Woodford Green

Woodford Green
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Woodford Green Broadway
Woodford Green is located in Greater London
Woodford Green
Woodford Green
Location within Greater London
OS grid referenceTQ405915
London borough
Ceremonial countyGreater London
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtIG8
Dialling code020
UK Parliament
London Assembly
List of places
51°36′18″N 0°01′12″E / 51.605°N 0.020°E / 51.605; 0.020Coordinates: 51°36′18″N 0°01′12″E / 51.605°N 0.020°E / 51.605; 0.020
Woodford Green, from a postcard sent in 1913

Woodford Green is an area of Woodford in East London, England, within the London Borough of Redbridge. It adjoins Buckhurst Hill to the north, Woodford Bridge to the east, South Woodford to the south, and Chingford to the west. Epping Forest runs through Woodford Green in the west of the area, 9.4 miles (15.1 km) north-east of Charing Cross.

It was a hamlet in the ancient civil parish of Woodford St Mary, in the historic county of Essex, becoming an urban district in 1894. For administrative purposes, this merged with the Wanstead Urban District to form the Wanstead and Woodford Urban District in 1934. In 1965, the urban district became part of the London Borough of Redbridge.


Woodford Green is part of the Parliamentary Constituency of Chingford and Woodford Green, represented since its creation in 1997 by Iain Duncan Smith, leader of the Conservative Party from 2001 to 2003. He was Secretary of State for Work and Pensions from 2010 to 2016. Duncan Smith is a successor of Sir Winston Churchill, who was also MP for this area and is commemorated by a statue on Woodford Green erected in 1959.

In the 1920s and 1930s, Clement Attlee, later Labour Prime Minister from 1945 to 1951, lived in Woodford Green, the seat of his political adversary, Winston Churchill. A Blue Plaque records the fact on a house in Monkhams Avenue.

Sylvia Pankhurst lived in Woodford Green from 1924 to 1956, originally in the High Road, and from 1933 in Charteris Road.[1] In 1935, Pankhurst commissioned and dedicated a memorial in Woodford High Road to the victims of Italian aerial bombing in Ethiopia, known as the Anti-Air War Memorial.[2]



Woodford Green Cricket Club was founded in 1735 and is the oldest cricket club in the world that still plays on the original ground[citation needed] alongside the High Road. The club has teams for all age groups with the senior teams playing in the Hamro Essex League.


Woodford Green with Essex Ladies is one of the leading British athletics clubs and is based at Ashton Fields. The club topped Division 1 of the British Athletics League for the first time in 2005.[citation needed]


Primary schools

Secondary schools

Special needs schools

  • Hatton School


Woodford Green is represented by the Monkhams electoral ward in the London Borough of Redbridge. It ranks as one of the highest income areas of Greater London.[3]

Notable people

Winston Churchill Twice Prime Minister, was MP for Epping (1924-1945) and, subsequently, Wanstead and Woodford (1945-1964) both of which included Woodford. He is commemorated by a statue on Woodford Green.

Transport and locale

Roads and buses

The A104 runs through Woodford Green and forms its High Street while Chigwell Road, the A113, runs along the east side with Broadmead Road connecting the two. Woodford Green is served by Woodford tube station.

Various London Buses routes also connect Woodford Green with nearby major towns:

Route Number Route Serving in Woodford Green Operator
20 Walthamstow Central station National Rail London Underground to Debden tube station London Underground via Whipps Cross, Loughton Woodford New Road, High Road (The Green) Go-Ahead London
179 Chingford Station National Rail to Ilford High Road via South Woodford Whitehall Road, High Road (The Green), High Road Woodford Green Stagecoach London
275 St James Street railway station National Rail to Barkingside Tesco via Highams Park, Woodford Chingford Lane, Broadmead Road, Woodford Station Stagecoach London
397 South Chingford Sainsbury's to Debden Broadway London Underground via Chingford, Loughton Whitehall Road CT Plus
W13 Woodford Wells Horse & Well to Leytonstone station London Underground via Wanstead High Road (The Green), High Road Woodford Green CT Plus (See route N55 for a night service)
N55 Night Bus Woodford Wells Horse & Well to Oxford Circus London Underground via Leytonstone High Road (The Green), High Road Woodford Green Stagecoach London

Nearest places

The nearest London Underground stations are Woodford, South Woodford and Roding Valley on the Central line.

See also