Gidea Park

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Gidea Park
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Gidea Park is located in Greater London
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OS grid reference TQ525905
   – Charing Cross 15.2 mi (24.5 km)  ENE
London borough Havering
Ceremonial county Greater London
Region London
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town ROMFORD
Postcode district RM2
Dialling code 01708
Police Metropolitan
Fire London
Ambulance London
EU Parliament London
UK Parliament Romford
London Assembly Havering and Redbridge
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Coordinates: 51°35′33″N 0°12′09″E / 51.5926°N 0.2025°E / 51.5926; 0.2025

Gidea Park (/ˈɡɪdə.pɑrk/) is an east London district in the London Borough of Havering, England. It is a part of the Romford post town and is also known by the original name of Romford Garden Suburb.


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.[1]

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.[2]

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The Royal Liberty School in Upper Brentwood Road was the first school in Britain (and possibly in Europe) to install an electronic computer (an Elliot 903, in 1965).

Romford Hockey Club is in Gidea Park. Essex County Cricket Club played first-class cricket at the Gidea Park Sports Ground between 1950 and 1968.


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  1. ^ W.R.Powell, ed. (1978). "Romford: Introduction". A History of the County of Essex: Volume 7. pp. 58–66. Retrieved 24 March 2012. 
  2. ^ "English Heritage listed building entry for 64 Heath Drive". English Heritage. Retrieved 25 October 2013. 

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