River Ching

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River Ching
The River Ching - geograph.org.uk - 41495.jpg
Physical characteristics
 - location
River Lea

The River Ching is a tributary of the River Lea. It originates in Epping Forest and flows south and then west for 6 miles (9.5 km), joining the Lea by the Banbury Reservoir in South Chingford.[1][2] It is dammed twice, the first time to form Connaught Water, in the parishes of Loughton and Waltham Abbey, and again at Highams Park.[3] The river runs through Chingford, but the name of the river is a back-formation from the name of that area, rather than the town being named after the river.[4]

In 2009, Thames Water announced a study aimed at reducing pollution of the river in its lower reaches caused by domestic waste water from sinks, showers, dishwashers, and washing machines.[5]


  1. ^ "Ching Brook". environment.data.gov.uk. Retrieved 23 February 2018.
  2. ^ "River Ching". londonslostrivers.com. Retrieved 23 February 2018.
  3. ^ Banister, Len (19 July 2007). "Route of the River Ching". East London and West Essex Guardian Series. Retrieved 23 February 2018.
  4. ^ Hagger, Nicholas (2012). "2: Anglo Saxons and Normans". A view of Epping Forest. Ropley: O Books. p. 44. ISBN 978-1-84694-587-8.
  5. ^ "Thames helps prevent poor plumbing polluting River Ching". thameswater.co.uk. Thames Water. Retrieved 7 September 2014.

Coordinates: 51°36′30″N 0°02′05″W / 51.6084°N 0.0346°W / 51.6084; -0.0346