Chigwell is “the greatest place in the world”

June 2nd 2019
By: Melanie Hollidge
Chigwell is “the greatest place in the world”

“Chigwell, my dear fellow, is the greatest place in the world,” said Charles Dickens.  In the 1800s Chigwell was a favourite destination for Charles Dickens. In his novel Barnaby Rudge, the Maypole Inn of the book was reportedly based on the Kings Head Inn and its name was taken from the Maypole pub in Chigwell Row. Charles Dickens once described Chigwell as: “the greatest place in the world…Such a delicious old inn opposite the church…such beautiful forest scenery…such an out of the way place!”

Along with Loughton and Woodford, Chigwell is still a location, location, location to aspire to. It can be found around 12 miles east of the heart of London and is part of the 'Essex Golden Triangle'.  It still has a largely rural feel, without the encroaching grey of many other suburban areas close to the capital. With tree-lined streets and plenty of garden space complemented by a village atmosphere that is centred on the Chigwell High Road.

Chigwell, Loughton and Woodford sit within the Greater London Urban Area, even though they were once a rural farming location they have become some of the most sought after addresses around. Chigwell is not only popular due to being so close to London but for all its local amenities, in particular, the historic Epping Forest. 

Nature is one of the reasons many people choose Chigwell, Loughton and Woodford as home.  The area not only has proximity to Epping Forest, London's largest open space but is also close to the open fields of Hainault Forest Country Park and Roding Valley Meadows Nature Reserve, a haven for wildlife and wildflowers. 

If it’s “the greatest place in the world” you are looking for the Chigwell, Loughton and Woodford areas could be your location. The area is as suited to couples and individuals’ looking for a more rural feel to their homes as it is to families wanting more space.