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London Borough of Redbridge

London Borough of Redbridge
Coat of arms of London Borough of Redbridge
Coat of arms
Official logo of London Borough of Redbridge
Council logo
Redbridge shown within Greater London
Redbridge shown within Greater London
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Constituent countryEngland
Ceremonial countyGreater London
Created1 April 1965
Admin HQIlford
 o TypeLondon borough council
 o BodyRedbridge London Borough Council
 o LeadershipLeader & Cabinet
Leader, Cllr Jas Athwal
Deputy, Cllr Elaine Norman (Labour)
 o MayorCllr Zulfiqar Hussain (LAB)
 o London AssemblyKeith Prince (CON) AM for Havering and Redbridge
 o MPsJohn Cryer (LAB)
Iain Duncan Smith (CON)
Sam Tarry (LAB)
Wes Streeting (LAB)
 o Total21.78 sq mi (56.41 km2)
Area rank257th (of 309)
(mid-2019 est.)
 o Total305,222
 o Rank42nd (of 309)
 o Density14,000/sq mi (5,400/km2)
 o Ethnicity[1]
34.5% White British
1.4% White Irish
0.1% White Gypsy or Irish Traveller
6.6% Other White
1.1% White & Black Caribbean
0.6% White & Black African
1.2% White & Asian
1.2% Other Mixed
16.4% Indian
11.1% Pakistani
5.7% Bangladeshi
1.1% Chinese
7.4% Other Asian
4.4% Black African
3.2% Black Caribbean
1.2% Other Black
0.6% Arab
2.1% Other
Time zoneUTC (GMT)
 o Summer (DST)UTC+1 (BST)
Area code(s)020
ONS code00BC
GSS codeE09000026
PoliceMetropolitan Police

The London Borough of Redbridge is a London borough in East London, England.[2] It is home to Redbridge Institute of Adult Education[3] and Redbridge Football Club. It borders four other London boroughs: Waltham Forest to the west, Newham to the south-west, Barking and Dagenham to the south-east and Havering to the east, as well as the shire county of Essex to the north.

Its administrative headquarters is at Redbridge Town Hall in Ilford. Wanstead and Woodford are the other principal settlements. The local authority is Redbridge London Borough Council.


The name comes from a bridge over the River Roding which was demolished in 1921. The bridge was made of red brick, unlike other bridges in the area made of white stone. The name had first been applied to the Redbridge area and Redbridge tube station was opened in 1947. It was earlier known as Hocklee's Bridge.[4]

Places of interest

Parks and open spaces

Redbridge has more than 35 parks, playgrounds and open spaces. These include Hainault Forest Country Park, with 300 acres of countryside including adventure play areas, cafe and petting zoo; Roding Valley Park, a wildlife sanctuary with a range of flora and fauna and woodland areas; Valentines Park, including Valentines Mansion, ornamental gardens, bowling green and outdoor gym; and Claybury Woods and Park, a conservation area that features an ancient area of oak and hornbeam woodland, meadows and wildlife ponds.[5]

Arts and culture

Valentines Mansion is a Georgian country house and gardens in the grounds of Valentines Park, Ilford.[6]

Kenneth More Theatre in Oakfield Road, Ilford opened in 1975.[7]

Redbridge Museum, which opened in 2000, is situated on the second floor of Redbridge Central Library, Clements Road, Ilford, along with the Redbridge Heritage Centre.[8][9]

The Embassy Cinema is an Art Deco former cinema in Chadwell Heath. It opened in 1934 and closed in 1966, but is currently the focus of a major restoration project.[10]


Redbridge has 13 libraries across the borough. This includes the Redbridge Central Library, in Clements Road, Ilford, which had a major refurbishment in 2012. The libraries offer a number of services including reading clubs, story time sessions, study areas and learning resources. The libraries in Redbridge are:[11]

  • Aldersbrook Library
  • Clayhall Library
  • Fullwell Cross Library
  • Gants Hill Library
  • Goodmayes Library
  • Hainault Library
  • Redbridge Central Library
  • Keith Axon Library
  • Seven Kings Library
  • South Woodford Library
  • Uphall School Library
  • Wanstead Library
  • Woodford Green Library

