Municipal Borough of Chingford

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Chingford Old Town Hall Building, The Ridgeway, Chingford, London, UK.jpg
Chingford Old Town Hall
File:Chingford essex 1961.png
Chingford within Essex in 1961
 • 1911 2,808 acres (11.4 km2)
 • 1931 2,810 acres (11.4 km2)
 • 1961 2,868 acres (11.6 km2)
 • 1911 8,184
 • 1931 22,053
 • 1961 45,787
 • 1911 2.9/acre
 • 1931 7.8/acre
 • 1961 15.9/acre
 • Origin Chingford parish
 • Created 1894
 • Abolished 1965
 • Succeeded by London Borough of Waltham Forest
Status Urban district (until 1938)
Municipal borough (after 1938)
Government Chingford Urban District Council
Chingford Borough Council
 • HQ The Ridgeway
 • Motto All Things for the Glory of God
Coat of arms of the borough council

Chingford was a local government district in south west Essex, England from 1894 to 1965, around the town of Chingford. It was within the London suburbs, forming part of the London postal district and Metropolitan Police District. Its former area now corresponds to the northern part of the London Borough of Waltham Forest in Greater London.

Background and formation

The ancient parish of Chingford formed part of the Waltham hundred of Essex.[1] It was included in the Metropolitan Police District in 1840 and from 1875 it formed part of the Epping Rural Sanitary District. In 1894 it became an urban district.

District and borough

Under a county review order in 1934, a small part of Waltham Holy Cross Urban District was transferred to Chingford. It gained the status of municipal borough in 1938.


The Royal Commission on Local Government in Greater London considered the borough for inclusion in Greater London in 1960 and subsequently it was abolished by the London Government Act 1963. Its former area was transferred to Greater London from Essex and was combined with the Municipal Borough of Walthamstow and the Municipal Borough of Leyton to form the present-day London Borough of Waltham Forest.


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