Municipal Borough of Wanstead and Woodford

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Wanstead and Woodford
Wanstead and Woodford within Essex in 1961
 • 1934 3,842 acres (15.5 km2)
 • 1965 3,864 acres (15.6 km2)
 • 1939 44,057
 • 1961 61,416
 • Created 1934
 • Abolished 1965
 • Succeeded by London Borough of Redbridge
Status Urban district (until 1937)
Municipal borough (after 1937)

Wanstead and Woodford was a local government district from 1934 to 1965 in southwest Essex, England. A merger of two former urban districts, it was suburban to London and part of the Metropolitan Police District.


A local board of health was set up for the parish of Wanstead in 1854. The Local Government Act 1894 reconstituted its area as Wanstead Urban District, governed by Wanstead Urban District Council.

Woodford parish adopted the Local Government Act 1858 in 1873, setting up a local board. In 1894 it became Woodford Urban District, governed by Woodford Urban District Council.

In 1934, as part of a county review order, a new urban district was created as a merger of their areas.

District and borough

The urban district became a municipal borough in 1937.

In 1956 the municipal borough was enlarged by gaining 23 acres (93,000 m2) from the Municipal Borough of Ilford while 2 acres (8,100 m2) were transferred the other way. The transfer did not affect any population.


In 1965, under the London Government Act 1963, the municipal borough was abolished and its former area transferred to Greater London and combined with that of other districts to form the London Borough of Redbridge.


  • London Government Act 1963

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