Chigwell Urban District

Chigwell Urban District
Motto: Non Progredi est Regredi
(Not to go forward is to go backward)
Chigwell essex 1961.png
Chigwell within Essex in 1961
Status Urban district
1933-1965 area 8,971 acres (36.30 km2)
1965-1974 area 8,890 acres (36.0 km2)
HQ Loughton
Created 1933
Abolished 1974
Succeeded by Epping Forest District
London Borough of Redbridge
1939 population
- 1939 density
1951 population
- 1951 density
1971 population
- 1971 density
Chigwell Urban District
Coat of arms of Chigwell Urban District Council

Chigwell was a local government district in south west Essex, England.[1] It contained the settlements of Chigwell, Loughton and Buckhurst Hill; and formed part of the Metropolitan Police District.



It was created an urban district by a county review order on 1 October 1933 as the merger of the former area of:


The district lay on the edge of the Greater London Conurbation and experienced a rapid population growth, in part caused by the London County Council construction in the south east of the district of the Hainault Estate (which also extended into neighbouring Ilford and Dagenham).[2]

In 1948, the New Works Programme of the London Passenger Transport Board brought the London Underground services of the Central line to six stations in the district; namely Roding Valley, Chigwell, Grange Hill, Buckhurst Hill, Loughton and Debden.

Coat of arms

The coat of arms were granted in 1951 and represent Or, a stag at rest proper, on a chief gules three axe-heads bendwise sinister with blades down-words argent.[2]


The Royal Commission on Local Government in Greater London considered the entire district for inclusion in Greater London, however in 1965 only a small area of 81 acres (330,000 m2) around Hainault was transferred from the urban district and Essex to form part of the London Borough of Redbridge in Greater London. The population of this area in 1961 was 7,071.[1]

On 1 April 1974 the remainder of the district was abolished by the Local Government Act 1972 and the area has since formed part of the Epping Forest district.


  1. ^ a b Vision of Britain - Chigwell UD (historic map)
  2. ^ a b Chigwell: Introduction, A History of the County of Essex: Volume 4: Ongar Hundred (1956), pp. 18-22. Date accessed: 27 November 2007.

Coordinates: 51°38′N 0°04′E / 51.63°N 0.07°E / 51.63; 0.07

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