RM6 (Redbridge) area guide

To the south, RM6 is demarcated by the train tracks parallel to the High Road. To the west it is bordered by Barley Lane and Hainault Road. To the north it stretches as far as Forest Road and Romford Road, whilst the eastern boundary spreads a little further east than Whalebone Lane North. The RM6 postcode district lies within or includes part of the following towns, counties, localities, electoral wards and stations: Aldborough, Barking And Dagenham, Brooklands, Chadwell, Chadwell Heath, Little Heath, Redbridge, Romford, Seven Kings, Whalebone.
The name Whalebone Lane comes from a local legend that there was once an arch made out of the jawbone of a whale, which had become beached a few miles away during a terrible storm in 1658. There is much written evidence to support this story. However, although the area has been inhabited for several centuries, its main phase of residential development was during the interwar period.
The area around Chadwell Heath has some extremely affordable properties, considering its proximity to London. For the older resident, Portland Close, Cunningham Close and the High Road have some retirement flats for less than £100,000. For those starting out on the property ladder, Nash Road and Blacksmiths Close have 1 bedroom homes in purpose built blocks with asking prices of under £125,000. For those looking for a two bedroom home, the Essex Road has a modern block with flats that reach asking prices of less than £165,000, whilst a conversion on Grove Road reached a similar asking price in the same period. Lake Road and Grove Road offer two bed terraced houses with asking prices of around £200,000, whilst those in search of a three bedroom home may find an affordable terrace for less than £225,000 in Bagley Springs, Padnall Road, Billet Road or Rose Lane.

The most affluent and desirable area is that to the east of St. Chads Park. Chadwell Heath Lane, Eva Road and St Chads Road all have detached and semi-detached family homes with asking prices of around £500,000.
For grocery shopping trips, residents can visit the High Road in Chadwell Heath, which is home to a giant Tesco Extra. Alternatively, ASDA and Sainsbury’s are a bus ride away. The High Road is also home to the usual parade of jewellery shops, fast food outlets, newsagents, convenience stores, restaurants and banks.

The Chadwell Arms, The White Horse, Coopers Arms and Eva Hart are a few of the well-frequented pubs in the vicinity. Some of these are renowned for offering traditional real ales.

Trains running parallel to Chadwell Heath High Road stop at Chadwell Heath and Goodmayes train stations, which provide fast trains to Liverpool Street (20 minutes) and for those interested in the upcoming London Olympics 2012, Stratford (15 minutes). The area is well served with buses running to Romford, Ilford, and the tube stations of Becontree, Dagenham Heathway and Barking.

Not far from the High Road, bordered by Alexandra Road, is a small 14-acre Victorian-style park which dates from 1830 and is now home to a children’s play area, 2 football pitches, 4 tennis courts, cricket facilities and 2 bowling greens. On a less “green” note, there are some unpleasant facts about the area which have surfaced over the past few years. This refers in particular to residents voicing their concern over the chronic littering in certain parts of the area.

The area is conveniently surrounded by a number of towns, including Ilford, which are better equipped to fulfil the shopping and recreation needs of locals. Chadwell Heath is a short drive away from the M25 and the M11.