Sport and leisure facilities

Redbridge has a number of sports and leisure facilities including the road and off-road cycling tracks at Redbridge Cycling Centre.[12]

There are two local football teams both playing in the Isthmian League Division One: Redbridge F.C. (not to be confused with Dagenham & Redbridge) and Ilford FC. In addition there is fellow Non-League football club Barkingside F.C. who play at The Oakside stadium.[13]

Valentines Park in Ilford acted as one of Essex County Cricket Club's home grounds in 1923-4 and from 1935 until 2002, when the club stopped playing there due to financial constraints.[14]


A map showing the wards of Redbridge since 2002


In 2011 the population of Redbridge was recorded at 278,970.[15] In common with the other London boroughs this continues a period of growth; between the 1991 and 2001 censuses the increase was 7.5%[16] with a further rise of 15.3% by 2011.[15] Redbridge has the third highest proportion of children and a higher-than-average proportion of older adults while the proportion of working age adults is slightly lower than average.[17] The population density was last recorded at 4,945 residents per km2 (the London regional density is 5,199, far higher than the England and Wales figure of 371).[15]

The healthy life expectancy (HLE) at birth for Redbridge residents stands at 65.5 years for males and 62.4 years for females (the England average HLE is 63.4 for males and 64.1 for females).[18]

Redbridge is one of the most ethnically diverse local authorities in the UK. 34% of respondents to the 2011 census stated that they were born outside the UK and 65.5% identified as belonging to an ethnic group other than white British.[19] Redbridge's largest ethnic group is White British (34.5%), followed by Indian (16.4%),[19] and Pakistani (Redbridge has the highest proportion of Pakistani residents of any London borough).[19]

Ethnic and religious change

In common with many London boroughs, the most recent (2011) census showed notable ethnic and religious population mobility in Redbridge. Ethnic groups whose proportions fell in Redbridge were White British (-23% of the borough's total), Irish (-0.9%), and Caribbean (-0.6%). Ethnic groups whose proportions rose include Pakistani (+4.9%), other Asians (+4.4%), Bangladeshis (+3.9%), and other White (+2.9%). Religious groups whose proportions fell in Redbridge were Christian (-13.9%) and Jews (-2.5%). For Jews this represented a fall of over 50% of their number in some wards. Religious groups whose proportions rose include Muslims (+11.4%) followed by Hindu (+3.6%).[19]


Ethnic Group 2001[21] 2011[22]
Number % Number %
White: British 137,097 57.5% 96,253 34.5%
White: Irish 5,559 2.3% 3,900 1.4%
White: Gypsy or Irish Traveller 140 0.1%
White: Other 8,931 3.7% 18,353 6.6%
White: Total 151,587 63.5% 118,646 42.6%
Asian or Asian British: Indian 33,304 14.0% 45,660 16.4%
Asian or Asian British: Pakistani 14,888 6.2% 31,051 11.1%
Asian or Asian British: Bangladeshi 4,224 1.8% 16,011 5.7%
Asian or Asian British: Chinese 1,962 0.8% 3,000 1.1%
Asian or Asian British: Other Asian 7,207 3.0% 20,781 7.4%
Asian or Asian British: Total 61,585 25.8% 116,503 41.7%
Black or Black British: African 7,827 3.3% 12,357 4.4%
Black or Black British: Caribbean 9,126 3.8% 9,064 3.2%
Black or Black British: Other Black 1,159 0.5% 3,424 1.2%
Black or Black British: Total 18,112 7.6% 24,845 8.8%
Mixed: White and Black Caribbean 1,884 1.5% 3,204 1.1%
Mixed: White and Black African 742 0.8% 1,692 0.6%
Mixed: White and Asian 1,853 0.8% 3,251 1.2%
Mixed: Other Mixed 1,352 2.5% 3,309 1.2%
Mixed: Total 5,831 4.2% 11,456 4.1%
Other: Arab 1,551 0.6%
Other: Any other ethnic group 1,520 0.6% 5,969 2.1%
Other: Total 1,520 0.6% 7,520 2.7%
Black, Asian, and minority ethnic: Total 87,048 36.5% 160,324 57.3%
Total 238,635 100.00% 278,970 100.00%


