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 Abellio Greater Anglia linking the village to London Liverpool Street and Cambridge.


Route number Route Notes
381/382 Handicapped/disabled access Toot Hill 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]


Roydon Marina Village[edit]

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 located in the High Street: Franco's a family-run Italian restaurant.[12][12]


Roydon has three pubs located in the High Street: The New Inn,[13] The Crusader[14] and The White Hart.[15]

Village Hall[edit]

The village hall was built in 1920[16] and is used by local groups.



The local village cricket team, Roydon C.C., play friendly games throughout spring and summer, mainly on Sundays but with the occasional Friday/Monday game.[17]

An existing newspaper report dated from 1834 features a scorecard whereby Roydon beat Bishop's Stortford by an innings in a one-day game that took place in the village. The current cricket ground (along with the football pitches and tennis courts) is situated at the southern end of Occupation Lane.[18]


The local 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.[19] 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.[20] 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 money was raised for tennis courts to be built in the village in 1989. The courts were resurfaced in 2001 with benches, donated by the club president, added in 2006.[21]

The club holds regular club nights and club tournaments including open mixed, men's and women's singles. The club also organises junior and youth coaching during the summer term, and social events including an autumn barbecue and winter wine tasting fundraiser.

Notable residents[edit]


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  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
  12. ^ a b "Franco's". 
  13. ^ "Welcome - The New Inn - Country Pub in Roydon, Essex". 
  14. ^ "Crusader, Near Harlow". 
  15. ^
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  17. ^ Roydon C.C News Retrieved 29 April 2009
  18. ^ Roydon C.C History Retrieved 29 June 2009
  19. ^ A Brief History of Roydon F.C. Retrieved 7 July 2007
  20. ^ Roydon at the Football Club History Database
  21. ^ "Roydon Tennis Club - History of the Club". 
  22. ^ "Police search Barrymore's house". BBC News. 
  23. ^ "Barrymore 'seeking help for problems'". BBC News. 
  24. ^ Palmer, Alun (20 May 2008). "Ray Winstone exclusive: The hard times". The Mirror. 
  25. ^ "Ray Winstone: The hard man". The Independent. 6 May 2006. 
  26. ^ "Winstone's wild child". The Mail on Sunday. 9 February 2007. 
  27. ^ "Parishes: Roydon". 
  28. ^ "Parishes: Roydon". 
  29. ^ "Register of Lords' Interests". 

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