Buckhurst Hill

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Buckhurst Hill
Buckhurst Hill - Church of St John the Baptist - geograph.org.uk - 648995.jpg
The parish church of St John the Baptist was built in 1838
Buckhurst Hill is located in Essex
Buckhurst Hill
Buckhurst Hill
Buckhurst Hill shown within Essex
Population 11,380 (2011)[1]
OS grid reference TQ415935
• London 10.0 mi (16.1 km) SW
Civil parish
  • Buckhurst Hill
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Buckhurst Hill
Postcode district IG9
Dialling code 020
Police Essex
Fire Essex
Ambulance East of England
EU Parliament East of England
UK Parliament
Website www.essexinfo.net/buckhurst-hill-parish-council
List of places
51°37′55″N 0°02′10″E / 51.632°N 0.036°E / 51.632; 0.036Coordinates: 51°37′55″N 0°02′10″E / 51.632°N 0.036°E / 51.632; 0.036

Buckhurst Hill is a suburban town in the Epping Forest District of Essex. Adjacent to the northern boundary of Greater London, it is considered part of the metropolitan area of London and the Greater London Urban Area. Buckhurst Hill developed following the opening of a railway line in 1856 – originally part of the Eastern Counties Railway, but now on the Central line of the London Underground.


The first mention of Buckhurst Hill is in 1135, when reference was made to "La Bocherste", becoming in later years "Bucket Hill", originally meaning a hill covered with beech trees.[2] It lay in Epping Forest and consisted of only a few scattered houses along the ancient road from Woodford to Loughton. Before the building of the railways Buckhurst Hill was on the stage coach route between London and Cambridge, Norwich, Bury St Edmunds and Dunmow. Originally it was a part of the parish of Chigwell; there was no road connecting the two communities and in order to get to church, parishioners had to ford the River Roding at Woodford.[3] The Parish Church of St John was built in 1838 as a chapel of ease but did not become a separate ecclesiastical parish until 1867.[4] St John's National School was also built in 1838. The lord of the manor gave a site next to the church; the building cost £209, most of which was donated by the church congregation.[5] The opening of Buckhurst Hill Station in 1856 saw a rapid expansion in the population of the area; nearly six hundred new houses had been built near the station by 1871. Some of the land for this expansion was enclosed from Epping Forest, before this practice was halted by the Epping Forest Act, 1878.

The civil parish of Buckhurst Hill became Buckhurst Hill Urban District in 1894. In 1933, it was merged with the Chigwell and Loughton Urban District to form the Chigwell Urban District.[6] A further merger with Epping Urban District, Waltham Holy Cross Urban District and most of Epping and Ongar Rural District in 1974 brought Buckhurst Hill into Epping Forest District,[7] and in 1996, Buckhurst Hill Parish Council was established as a first tier of local government.[8]


It is at the western edge of Essex, 10.7 miles (17.2 km) northeast of Charing Cross and near to the boundary with the London Borough of Redbridge. Parts of Epping Forest are in Buckhurst Hill intermingled with residential areas.


Buckhurst Hill is served by two London Underground stations: Buckhurst Hill tube station (in London fare zone 5) and Roding Valley tube station (in London fare zone 4), which are on the Central Line. The line directly links the area to central London, as well as local areas including Woodford, South Woodford, Leytonstone, Epping and Loughton. Also, from nearby Chingford Station, services can be used to reach London Liverpool Street via Walthamstow and Hackney. Bus service 397 can be used to reach Chingford Station. Most bus routes serving Buckhurst Hill are London Buses services (despite being outside the London Buses zone).


It was featured on the ITV1 series Essex Wives a programme about women in the area who were in business or fairly well-off. With Loughton and Chigwell, it is said to form part of the Essex golden triangle of wealthy places. Filming for The Only Way Is Essex takes place on Queens Road and at Belles & Beaus and Pet Couture. It is also home to both Buckhurst Hill Football Club and Premier SNEL side Buckhurst Hill Cricket Club.

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  1. ^ "Town population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 1 September 2016. 
  2. ^ Reaney, Percy Hide (10 June 2017). "The Place-Names of Essex". The University Press – via Google Books. 
  3. ^ [A History of the County of Essex: Volume 4: Ongar Hundred. W R Powell (Editor), 1956 (pp 18–22) http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=15534]
  4. ^ "Chigwell: Churches - British History Online". www.british-history.ac.uk. 
  5. ^ "Chigwell: Schools - British History Online". www.british-history.ac.uk. 
  6. ^ "Chigwell: Introduction - British History Online". www.british-history.ac.uk. 
  7. ^ "Epping Forest District Council: History of the District". 
  8. ^ "BUCKHURST HILL PARISH COUNCIL - About Buckhurst Hill". www.essexinfo.net. 
  9. ^ Kneale, Kenneth (1992); Essex Heritage, Leopards Head Press, pp.3-14. ISBN 0904920232
  10. ^ Morris, Richard; "Sir William Addison (1905-1992) – a retrospective" in Loughton and District Historical Society: Newsletter 165, March/April 2005, pp.3-5
  11. ^ Winchester College, A Register, 1974, page 108

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