Thinking of making the move out of London this year? Make sure you check out Chigwell. Chigwell is easy to get to on London Underground. The station is in the town of Chigwell in the Epping Forest district of Essex. It is located on the Hainault Loop of the Central line, between Grange Hill and Roding Valley stations and is in Travelcard Zone 4.
It may be on the tube but Chigwell, Loughton and Woodford still feel like villages in the country. There is loads of green space and the fantastic resource of Epping Forest for riding, walking running and generally strolling about is nearby. Particularly attractive to some is an 18-hole golf course situated on the border of Epping Forest.
Through history Chigwell has attracted its fair share of attention and admiration, Charles Dickens once wrote to a friend, 'Chigwell, my dear fellow, is the greatest place in the world'. Some say the Maypole Inn, featured in his novel Barnaby Rudge was based on the King's Head Inn in Chigwell. The King's Head has also counted Winston Churchill among its patrons on visits to his Woodford Green constituency.
Not far away from this landmark of Chigwell stands one of the oldest public schools in the country, founded at the request of Samuel Harsnett, Archbishop of York, in 1629. William Penn, who went on to found Pennsylvania is among its many famous past pupils. The original 17th-century schoolroom where Penn was taught still exists and is used as the school library.
But Chigwell also has all the comforts of modern living and has long been a desirable place to live, with residents wanting to work in the heart of the city while appreciating a taste of village life. Check out Chigwell, Loughton and Woodford as areas of striking high-class property if you are looking for a change this year.