Guide type: Area Guide
21st September 2016
Strategically situated next to the M11, M25 and North Circular, as well as having Central line connections, the whole of London is within easy reach for residents. Those who frequent Woodford value the abundance of green space, high quality educational facilities and its renowned urban village atmosphere.
Galliard Homes took advantage of this desirable living environment and has developed an exclusive private development, Highbeam House. This development is now sold out but for reference, details are listed below.
Nestled within expertly crafted landscaped gardens in a gated development, Highbeam House exudes an air of luxury usually reserved for the city. Residents of the luxurious two and three bedroom apartments and duplexes will no doubt be in for a treat, with an interior specification matching Galliard’s highest standards, and each property boasting a private terrace or balcony.
Few records of Woodford Green have survived from before 1600; by the 17th century the parish had expanded to house wealthy city merchants building personal country retreat homes in what was considered a rural village. Epping Forest, surrounding Woodford Green, has been preserved as an open space under the Act of 1878, and although the map has structurally changed dramatically in the last 200 years, Woodford Green’s defining feature has always been its green, open land. The transformation from the village of Woodford Green into the suburb it is today is somewhat contested as to when exactly it began. For some, the creation of the railway station in 1856 (which now exists today as Woodford Tube station) is pinpointed as the moment of change; however at the turn of the 20th century the population boomed, ensuring a construction of housing developments and estates to follow the trend, and eventually Woodford Green was absorbed into part of Greater London in 1965.
The most notable monument is that of Winston Churchill, who represented Woodford Green as the Member of Parliament between 1945 and 1964. The area is incredibly proud to have had the Prime Minister as their district representative and the statue has stood sentry over the green since 1959.
Royalty also presided in Woodford Green, and the Queen Elizabeth Hunting Lodge still stands from 1543, as a unique example of a surviving timber-framed hunting house. Currently, visitors can experience realistic exhibitions of Tudor festivals, food and culture nearly 480 years after the building was used by Henry VIII himself.
Located in Walthamstow, a short journey from Woodford Green, the William Morris Gallery is housed in the original Georgian house built in the 1740s in Lloyd Park. The Morris family lived there from 1848-1856 and the Grade II listed building was transformed in 1950 into the only gallery devoted to memorialising the artist.
Based on the original flagship restaurant in Puerto Banus, La Sala aims to create an atmosphere resonant of the complete dining experience clients have come to expect from this chain of Spanish restaurants. With rustic, Spanish cooking combined with live music performed five nights a week, the clientele La Sala attracts is varied: from Prince Albert of Monaco to Jamie Oliver and a host of football stars.
Mezze offers a variety of Turkish, Greek and Mediterranean cuisine from the comfort of your own borough. If venturing abroad to taste these dishes isn’t your thing, Mezze will give you an authentic Mediterranean experience combining Halloumi with Sautéed Sucuk, a traditional spicy Turkish sausage and Baba Ganush, a dish made of smoked aubergine.
With décor to rival any football fans’ biggest dreams, and a staff so friendly and attentive they know every name on your table, this traditional Italian restaurant is a hit with the locals and visitors alike. Although the queue can be long, it is worth the wait as the food is authentically Italian, but more so the atmosphere is bright and loud – a choice location for a family meal.
Woodford Golf Club, first established in 1890, is one of the oldest golf clubs in Essex, and a founding member of the Essex Golf Union. It boasts nearly 6,000 yards of green and is open all-year-round, hosting open golf events and societies for members.
Fairlop Waters, the largest country park and leisure facility in Redbridge is also close by; facilities include a floodlit driving range, a windsurfing and sailing lake, golf courses and a newly constructed High Ropes Climbing course to provide the opportunity for everyone to get involved.
Other than Winston Churchill and the royal family of the 16th century, other notable figures have passed through Woodford Green. Sylvia Pankhurst lived here for over 30 years towards the end of the First World War along with her partner, Italian anarchist Silvio Corio, with whom she had her son, Richard. A plaque by the Tube station commemorates her links to the suburb.
The A104 runs through Woodford Green creating the High Street and connecting it to Chigwell Road whilst the A113 runs past Broadmead Road on the East side. The M11 and the M25 connect around the edge of London, both less than a 10 minute connecting drive from Woodford Green.
A number of London bus routes run through Woodford, including the 20 to Walthamstow Central, or to Debden; the 179 to Chingford or to Ilford; the 275 to Walthamstow or to Barkingside; the 397 to South Chingford or to Debden; the W13 to Woodford Wells or to Leytonstone. It also connects the N55 night bus which runs from Oxford Circus to Woodford Wells.
Woodford Green is served by Woodford Tube station, approximately a 12 minute drive from the High Road; connecting the Central Line east and westbound, Woodford is also the link to the Hainault loop.