Goodmayes High Road
Goodmayes shown within Greater London
|OS grid reference|
|- Charing Cross||11 mi (18 km) WSW|
|Ceremonial county||Greater London|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|UK Parliament||Ilford South, Ilford North|
|London Assembly||Havering and Redbridge|
Goodmayes is a district in northeast London, England. It is a suburban development in the London Borough of Redbridge and forms part of the Ilford post town, situated approximately two miles to the east of Ilford town centre. Historically part of Essex, it was part of the Municipal Borough of Ilford until 1965 when it was incorporated into Greater London.
Goodmayes was largely undeveloped until the end of the 19th century, when large scale suburban development took place as London expanded. However, Goodmayes does appear on maps as early as the 1770s. Barley Lane is believed to be named after Dorothy Barley, last Abbess of nearby Barking Abbey (elected 1527). Most of the area here and in neighbouring Seven Kings was only built up between 1898 and 1910 by the developer A. C. Corbett who used new stations on the Great Eastern Railway to promote the new suburbs. Goodmayes station was built in 1901. Since then, little has changed in the area and the lines of Edwardian terraced housing continue to dominate the area with relatively few more recent additions.
Former extensive railway sidings near Goodmayes Station were closed in the 1970s and later redeveloped for retail purposes. A large Tesco store and a branch of Wickes now occupy the site.
Actor Cardew Robinson was born in Goodmayes on 14 August 1917. He is best remembered for character and cameo roles, the best known being the fakir in 'Carry-On Up the Khyber'. He died at Roehampton in 1992.
Actor Sir Ian Holm was born at Goodmayes Hospital on 12 September 1931, to Scottish parents, Jean Wilson Holm and James Harvey Cuthbert. His mother was a nurse and his father was a psychiatrist and superintendent of the West Ham Corporation Mental Hospital as Goodmayes Hospital was then known. Cuthbert was one of the pioneers of electric shock therapy for treating mental illness. Ian Holm was created a CBE in 1989 and was knighted in 1998.
Goodmayes was part of the Chadwell ward of the ancient parish of Barking, Essex. In 1888 the Chadwell and Great Ilford wards of Barking became a new parish of Ilford. This became Ilford Urban District in 1894 and was the Municipal Borough of Ilford from 1926 to 1965. The London Borough of Redbridge was formed in 1965 from Ilford and other areas.
Goodmayes Park, an area of open space containing a lake, basketball and tennis courts, is located here. It once contained a bandstand and a boathouse but these are no longer available. Another local park, Barley Lane Park, was an early example of Redbridge Council's equal opportunity policy. Here they employed a park keeper with a peg leg who vindicated this early enlightenment by doing an excellent job in maintaining the park and collecting the litter but had some difficulties in chasing the local children who dropped it.
There is also a psychiatric hospital in Barley Lane known as Goodmayes Hospital which forms part of the North East London NHS Foundation Trust. On Barley Lane, Brookside is based. Brookside is, according to 'the quality network for inpatient CAMHS services' (QNIC), an adolescent unit that provides a high standard of care. Brookside comprises Brookside Main, Interact Outreach service and the Willows at Brookside High Dependency Unit. Back in the 1970s the hospital was home to the finest conker trees in the district and the staff at the time in particular the Matron handled the potentially dangerous situation of there being local children on the roof to get at the best conkers extremely sensitively, striking a fine balance between Health and Safety, the care for her patients - who were alarmed by seeing 'kids on the roof' and the understanding of the desire to reap the conker harvest. It is believe that the King brothers famous 'fourteener' was sourced here.
The nearest London Underground stations are Barking — on the District Line and Hammersmith and City Line, and Newbury Park — on the Central Line. Goodmayes railway station is a part of the National Rail network, with trains to London Liverpool Street.
Local Scout groups
Goodmayes is home to various local Scout groups, most notably 4th Goodmayes who are located on Barley Lane next to St Pauls Church. Established for 86 years their home is traditionally called the Gaffery which has had many different buildings in the past but they have remained on the same site. The group's current home is incorporated within the St Paul's Community Centre, which opened in 2006. Ages start from 6 up to 14 with the three sections called the Beavers, the Cubs and the Scouts. In 2010 they opened up their own Explorer Unit for 14 to 18 year olds and incorporated it into a Young Leader Scheme, providing trained and qualified young leaders for other Scouting sections to assist their leaders. 
7th Goodmayes scout group was established in 2006 and has over 100 members. It is the first scout group in East London to be run by Muslims. It has accomplished many tasks and activities, including visiting the House of Lords, Buckingham Palace, and partaking in numerous water sports activities including rafting, sailing, kayaking and canoeing. The group also aims to contribute to the community through activities such as tree planting and a sponsored walk for Comic Relief raising over 1000 pounds. Other activities include archery, wall climbing, camping, etc.
- Victoria County History: A History of the County of Essex Volume 5, Chapter 36 The Borough of Ilford (1966)
- Cherry, O'Brien and Pevsner, The Buildings of England - London 5: East (2005), Yale University Press, New Haven ISBN 0-300-10701-3
- 4th Goodmayes Scout Group - Webpage
- BBC News - Comic Relief
- 7th Goodmayes Scout Group - Webpage