Roydon, Essex

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Roydon, Essex
Roydon is located in Essex
Roydon shown within Essex
Area 7.022 km2 (2.711 sq mi)
Population 2,193 [1]
• Density 312/km2 (810/sq mi)
OS grid reference TL408102
Civil parish
  • Roydon
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town HARLOW
Postcode district CM19
Dialling code 01279
Police Essex
Fire Essex
Ambulance East of England
EU Parliament East of England
UK Parliament
List of places
51°46′23″N 0°02′23″E / 51.773°N 0.0396°E / 51.773; 0.0396Coordinates: 51°46′23″N 0°02′23″E / 51.773°N 0.0396°E / 51.773; 0.0396

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.

It lies on the Stort Navigation and River Stort. The village is recorded in the Domesday Book as Ruindune and appears later as Reidona in c. 1130, as Reindon in 1204, and as Roindon in 1208.[2]

The village has a village shop, sub post office, pharmacy and church. The church, St Peter's, dates from the Middle Ages and was given Grade I listed status on 20 February 1967.[3]



The village is served by Roydon railway station on the West Anglia Main Line, with trains operated by Greater Anglia linking the village to London Liverpool Street and Cambridge.


Route number Route Notes
381 Handicapped/disabled access Coopersale to Harlow Bus Station via Epping, Epping Green, Roydon Mon-Sat


The village has its own primary school, Roydon Primary School.[4] The original school building was built in 1876.[5]


Roydon is known for its black poplar trees, particularly the World's End Poplar.[6] The Roydon Countrycare Section of the Roydon Society received £3,467 from the Heritage Lottery Fund for the Black Poplar Project.[7]


The village is the home of the Roydon Marina Village.[8] 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.[9] The area encompasses Roydon Mill, a three-storey, brick-built mill, built in 1906.[10]

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.[11]

Roydon has one dedicated restaurant, Franco's, and three pubs - The New Inn, The Crusader and The White Hart.

The village hall was built in 1920[12] and is used by local groups.


The village's cricket team, Roydon C.C.[13] play at the southern end of Occupation Lane.[14] 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.[15] 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.[16] 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, tennis courts were built in the village in 1989.

Notable residents[edit]


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  2. ^ Ekwall, Eilert, The Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford, Oxford University Press, 4th edition, 1960. p. 395. ISBN 0198691033.
  3. ^ Good Stuff. "Church of St Peter - Roydon - Essex - England - British Listed Buildings". 
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  5. ^ "Parishes: Roydon". 
  6. ^ Countryside Management Service
  7. ^ Local Heritage Initiative
  8. ^ "Roydon Marina Village - Exclusive Holiday Lodge Resort - Roydon". 
  9. ^
  10. ^ "Parishes: Roydon". 
  11. ^ Acquisition of Glen Faba chalet park by Epping Forest DC. Retrieved 03-10-2007 p 135
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  13. ^ Roydon C.C News Retrieved 29 April 2009
  14. ^ Roydon C.C History Retrieved 29 June 2009
  15. ^ A Brief History of Roydon F.C. Retrieved 7 July 2007
  16. ^ Roydon at the Football Club History Database
  17. ^ "Police search Barrymore's house". BBC News. 
  18. ^ "Barrymore 'seeking help for problems'". BBC News. 
  19. ^ Palmer, Alun (20 May 2008). "Ray Winstone exclusive: The hard times". The Mirror. 
  20. ^ "Ray Winstone: The hard man". The Independent. 6 May 2006. 
  21. ^ "Winstone's wild child". The Mail on Sunday. 9 February 2007. 
  22. ^ "Parishes: Roydon". 
  23. ^ "Parishes: Roydon". 
  24. ^ "Register of Lords' Interests". 

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