10 interesting facts about Chigwell
Chigwell is situated in the Epping Forest district of Essex, 12 miles from Central London. We look at 10 interesting facts about Chigwell that you may or may not know about the town.
1. A Chigwell pub inspired Dickens
Ye Olde King’s Head pub, now the Sheesh Turkish restaurant, was the inspiration for the Maypole Inn, which featured in Charles Dickens’ ‘Barnaby Rudge’. Dickens wrote a letter to John Forster in which he said: “Such a delicious old inn opposite the churchyard.”
2. Birds of a Feather was set in Chigwell
The popular television sitcom ‘Birds of a Feather’ was broadcast by the BBC from 1989 to 1998, and then revived by ITV in 2014. In the first episode, Sharon Theodopolopdos (Pauline Quirk) moves into Tracey Stubbs’ (Linda Robson) Chigwell house. In 2015, the cast filmed a scene at Chigwell Church to enact the funeral of Tracey’s husband.
3. Chigwell Golf Club’s first ball was hit in 1925 by Lord Lambourne
Chigwell Golf Club was opened on October 3rd, 1925. The first ball at the official opening was driven by Lord Lambourne, Lord Lieutenant of the County.
4. RAF Chigwell was a barrage balloon landing site
Chigwell’s RAF base was a barrage balloon landing site during the Second World War. It closed in 1958, but a secret nuclear bunker was situated there until 1991. The site is now a sports centre, but you can still see remnants of the circular area from which the balloons were launched.
5. Spurs trained at Chigwell
Until 2012, Tottenham Hotspur Football club had a training facility in Chigwell. The club retains links with Chigwell and holds summer training sessions for the local youth. A team of ex-Tottenham players played a charity match in Chigwell in March 2016.
6. Chigwell Tube Station was built over a century ago
Chigwell Tube station was built by the Great Eastern Railway and opened on May 1st 1903. In 1923, the Great Eastern Railway became part of the London & North Eastern Railway and became integrated into the London underground system in the 1930s.
7. An American Native Prince went to Chigwell School in 1714
Chigwell School was founded in 1629 with just 16 pupils. In 1714, the Quaker Society sponsored Prince George, son of the Yammassee Native American Indian tribe leader, to go to Chigwell school.
8. The average price of a detached house in Chigwell is £1.3 million
According to property site Zoopla, Chigwell is an expensive place to live. The average price of a detached house is £1,311,254, but you can buy terraced houses for £359,867.
9. Lord Sugar owns a Chigwell mansion.
Sir Alan Sugar owns a mansion in Chigwell, as well as the Sheesh restaurant.
10. What do you get when you combine a Georgian mansion, 1930s chapel, beautiful landscapes and contemporary food and accommodation?
Concluding our 10 interesting facts about Chigwell list, is of course our Hallmark Hotel Chigwell Prince Regent, a historic chic hotel with luxury accommodation, and a beautiful restaurant that combines the best in European cuisine with exotic Asian flavours.
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