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Walford is a fictional borough of east London in the BBC soap opera EastEnders. The name Walford is both a street in Dalston where one of the series' creators, Tony Holland, lived and a blend of Walthamstow, where Holland was born, and Stratford. The suffix 'ford' is also found throughout East London, for example, South Woodford). Walford's London postcode district is E20 (real East London postcode districts only went up to E18 until 2011, when E20 was introduced to serve the London 2012 Olympic Park) and a fictional tube station, Walford East, which is located on the EastEnders tube map in the position normally occupied by the real Bromley-by-Bow tube station. Denise Fox also mentioned that Walford has another tube station called Walford West.
Locations used in Watford include most interior and exterior church scenes of various churches, the snooker club, the County Court and Magistrates' Courts courtrooms, and the cemetery (where most of the deceased characters are interred).
It has been suggested that Watford - a town situated just beyond London's borders in the county of Hertfordshire - was chosen for much of the exterior scenes due to its close proximity, and that the town name is so similar to Walford. Thus, any stray road signs or advertising boards which are accidentally filmed in the back of shots will appear to read Walford.
Places of interest
EastEnder's main location is the fictional Albert Square. The following fictional nearby locations are also frequently featured.
Bridge Street is the main street into Albert Square and is home to the Walford street market, which includes a fruit and vegetable stall originally run by Pete Beale, and later by Mark Fowler, Martin Fowler, Ian Beale and Lucy Beale. Businessman Ian once[when?] planned to remove the market in favour of a shopping centre, to the dislike of the residents and his family. In 2004, the residents celebrate 100 years of the market.
Bridge Street also includes many shops and businesses, such as a mini-supermarket named Minute Mart (originally First 'Til Last), which is owned by various people over the years including Patrick Trueman and Denise Fox. There is also the Walford launderette which is owned by Mr Papadopoulos, though he is rarely seen. The launderette is run by Dot Branning. Pauline Fowler works at the launderette until her death in 2006. Dot works with Pauline much of that time, and continues to run the launderette after Pauline's death. Shirley Carter, Yolande Trueman, Honey Mitchell, Heather Trott, Carol Jackson and Cora Cross also work there at various times.
Also in Bridge Street is Bridge Street Café. It is originally run by Ali and Sue Osman and Ian Beale is employed there. Ian later buys it and names it "Kathy's", after his mother. At one point, the café is named "Laura's" when it is owned by Phil Mitchell, though Ian buys it back and changes the name back. The café undergoes a refurbishment in 2009 after it is destroyed by fire. Ian then runs it with his wife Jane Beale until their divorce, when Jane becomes the sole owner, and Carol Jackson becomes the manager. Jane sells it to Phil, who buys it for his partner Shirley Carter calling it "Shirley's". Phil sells it back to Ian in 2012, who calls it "Mandy's", after his fiancee Mandy Salter. Ian's daughter Lucy Beale later renames it "Cindy's" after her mother Cindy Beale after Ian disappears and she disowns him. Lucy then becomes the owner of the café when she demands Ian to sign all his businesses over to her in case he disappears again. Ian later tricks Lucy into selling it back to him.
The name Bridge Street was chosen as the street connects Albert Square to the market.
Victoria Square is home to a number of bedsits that are considered to be low-class. These are usually used when characters find themselves homeless. Ian Beale owns a property here that he lets out.
The houses in George Street would seem to be a step up from the houses in Albert Square. There is also the Argee Bhajee, an Indian restaurant, which is bought by Masood Ahmed and Zainab Masood in 2010 and is run by themselves along with their son Tamwar until it is taken from them due to the mortgage being unpaid. There is also Walford East tube station, outside which Danielle Jones is run over and killed by Janine Butcher in April 2009. King George House is a Bed & Breakfast establishment on George Street where many characters have stayed. The squares public toilets can also be found here along with In For A Penny previously The Post Office and Gilly's Massage Parlour.
Turpin Way includes the local garage, Mitchell's Autos (informally known as The Arches), which is bought by the Mitchell brothers when they first arrive in Walford. It is briefly known as Beale's Wheels when Ian Beale owns it. Employees of the garage include Garry Hobbs, Minty Peterson, Carly Wicks, Ryan Malloy, Ricky Butcher, Jay Brown, Dexter Hartman and Connor Stanley. There is also a community centre (briefly a gym) and nearby is the playground.
