A densely built-up, multi-ethnic (but primarily South Asian) locality in south Ilford
The medieval manor of Loxford (which probably began as the ford of a man called Locc) was in the possession of Barking Abbey and in 1319 the Abbess of Barking was licensed to fell oaks in Hainault Forest to rebuild her house here after a fire.
The present Loxford Hall was built c.1840 and enlarged in the 1860s. The hall nowadays serves as a child and family consultation centre for the North East London Mental Health Trust. Redbridge council’s conservation expert points out that the building has been “spoilt by inept alterations and extensions.”
The terraced street plan of the Loxford Hall estate was laid out at the end of the 19th century as one of a cluster of developments that filled southern Ilford with relatively small and cheap houses. Loxford county school opened in 1904. An infants department was added in 1931, later becoming Woodlands school.
In the early 21st century – before austerity took hold – this deprived locality benefited from substantial investment in improved amenities, aiming to cope with its rapid population growth. Loxford Polyclinic was built on the site of the Plough public house and an entirely new Loxford school has replaced its 1970s predecessor – at a cost of £40 million. The school is divided into primary (shown in the photo above), secondary and sixth form ‘phases’.
Except in the context of the clinic and the schools, Loxford’s name is rarely used by locals, who tend to refer to the area as ‘south Ilford’ or ‘the Barking end of Ilford Lane’.
Loxford’s main ethnic subgroups are of Pakistani, Indian, white British and Bangladeshi descent, in that order, and its South Asian community is served by a variety of specialist shops on Ilford Lane. Loxford has the largest Pakistani population of any ward in London by a considerable margin and has the highest population density in the London Borough of Redbridge.
The boxer Nigel Benn grew up in a three-bedroom, terraced house on Henley Road and attended Woodlands school and Loxford school.
Postcode area: Ilford, IG1
Population: 16,544 (2011 census)
Website: London Gardens Online: Loxford Park