Religion in Redbridge[23]
Religion Percent(%)
No religion

According to the 2011 Census, the largest religious groupings are Christians (36.8 per cent), followed by Muslims (23.3 per cent), Hindus (11.4 per cent), those of no religion (11.0 per cent), no response (6.5 per cent), Sikhs (6.2 per cent), Jews (3.7 per cent), Buddhists (0.7 per cent) and other (0.5 per cent).

The number of Christians residing in Redbridge ranked fourth lowest in England and Wales, and 12 percent below the London average of 48.4%. The number of Muslims in Redbridge has more than doubled since 2001.[24]


Walking and cycling

The Roding Valley Way is a designated walking and cycling route between Woodford and Ilford.[25]

TfL Rail

Hainault Loop
Roding Valley
Grange Hill
Hainault depot
Newbury Park
A12 (Eastern Avenue)
Ilford Curve closed 1947
Seven Kings Curve closed 1956
Central line
to Central London
Junction now site
of Ilford Depot
Seven Kings
Route Frequency
Shenfield to London Liverpool Street 6 trains per hour
Station Image Opened[26] Notes[26]
Ilford Ilford station building2.JPG 20 June 1839
Seven Kings Disabled access Seven Kings stn building.JPG 1 April 1899
Goodmayes Goodmayes station building.JPG 18 February 1901
Chadwell Heath Disabled access Chadwell Heath stn building.JPG 11 January 1864

These services serving these stations will be rebranded from TfL Rail to Elizabeth Line in late 2020.

London Underground

Central line: Epping Branch.

Station Image Opened[26] Notes[26]
Snaresbrook Snaresbrook station building.JPG 14 December 1947 First opened by the Eastern Counties Railway in 1856
South Woodford Disabled access South Woodford entrance east.JPG 14 December 1947 First opened by the Eastern Counties Railway as South Woodford (George Lane) in 1856; renamed 1947
Woodford Disabled access Woodford Station.jpg 14 December 1947 First opened by the Eastern Counties Railway in 1856. Terminus of Hainault Loop

Central line: Hainault Loop (follows the route of the A12 from Wanstead to Newbury Park)

Station Image Opened[26] Notes[26]
Wanstead Wanstead station building northwest.JPG 14 December 1947
Redbridge Redbridge station entrance east.JPG 14 December 1947
Gants Hill Gants Hill stn southwest entrance.JPG 14 December 1947
Newbury Park Disabled access Newbury Park Tube station.jpg 14 December 1947 First opened by the Great Eastern Railway in 1903
Barkingside Barkingside station building.JPG 31 May 1948 First opened by the Great Eastern Railway in 1903
Fairlop Fairlop station building.JPG 31 May 1948 First opened by the Great Eastern Railway in 1903
Hainault Disabled access Hainault stn building.JPG 31 May 1948 First opened by the Great Eastern Railway in 1903. Closed 1908 to 1930.
Grange Hill Grange Hill stn entr.JPG 21 November 1948 First opened by the Great Eastern Railway in 1903


Ilford Hainault Street Bus Station, where nine different bus routes terminate.

Numerous London buses run through and within the borough.

Travel to work

In March 2011, the main forms of transport that residents used to travel to work were: driving a car or van, 23.5% all residents aged 16-74; underground, metro, light rail, tram, 18.4%; train, 6.2%; bus, minibus or coach, 4.6%; on foot, 3.7%; work mainly at or from home, 2.6%; passenger in a car or van, 1.5%.[27]


The borough was formed in 1965 by the London Government Act 1963 as a merger of the former area of:

Redbridge Town Hall on Ilford High Road
Former local government district Population (1961)[28]
Municipal Borough of Ilford 178,024
Municipal Borough of Wanstead and Woodford 61,416
northern part of the Municipal Borough of Dagenham around Hog Hill 3,569
south eastern part of Chigwell Urban District around Hainault 7,071

