London Area Guides
Chigwell Area Guide
Our area guide to Chigwell gives you a quick overview of the neighbourhood from its properties, public parks, local schools, council tax, public transport links to shopping and going out.
Postcodes covered by this area guide include IG7
Property Types & Architecture
Described by Charles Dickens as 'the finest place on earth', Chigwell is a wonderful mix of old and new (and somewhere in the middle) sitting harmoniously side by side in this part of Essex's 'golden triangle'. The old village clustered around St Mary's Church and the 17th century 'Ye Olde King’s Head' is home to the area's Georgian houses and weatherboard cottages. In contrast soon after the arrival of what is now the Central Line in 1903, many large detached properties were built, many since modernised and extended to form large mansions. Recent luxury apartment developments have sprung up close to the station, with 1930s properties towards Hainault, together with the Bowls which is a sixties development of spacious flats.
Shopping & Entertainment
The parade of shops close to Chigwell tube station is the hub of the area and is home to the area's many hairdressers and beauty salons ensuring the glamorous residents are well taken care of. There are also boutiques and coffee shops as well as restaurants and a gastropub. Chigwell resident Lord Sugar’s Turkish restaurant, Sheesh, in the nearby Ye Olde King’s Head is a popular spot with residents. To indulge in some serious retail therapy, Westfield shopping centre in Stratford is a 17-minute journey on the Central line.
Parks & Commons
A popular area for horseriding Chigwell is known for its accessibility to wonderful outdoor spaces including Epping Forest, the largest public open space in London, and Hainault Forest Country Park covering 300 acres and including adventure play areas, a small zoo, a fishing lake, nature trail and orienteering course. There are also golf clubs aplenty in this area.
Who lives here?
Chigwell was put on the map by the Eighties show 'Birds of a Feather' which was set in the area, and is a family-friendly area favoured by those who like to see and be seen. Tottenham Hotspur’s training ground in Chigwell drew in the footballers and their families, many of whom have made roots in the area despite the club's later decision to move the training ground elsewhere. With no less than 3 tube stops all on the Central Line Chigwell is also within easy reach of those working in the City.
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Schools in Chigwell & Exam Results
Schools in Chigwell fall under the Redbridge Local Education Authority. Below is a comprehensive list of public schools in Chigwell by type, together with full school details and the latest exam results.
Local schools within Chigwell
Chigwell Council Tax Rates
Council Tax is worked out by your local council who sets the Council Tax rates for each year. Your property postcode will determine which council you will need to pay. There are currently 2 councils covering the Chigwell area.
Council tax rates for each Local Authority
How much will I have to pay?
Each year, every local authority will set a rate of council tax for each valuation band. The amount you have to pay depends on the value of your property and the current rates for your local council. Not everyone will have to pay the full amount of council tax. There are three ways in which your council tax bill may be reduced.
Reductions in council tax
- Reduction scheme for disabled people
- Discounts (i.e. If only one person lives in a property they will get a 25% discount on the council tax bill)
- Council tax benefit and second adult rebate
Learn more about council tax at HM Revenue & Customs
Chigwell Local Authorities
Chigwell is is represented by Epping Forest Council, Redbridge Counci. which holds the responsibility for delivering services in your area.
The council is responsible for all council services and duties, which include Social Services, housing, education and planning. If you’ve a specific question for this council, please visit their website to get contact details for key departments.
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