford.

A window in Mawney with birds on the inside
A window in Mawney. The birds are on the inside.

Houses were built in small groups over a period of decades, gradually eroding the nurseries and small­holdings that had charac­terised the locality. Mawney Road school (located at the Romford end of the road, and now the Mawney found­ation school) opened in 1896 partly in order to serve the new estate, and the school was enlarged in 1907.

In 1925 the arrival of the Eastern Avenue divided most of Mawney from the town that had spawned it. Shortly after­wards came the estates of Collier Row, of which Mawney is now a satellite locality. Sixteen houses were demol­ished when one of the last rockets to fall in England hit Mawney Road, near the corner of Forest Road, on 26 March 1945.

After the Second World War the creation of the green belt preserved farmland to the south and west.

When the Mawney Arms closed for refurbishment in 1999 its old fixtures and fittings were removed and reinstalled in a bar in Koh Samui, Thailand. The Thai establishment was renamed the Mawney Arms and displayed the original pub sign.

Postcode area: Romford RM7
Population: 12,915 (Mawneys ward, 2011 census)


* The picture entitled Trees with windswept snow on Mawney Road at the top of this page is adapted from an original photograph, copyright Robert Lamb, at Geograph Britain and Ireland, made available under the Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic Licence. Any subsequent reuse is hereby freely permitted under the terms of that licence.