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.