Gidea Park shown within Greater London
|OS grid reference|
|– Charing Cross||15.2 mi (24.5 km) ENE|
|Ceremonial county||Greater London|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|London Assembly||Havering and Redbridge|
Gidea Park consists of "Romford Garden Suburb", which was constructed in 1910–11 on the Gidea Hall and Balgores estates as an exhibition of town planning. Small cottages and houses were designed by more than 100 architects, many of them of considerable reputation. A competition was held to select the best town planning scheme for the suburb – the best designs for houses resulted in those sold at a well-above average £500 and cottages at £375. The project, including a new railway station, was promoted by a company founded by three Liberal MPs who had links with the Hampstead Garden Suburb development: Herbert Raphael, John Tudor Walters (both later knighted) and Charles McCurdy.
Known as the "exhibition houses", and set in their garden suburb, the houses are fine examples of the domestic architecture of their time. Six of them are now Grade II listed buildings (the initial category of architectural recognition). Further houses, mostly of contemporary flat-roofed design, were built in 1934–35 in Heath Drive, Brook Road, and Eastern Avenue for a "Modern Homes" Exhibition. One such house (64 Heath Drive) by Berthold Lubetkin's Tecton Group architectural group was the special responsibility of Francis Skinner and is now Grade II listed.
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- W.R.Powell, ed. (1978). "Romford: Introduction". A History of the County of Essex: Volume 7. pp. 58–66. Retrieved 24 March 2012.
- "English Heritage listed building entry for 64 Heath Drive". English Heritage. Retrieved 25 October 2013.