Coordinates: 51°38′17″N 0°07′48″E / 51.638°N 0.130°E / 51.638; 0.130
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Lambourne Parish Church - - 91262.jpg
The church of St. Mary and All Saints
Lambourne is located in Essex
Location within Essex
Area10.5 km2 (4.1 sq mi)
Population1,828 (2001)[1]
2,013 (2011)[2]
• Density174/km2 (450/sq mi)
OS grid referenceTQ479961
• London14.5 mi (23.3 km) SW
Civil parish
  • Lambourne
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townROMFORD
Postcode districtRM4
Dialling code020
AmbulanceEast of England
UK Parliament
List of places
51°38′17″N 0°07′48″E / 51.638°N 0.130°E / 51.638; 0.130

Lambourne is a civil parish in the Epping Forest district of Essex, England. It is located approximately 4.5 miles (7 km) South of Epping and 5 miles (8 km) northwest of Romford. It covers an area of 2,590 acres (1,050 ha), and in 2001 its population was 1,828,[1] increasing to 2,013 at the 2011 Census.[2]


Like much of the neighbouring area, Lambourne was thickly wooded in the Middle Ages with forest gradually being cleared for agriculture. A few remnants of the historic Hainault Forest are found in the southern fringe of the parish, and now form part of a country park.

Its population was 505 in 1801 rising to 904 by 1841, remaining at about that level for the next century.[3]

Historically Lambourne was included in the hundred of Ongar. It formed part of the Ongar Rural District from 1894 to 1955, and then Epping and Ongar Rural District until it became part of Epping Forest District in 1974.


The parish is mostly rural and agricultural, and lies in the valley of the River Roding which forms the northern boundary of the parish. The parish is mostly hilly, rising to above 100 metres in its centre. There is no actual village called Lambourne, the principal settlement being the village of Abridge in the far northwest of the parish, with the other main concentration of houses at the hamlet of Lambourne End to the south. A scattering of farms and houses is found throughout the rest of the parish. To the south of the parish, and extending into Greater London, is Hainault Forest Country Park, managed by the Woodland Trust. Postal addresses in the parish come under the RM4 postcode district of the Romford post town.


The medieval parish church of St Mary is in an isolated location next to the Hall, as is typical for Essex, rather than near a centre of population. It has an unusual Georgian internal remodelling.[4] Lieutenant Colonel Amelius Lockwood, 1st Baron Lambourne, soldier and politician, is buried in the churchyard.


Stapleford Aerodrome is located in the east of the parish. Another aviation connection is its status as the location of LAM,[5] a VOR navigational beacon which anchors the North East (NE) Arrival Stack for London Heathrow Airport (ICAO: EGLL / IATA: LHR), which along with Biggin Hill (BIG - SE Arrivals), Bovingdon, Hertfordshire (BNN - NW Arrivals) and Ockham, Surrey (OCK - SW Arrivals) are London's main holds.


  1. ^ a b "Lambourne". Archived from the original on 13 November 2004. Retrieved 5 September 2007.
  2. ^ a b "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 31 August 2016.
  3. ^ Lambourne: Introduction, A History of the County of Essex: Volume 4: Ongar Hundred (1956), pp. 72-6. URL: Date accessed: 20 August 2007.
  4. ^ Jenkins, Simon (1999) England's Thousand Best Churches Allen Lane, ISBN 0-7139-9281-6
  5. ^ LAM VOR