Heath Park

Heath Park, Havering

An Edwardian estate situated on the east side of Romford, south of Gidea Park

Hidden London: Heath Park Road by Malc McDonald

Like nearby Squirrel’s Heath, Heath Park’s name recalls the former heathland here. From the late Middle Ages this was the south-eastern corner of the manor of Stewards, which covered a swathe of land to the east of Romford. The Eastern Counties Railway cut the manor in half in the 1840s and the area nearest to Romford was sold and developed on both sides of the line during the second half of the 19th century.

The Heath Park estate was laid out in the early years of the 20th century in a scheme that marked the expansion of Romford towards and beyond the railway line to Upminster. Many of the prop­er­ties were bay-fronted and gener­ously propor­tioned, espe­cially on Heath Park Road, and possessed fairly large gardens, although infilling has subse­quently encroached on some of these.

Heath Park girls’ school merged with Romford county high school in 1972 to form what is now the Frances Bardsley academy for girls.

In 2003 the lower school site, in Heath Park Road, was sold to developer Crest Nicholson for an upmarket housing devel­op­ment. The sale raised £7.5 million, which has been ploughed back into improve­ments and exten­sions to the upper school buildings on Brentwood Road.

This Heath Park should not be confused with Dagenham council’s estate of the same name, built to the east of Becontree in the 1950s.

Postcode areas: Romford RM2 and RM1 and Hornchurch RM11


* The picture of Heath Park Road, Gidea Park on this page is enlarged from an original photograph, copyright Malc McDonald, 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.