Chingford Green

Chingford Green, Waltham Forest

The modern heart of Chingford, located south-west of the station

The Green Walk
The Green Walk*

Chingford Green began life as a forest hamlet in the late 17th century and a weath­er­boarded cottage survives from this period on the Green Walk. Like much of Chingford, poor road connec­tions with London deterred the gentry from estab­lishing country retreats here until the late 18th century, when a handful of substan­tial houses appeared, for example west of the green at Mount Echo.

One of the country’s largest sets of staghound kennels operated at Kilgreana – also known as Chingford Lodge – from 1798 to 1806. The kennels are long gone but the house survives, divided into two prop­er­ties, as part of a conser­va­tion area.

In the early 1840s local grandee Robert Boothby Heathcote commis­sioned Lewis Vulliamy to design the church of St Peter and St Paul, which replaced Chingford Mount’s All Saints as the parish church. Chingford Green’s secular ascen­dancy was assured by the opening of the station and the arrival of piped water in the 1870s.

Suburban housing filled much of the neigh­bour­hood in the late 19th and early 20th centuries and the church was enlarged in 1903.

The Bull and Crown public house (formerly The Crown) was rebuilt in 1910 in French Second Empire style. Chingford town hall was built on the Ridgeway in 1929. No longer required by the borough of Waltham Forest, the town hall became the centre­piece of a resi­den­tial scheme built by Fairview Homes in 2014. The Bull and Crown is currently a Prezzo restau­rant.

The Chingford Green ward has a rela­tively elderly popu­la­tion, and 86 per cent of residents are white, according to the 2011 census (down from 93 per cent in 2001).

Postal district: E4
Population: 10,287 (2011 census)


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* The picture of The Green Walk, Chingford, on this page is adapted from an original photograph, copyright Richard Dunn, 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.