Roydon, Essex

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Roydon
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Roydon, Essex
Roydon is located in Essex
Roydon
Roydon
 Roydon shown within Essex
Area  7.022 km2 (2.711 sq mi)
Population 2,193 [1]
   – density  312 /km2 (810 /sq mi)
OS grid reference TL408102
Civil parish Roydon
District Epping Forest
Shire county Essex
Region East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town HARLOW
Postcode district CM19
Dialling code 01279
Police Essex
Fire Essex
Ambulance East of England
EU Parliament East of England
UK Parliament Harlow
List of places
UK
England
Essex

Coordinates: 51°46′23″N 0°02′23″E / 51.773°N 0.0396°E / 51.773; 0.0396

Roydon is a small village located in the Epping Forest district of the County of Essex, England. It is located 1.5 miles (2.4 km) west of Harlow, 3.5 miles (5.7 km) east of Hoddesdon and 4.6 miles (7.4 km) north-west of Epping.

It lies on the Stort Navigation and River Stort. The village is recorded in the Domesday Book as Ruindune and appears later as Reidona in c. 1130, as Reindon in 1204, and as Roindon in 1208.[2]

The village has a village shop, Sub Post Office, Pharmacy and Church. The Church, St Peter's, dates from the Middle Ages and was given Grade I listed status on 20 February 1967.[3]

Transport[edit]

Train[edit]

The village is served by Roydon railway station on the West Anglia Main Line, with trains operated by Greater Anglia linking the village to London Liverpool Street and Cambridge.

Bus[edit]

Route number Route Notes
381/382 Handicapped/disabled access Toot Hill to Harlow Bus Station via Epping, Epping Green, Roydon Mon-Sat
391 Bumbles Green Telephone Exchange to Harlow Bus Station via Lower Nazeing, Roydon Mon-Fri

Education[edit]

The village has its own primary school, Roydon County Primary School.[4] The original school building was built in 1876.[5]

Poplars[edit]

Roydon is famous for its black poplar trees, particularly the World's End Poplar.[6] The Roydon Countrycare Section of the Roydon Society received £3,467 from the Heritage Lottery Fund for the Black Poplar Project.[7]

Recreation[edit]

Roydon Marina Village[edit]

The village is the home of the Roydon Marina Village.[8] The 32 acres (13 ha) holiday complex comprises a 315 berth marina, camp site, holiday lodges, residential homes, hotel and a bar and restaurant called Hendersons Bar & Grill.[9] The area encompasses Roydon Mill, a two-storey, brick-built mill, built in 1906.[10]

Angling is available in the park includes a section of the River Stort, the weir pool and a mature gravel pit. Further to the west is the 120 acres (49 ha) Glen Faba lake which is part of the Lee Valley Park. The name Glen Faba comes from a chalet park that was compulsorily purchased by Epping Forest District Council in the early 1970s.[11]

Restaurants[edit]

Roydon has two dedicated restaurants located in the High Street: Bengal Lancers, an Indian restaurant and Franco's a family-run Italian restaurant.

Pubs[edit]

Roydon has three pubs located in the High Street: The New Inn,[12] The Crusader[13] and The White Hart.[14]

Village Hall[edit]

Roydon Village Hall was built in 1920[15] and is well used by local groups.

Sport[edit]

Cricket[edit]

The local village cricket team, Roydon C.C., play friendly games throughout spring and summer, mainly on Sundays but with the occasional Friday/Monday game.[16]

An existing newspaper report dated from 1834 features a scorecard whereby Roydon beat Bishop's Stortford by an innings in a one day game that took place in the village. The current cricket ground (along with the football pitches and tennis courts) is situated at the southern end of Occupation Lane.[17]

Football[edit]

The local football team, Roydon F.C., are members of the Essex Olympian Football League Division One and play at Harlow Road. Formed in 1901, the club played in the Hertford & District League from soon after their formation until the 2000-01 season, when they won each of the Hertford & District League Premier Division championship and the Hertford & District League Jubilee Cup for the first time.[18] They joined the Essex Intermediate League Division Three in 2001, and were runners-up in their first season, winning promotion to the Essex Intermediate League Division Two.[19] They were runners-up of Division Two in 2004-05, and, because of the renaming of the league at this time, won promotion to the Essex Olympian Football League Division One.

Notable residents[edit]

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