Chingford Mount

Chingford Mount, Waltham Forest

The commanding height of Chingford, located on its western side

Chingford Old Church

The parish church of All Saints was found­ed here in the twelfth cen­tu­ry and some of the ear­ly stonework sur­vives in the present struc­ture, togeth­er with addi­tions from the fol­low­ing three cen­turies. All Saints was lat­er reded­i­cat­ed to St Peter and St Paul but this name moved to the new church on Ching­ford Green when that was built in 1844.

Stoke Newington’s Abney Park Ceme­tery Com­pa­ny estab­lished Ching­ford Mount ceme­tery in 1884, on the site of Car­o­line Mount House in Old Church Road. The cemetery’s orig­i­nal chapel and lodges have not sur­vived. The old church fell into ruin but Louisa Heath­cote of Fri­day Hill paid for its restora­tion in 1930, when Chingford’s phe­nom­e­nal inter­war growth increased the need for places of wor­ship. One of the busiest builders in the area at this time was Read­er Bros, which had begun in Hack­ney in the 1890s. Mem­bers of the Read­er fam­i­ly lived in one of the company’s new­ly built hous­es on Welling­ton Avenue.

Parades of shops serve the local com­mu­ni­ty but Ching­ford Mount is no longer a focus for the wider dis­trict.

Members of the Kray family are buried at Chingford Mount cemetery, including the notorious gangster twins Ronnie and Reggie.

Postal district: E4
Further reading: Josephine Boyle, Builders of Repute: The Story of Reader Bros, Suitable Press, 2002
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