Roydon shown within Essex
|Area||7.022 km2 (2.711 sq mi)|
|– density||312/km2 (810/sq mi)|
|OS grid reference|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Ambulance||East of England|
|EU Parliament||East of England|
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.
|381/382||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|
Roydon is famous for its black poplar trees, particularly the World's End Poplar. The Roydon Countrycare Section of the Roydon Society received £3,467 from the Heritage Lottery Fund for the Black Poplar Project.
Roydon Marina Village
The village is the home of the Roydon Marina Village. The 32 acres (13 ha) holiday complex comprises a 315 berth marina, camp site, holiday lodges, residential homes, hotel and restaurant called Pizza and Steak. The area encompasses Roydon Mill, a three-storey, brick-built mill, built in 1906.
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.
Roydon Village Hall was built in 1920 and is well used by local groups.
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.
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.
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. 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. 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.
Following a successful fundraising campaign money was raised for tennis courts to be built in the village in 1989. The courts were resurfaced in 2001 with benches, donated by the club president, added in 2006.
The club holds regular club nights and club tournaments including open mixed, men’s and women’s singles. The club also organises junior and youth coaching during the summer term, and social events including an autumn barbecue and winter wine tasting fundraiser.
- TV Entertainer, Michael Barrymore
- Actor, Ray Winstone
- Actress, Jaime Winstone
- Physicist, Sir Ralph Howard Fowler
- Politician, Lord Rushcliffe
- ONS 2011 census
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- Countryside Management Service
- Local Heritage Initiative
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- Roydon C.C News Retrieved 29 April 2009
- Roydon C.C History Retrieved 29 June 2009
- A Brief History of Roydon F.C. Retrieved 7 July 2007
- Roydon at the Football Club History Database
- Police search Barrymore's house
- Barrymore 'seeking help for problems'
- Palmer, Alun (20 May 2008). "Ray Winstone exclusive: The hard times". The Mirror.
- "Ray Winstone: The hard man". The Independent. 6 May 2006.
- "Winstone's wild child". The Mail on Sunday. 9 February 2007.
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