E4 (Waltham Forest) area guide

Waltham Forest
E4 is located to the east of King George Reservoir and William Girling Reservoir and incorporates part of the latter. To the north the area stops short of Lippitts Hill, south of the M25, and to the east Woodford New Road and Epping New Road act as an approximate boundary. To the south the postcode district is demarcated by the A406, also known as the North Circular Road and the Southend Road. The area incorporates Seward Stone and Chingford.

The E4 postcode district lies within or includes part of the following towns, counties, localities, electoral wards and stations: Chapel End, Chingford, Chingford Green, Chingford Station, Endlebury, Essex, Hale End and Highams Park, Hatch Lane, Higham Hill, Highams Park Station, Larkswood, London, Valley, Waltham Abbey High Beach, Waltham Forest.
The main town in postcode district E4 is Chingford, which takes its name from the Saxon translation of ‘dwellers by the stumpy ford’.

Chingford is home to Queen Elizabeth’s Hunting Lodge, which was built for King Henry VIII in 1543. Pole Hill in E4 is also the location of a granite obelisk erected by Reverend John Pond, to mark true north for Greenwich Royal Observatory (although it was later revealed to be almost 6 metres west of true north).

E4, which is located approximately 10 miles from London’s West End, was largely rural, agricultural land, operating under the manorial system, until the arrival of the railway in 1873. As is commonplace with London suburbs, the arrival of the railway spelled change and the area began to develop. The area became increasingly popular as city dwellers moved further out, taking advantage of the newly available option to commute, thus allowing them to enjoy the countryside of Epping Forest and the employment opportunities of London City. The demand for land grew and many of the farms and open spaces were sold to accommodate new housing and shops.
The area of E4 is a mixture of rural and residential land, with the green open spaces dominating the northern side of the postcode district nearer the green belt, and the residential land being primarily around Chingford Town Centre at the southern end of the postcode district, nearer London city centre.

Some streets in the north of Chingford are especially green, particularly those around Woodberry Way and Forest View, which back onto West Essex. The homes in this area are ideally suited for families, as there are a variety of detached and semi-detached properties with gardens. Likewise, Scholars Road further south is made up of terraced and semi-detached properties.

First time buyers could be advised to head to Retingham Way or Godwin Close, where a two bed flat in a purpose built block can be picked up for less than the postcode average. Cherrydown Avenue is another affordable area which has a number of three bedroom flats. Hall Lane has some attractive modern flats in purpose built blocks, located around a courtyard, whilst Westward Road has some more affordable terraced homes.
The nearest railway stations in E4 are Chingford Railway Station on Station Road (which travels to Liverpool Street Station in Central London) and Highams Park Railway Station on Station Approach. There are also many bus routes serving Chingford and a night bus from Trafalgar Square (N26).

Gilwell Park on Bury Road, is a large green space which includes a wooded area. The park is an ideal place to relax, walk and play and is a haven for wildlife.

Normanhurst School on Station Road is a well known privately-owned independent school, which has been described as "the best school of its type in London".

Some famous footballers have links with Chingford, such as David Beckham, who grew up in the area and attended Chingford School on Nevin Drive. Teddy Sheringham, another famous footballer, lives in the area.