Living in Woodford

April 22nd 2018
By: Melanie Hollidge
Living in Woodford

Have you thought of living in Woodford? Sitting just a little bit North-East of the middle of London, Woodford has an easy commute to the centre. It also has plenty of open space with Epping Forest right on your doorstep. Indeed what’s not to like about the quiet and prosperous suburb of Woodford?

Woodford also has some good road connections to the North Circular, the M25 and the M11. Woodford is 10 miles north-east of central London with Chigwell and Loughton to the North, Barkingside to the east, Wanstead to the south and Walthamstow to the west.

Twenty-first century Woodford may look like a quiet peaceful suburb but it is not lacking character it has history to share.  Over the years it has even bred some impressive political figures. Winston Churchill, the great Tory wartime leader, was MP for Woodford from 1945 to 1964 and his statue stands on the corner of The Green. Clement Attlee, who succeeded Churchill as prime minister in the reforming post-war 1945 Labour government, lived on the favoured Monkhams Estate when he was MP for Walthamstow West from 1950 to 1956. 

In the year celebrating 100yrs of Suffrage, it’s interesting to know that Sylvia Pankhurst, the suffragette and peace campaigner once scandalised her neighbours in the High Road Woodford by setting up home in 1924 with her Italian anarchist lover Silvio Corio and renaming her home Red Cottage.

Today, Woodford is a bit more of a typical commuter town. There are still a good few grand period houses that remain from the days when Woodford was a place of rural retreat for wealthy City merchants. The large Victorian houses in Broomhill Road overlook The Green and the cricket pitch. Monkhams Estate, close to Woodford station, has detached and semi-detached Edwardian and Twenties houses. But then there is a good mix of other Victorian, Edwardian, and Twenties and Thirties detached, semi-detached properties and terrace houses, along with new-build flats.