London Area Guides
Chingford Area Guide
Our area guide to Chingford 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 E4
Chingford is a middle income suburban family area.
Property Types & Architecture
A quiet leafy suburb on the borders of Essex and East London, Chingford was historically a rural Essex parish, which gained Urban District status in 1894. The area offers a great range of larger Victorian and Edwardian properties in wide leafy streets to the north and smaller Victorian terraces and mid-war semi-detached properties to the south.
Shopping & Entertainment
There is a great range of coffee shops, bakeries, boutiques and eateries in Station Road and a number of highly regarded local restaurants serving Chingford's residents well. For those that like to be active there are several local golf courses, equestrian facilities, tennis clubs, a leisure centre as well as sailing on the King George Reservoir in Chingford. For those interested in local history and culture there is the Queen Elizabeth's Hunting Lodge, originally built for King Henry VIII in 1543, and is a unique example of a surviving timber-framed lodge-house still standing surrounded by its medieval royal hunting forest. It is a recognised Visit England attraction and well worth a visit.
Parks & Commons
For magnificent views over London, a walk up Pole Hill, which at its highest point is around 91 metres is well worth the effort. Local parks include Ridgeway which boasts petanque, tennis and table tennis, play areas and a putting green, as well as Larkswood which has fine specimens of oak and hornbeam trees. Epping Forest is a natural boundary to the northern side of Chingford and is the destination for many of the area's outdoor activities including walking, running and cycling to horse riding, angling, football and even golf.
Who lives here?
Families, young professionals and city workers are drawn to the area to make their money go a little further than in neighbouring boroughs as well as enjoying easy travel to and from Central London with overground trains running from Chingford Station into Liverpool Street in less than 30 minutes.
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Schools in Chingford & Exam Results
Schools in Chingford fall under the Waltham Forest Local Education Authority. Below is a comprehensive list of public schools in Chingford by type, together with full school details and the latest exam results.
Local schools within Chingford
Chingford 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 Chingford 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
Chingford Local Authorities
Chingford is is represented by Epping Forest Council, Waltham Forest 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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