Chingford Hatch

Chingford Hatch, Waltham Forest

The south-eastern part of Chingford, situated north of Highams Park

Light at the end of the path - Roger Jones -  geograph-2699826-by-Roger-Jones

Ching­ford Hatch­’s name was first men­tioned in 1487, although Simon and William de la Hache were record­ed as liv­ing here in the ear­ly 13th cen­tu­ry. A hatch was a gate, prob­a­bly used here to pre­vent cat­tle from stray­ing from their pas­ture on the edge of Epping For­est, and the local­i­ty is some­times referred to sim­ply as ‘the Hatch’.

Waltham­stow wor­thy Sir George Monoux owned a house and 13 acres of land here at the time of his death in 1544. Although a small vil­lage had evolved by the late 18th cen­tu­ry, it was not until the ear­ly 20th cen­tu­ry that radi­al expan­sion from Ching­ford Green reached this far.

Much of the area is often now called Fri­day Hill, fol­low­ing the Lon­don Coun­ty Council’s con­struc­tion of the estate of that name in the 1950s. Wide­spread change fol­lowed all across the dis­trict, as weath­er­board­ed cot­tages and a Wes­leyan chapel gave way to new hous­es, car-body repair­ers replaced wheel­wrights, and unsight­ly shops were built on a ser­vice road beside Hatch Lane.

The Manor Hotel (lat­er the Horse­less Car­riage and then the Wheel­wrights pub) stood at the cor­ner of Hatch Lane and Fri­day Hill. It was con­tro­ver­sial­ly demol­ished in 2003 and replaced by the fortress-like Ash­ton Court, an apart­ment devel­op­ment by Fairview New Homes, which paid £2.5 mil­lion for the site.

Sec­tions of Epping For­est to the north-east of the built-up local­i­ty are now called Hatch Grove (shown in the pho­to­graph above*), Hatch For­est and Hatch Plain.

Postal district: E4
Population: 11,058 (Hatch Lane ward, 2011 census)


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* The picture of an opening in Epping Forest near Hatch Grove on this page is adapted from an original photograph, copyright Roger Jones, 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.