All of which had been transferred from Essex to Greater London by the Act. The former town hall in Ilford is now known as Redbridge Town Hall.[29]


In November 2018, Redbridge Council was reported as the sixth-most productive council in England overall and the most productive in provision of adult social care in a report published by the public service consultancy iMPOWER.[30][31]

Redbridge London Borough Council

Summary of Council results:

Overall control Conservative Labour Lib Dem Others
2014 Labour 25 35 3 0
2012 No Overall Control 29 25 7 2
2010[32][33] No Overall Control 30 26 7 0
2009 No Overall Control 31 14 13 5
2006[34] Conservative 33 18 10 2
2002 Conservative 33 21 9 -
1998 No overall control 23 30 9 0
1994 No overall control 24 29 9
1990[35] Conservative 42 18 3
1986 Conservative 45 17 1
1982 Conservative 51 12
1978 Conservative 50 13
1974 Conservative 45 15
1971 Conservative 42 18
1968 Conservative 55 5
1964 Conservative 45 15


Redbridge Council is the Local Education Authority. The Borough has the accolade of sending more young people to university than any other borough in the country in both 2011 and 2012. GCSE and A Level results are consistently higher than the Country's average. A 2017 report by Trust for London and the New Policy Institute found that Redbridge has the highest proportion of 19 year olds with Level 3 qualifications (equivalent to an A Level) of any London borough.[36]

All schools in the borough take part in the Redbridge Schools Choral Festival, a bi-annual music festival held in the Royal Albert Hall in Knightsbridge.[37]

Notable people


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  3. ^ Redbridge Institute of Adult Education
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  5. ^ "Claybury Woods and Park, including Repton Park". London Gardens Trust. Retrieved 2020.
  6. ^ Historic England, "Valentines Park (1000843)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 2017
  7. ^ "Kenneth More Theatre". Vision RCL. Retrieved 2020.
  8. ^ "Redbridge Museum". Hidden London. Retrieved 2020.
  9. ^ "Redbridge Heritage Centre". Vision RCL. Retrieved 2020.
  10. ^ "Embassy Cinema: The Restoration Project". Chadwell Heath South Residents' Association. Retrieved 2020.
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  12. ^ "UK | England | London | Cycle centre 'first 2012 legacy'". BBC News. 19 August 2008. Retrieved 2020.
  13. ^ History Of Barkingside FC Barkingside F.C.
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  18. ^ "How long can you expect to live in 'Good' general health?". Office for National Statistics. Office for National Statistics. 2014. Retrieved 2014.
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  24. ^ "Redbridge Census Results". Office of National Statistics.
  25. ^ "Roding Valley Way". Sustrans.
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  27. ^ "2011 Census: QS701EW Method of travel to work, local authorities in England and Wales". Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 2013. Percentages are of all residents aged 16-74 including those not in employment. Respondents could only pick one mode, specified as the journey's longest part by distance.
  28. ^ Great Britain Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, Redbridge. Retrieved {{{accessdate}}}.
  29. ^ "Redbridge Register Office (Redbridge Town Hall)". London Borough off Redbridge. Retrieved 2020.
  30. ^ "Top 10 most productive councils in England: 2018". iMPOWER. 22 November 2018. Retrieved 2019.
  31. ^ "WHICH COUNCILS ARE BEST?" (PDF). iMPOWER. 22 November 2018. Retrieved 2019.
  32. ^ "REDBRIDGE: Council election count - LIVE". East London and West Essex Guardian Series.
  33. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 10 May 2010. Retrieved 2010.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  34. ^ "2006 Local election results". Archived from the original on 10 May 2010. Retrieved 2010.
  35. ^ GLA. "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 28 July 2011. Retrieved 2016.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link), London Borough Council Elections May 2010, March 2011, accessed 21 April 2011.
  36. ^ "London's Poverty Profile". Trust for London. Retrieved 2018.
  37. ^ Redbridge Music Service - Redbridge Schools' Choral Festival

External links


Coordinates: 51°34?N 0°05?E / 51.567°N 0.083°E / 51.567; 0.083

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