In Turpin Road there is a bookmaker, once run by Carol Jackson; employees have included Glenda Mitchell, Ryan Malloy and Janine Butcher. There is also Beale's Plaice, the local chip shop, owned and run by Ian Beale. The Turpin Road war memorial is also here; it pays tribute to residents of Walford who died in the First and Second World Wars. However, in real life the memorial features names of people involved with EastEnders along with past stars. Walford Video is on Turpin Road for a number of years and managed by Nigel Bates, Barry Evans and later Billy Mitchell, until Phil Mitchell sells it to Manju Patel, who turns it into a Sari shop.
There is also a nightclub called R&R. It is originally named The Market Cellar until George Palmer buys the club and renames it the Cobra Club. When George moves, he sells it to Steve Owen who renames it e20. It is later sold to Sharon Watts who names it Angie's Den. In 2005 the club extends its space when Johnny Allen buys the next door snooker club. It is named Scarlet after Johnny's dead daughter. In 2007 Ronnie Mitchell buys the club with her business partner Jack Branning. Ronnie and sister Roxy Mitchell name it R&R. Under the R&R name, the club's ownership changes several times, and Phil Mitchell is the majority owner for most of the time after Jack sells his share. Roxy, Janine Butcher and Sharon are also part owners at various times. Janine also has a property management office, Butcher's Joints, next to R&R.
The post office on Turpin Road is managed by Zainab Masood until it becomes Gilly's Massage Parlour. The massage parlour is built in 2009 as a cover for a brothel that is run from there. 10 Turpin Road is a beauty salon, originally named SophistiKates and owned by Kate Mitchell. There she worked Chrissie Watts, whom she betrayed by having an affair with her husband, Den Watts. Following Kate's departure, SophistiKates closes. Following the arrival of Tanya Branning the salon is re-opened as Booty. She was later forced to sell. Roxy buys it and names it Roxy's, and employs Kim Fox, Jodie Gold and later Tanya as manager, whilst Syed Masood rents a room for his massage business. Roxy later sells the salon back to Tanya and she changes the name back to Booty. When Tanya leaves she sells Booty to Sadie Young who names it Beauty.
There is also a charity shop where Cora Cross works in 2012, and McKlunkies, a kebab/fried chicken fast-food restaurant, that replaced the original shop, Baratts Bargain Corner. Employees at McKlunkies have included Shirley Carter, Nico Papadopoulos, Fatboy, Liam Butcher and Abi Branning.
Walford Towers is a tower block of flats where various characters in EastEnders have lived over the years. Walford Towers can be seen from Albert Square (a real block of flats in Borehamwood called Canterbury House), though closer exterior shots of the building have used a variety of different towers through the years.
Pete, Kathy and Ian Beale lived in a flat in Walford Towers in 1985. Carol, Alan, Bianca, Robbie, Sonia, and Billie Jackson lived there before moving to Albert Square in 1994. Billy and Honey Mitchell moved with their children to a flat in Walford Towers in 2008 after a period of homelessness.
Walford's High Street is often mentioned by characters, who usually go there to buy items not available in the shops featured. The High Street was shown for the first time on 2 August 2013 with scenes featuring Whitney Dean and Kat Moon.
Daisy Lane is a street near to Walford police station, which was named after the daughter of Series Designer Steven Keogh.
Walford East tube station
Walford East is the fictional London Underground station in EastEnders. In the story the station is located a short distance from Albert Square. While sounds from the station and trains running on its associated rail lines can often be heard on the show, these are artificial and added to the soundtrack of episodes in post production as the station itself is a mock-up. The station first appeared in late 1985, when Lou Beale collapsed outside it, and was then aided by Sue Osman, who had just left the station, and Nick Cotton, who was nearby. The train sound was first heard in 1987 and the train's first appearance was in 1988 at Lou Beale's funeral. Trains did not appear again until 4 February 2010, when CGI was used in the show for the first time.
Several key scenes have occurred at this location, especially character arrivals and departures. It was the setting for the arrivals of Alfie Moon, Stacey Slater and Bert Atkinson, and the departures of Zoe Slater, Little Mo Mitchell, Steven Beale, Yolande Trueman, Charlie Slater, Jodie Gold, Ricky Butcher and Anthony Moon. Charlie's exit is the first time the platform has been seen.
It is supposedly on the District and Hammersmith & City Lines, and on the tube map on the wall of the station, it is shown to replace the real station of Bromley-by-Bow, being located between Bow Road and West Ham. In 2009, a Walford West tube station was mentioned on screen by character Denise Fox. Walford West has not been seen.
Walford is also home to Walford General Hospital, Walford Primary School, Walford High School and Walford Town Football Club and Walford College. Diggory Passage is another road whose sign is seen in promotional videos for EastEnders: E20.
- Albert Square
- List of fictional railway stations
- List of fictional rapid transit stations
- List of London Underground-related fiction
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