Ardleigh Green

Ardleigh Green, Havering

A comfortably-off locality often regarded as the northernmost part of Hornchurch, although some link it with Gidea Park or even Upminster

Ardleigh Green - New Inn
The New Inn*

Ardleigh Green was first record­ed as Hadley in the 14th cen­tu­ry, evolv­ing through Hadley Green and Hard­ley Green before attain­ing its present form around a cen­tu­ry ago. Like Barnet’s Hadley, the orig­i­nal name prob­a­bly indi­cat­ed a heath­land clear­ing. How­ev­er, an alter­na­tive the­o­ry sug­gests a link with the de Badele fam­i­ly, who lived in the area around 1325.

A ham­let was in exis­tence by the ear­ly 17th cen­tu­ry and the Spencer’s Arms inn lat­er became pop­u­lar with agri­cul­tur­al labour­ers. A few vil­las were built in the late 19th cen­tu­ry, includ­ing Hard­ley Court, but the sur­round­ings remained very rur­al until the open­ing of Squirrel’s Heath (now Gidea Park) sta­tion in 1910.

From 1927 the builders EA Coryn and Sons devel­oped the Haynes Park estate. Haynes Park Road was lat­er renamed Ardleigh Green Road but Haynes Road remains. Ardleigh Green junior and infants’ schools opened in 1933.

Essex Coun­ty Coun­cil bought Hard­ley Court and 15 acres of land for £9,000 in 1946. The house was used as a teacher train­ing col­lege for sev­er­al years before the first part of what is now Haver­ing Col­lege was built in the grounds in the late 1950s. Most of the college’s present build­ings date from two phas­es of con­struc­tion in 1962 and 1971.

Hard­ley Court was renamed Ardleigh House and leased to the local com­mu­ni­ty asso­ci­a­tion. Owing to its poor state of repair, the build­ing was demol­ished and replaced in the late 1960s, since when it has con­tin­ued to serve as a meet­ing place and adult edu­ca­tion cen­tre.

In a reflec­tion of the absence of change in the area, few pupils at Ardleigh Green junior and infants’ schools come from homes where Eng­lish is not the first lan­guage. Both schools have been rat­ed out­stand­ing by Ofst­ed.

Ardleigh Green’s shops also serve Emer­son Park.

Postcode area: Hornchurch RM11
* The image of the New Inn on this page is adapted from a photograph by (and copyright of) Glyn Baker and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.