Aldborough Hatch

Aldborough Hatch, Redbridge

A semi-rural residential locality situated on the north side of the A12, just beyond Newbury Park

Ald­bor­ough Hall Farm

The Ald­bor­ough name prob­a­bly derives from the fam­i­ly who built a hall here, while the hatch (a wick­et gate) would have led into Hain­ault For­est. Writ­ing in his Envi­rons of Lon­don at the turn of the 19th cen­tu­ry, Daniel Lysons described the hall as “a cap­i­tal man­sion sit­u­at­ed in the for­est.” The woods pro­vid­ed a liv­ing for the local char­coal burn­ers and foresters, and game for the fre­quent roy­al hunts.

Before the exten­sive defor­esta­tion of the 1850s, accord­ing to local his­to­ri­an George Tasker, “the ham­let con­sist­ed almost entire­ly of four or five man­sions with­in a stone’s throw of each oth­er, and a farm or two.” By way of com­pen­sa­tion for the destruc­tion of the wood­land the gov­ern­ment con­tributed towards the cost of build­ing St Peter’s church, using stones from the old West­min­ster Bridge.

The East­ern Avenue brought the builders with it in the late 1920s and ear­ly 1930s, includ­ing Sub­ur­ban Devel­op­ments (Lon­don) Lim­it­ed, which laid out the Ald­bor­ough Grange estate on land east of Ald­bor­ough Road North. The green belt has restrict­ed fur­ther expan­sion into the farm­land on the north side of the road. Ald­bor­ough Hall has a long estab­lished eques­tri­an cen­tre.

Ald­bor­ough ward has a cul­tur­al­ly diverse pop­u­la­tion. Thir­ty-five per cent of res­i­dents are Chris­tians (a huge drop from 50 per cent in 2001). Hin­duism and Islam are the oth­er prin­ci­pal reli­gions here.

Postcode area: Ilford, IG2
Population: 14,544 (Aldborough ward, 2011 census)