19 Facts About Ilford


Ilford is a large town in East London, England in the London Borough of Redbridge.

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Ilford is on the transport corridor between London and coastal Essex, with both the A12 and the central railway station linking the regions.

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In recent years, as a result of increased levels of immigration, Ilford has become one of the most multicultural towns in England.

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Great and Little Ilford appear to have always been distinct areas separated by the Roding.

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The place names of Great and Little Ilford both appear to derive from the ford, rather than deriving from the subdivision of a larger Ilford area.

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Barking parish authorities gradually lost responsibility for a variety of functions during the 19th century; from 1836, for the administration of poor relief, Ilford came within the Romford Poor Law Union and in 1840 the Metropolitan Police District was extended to cover the area.

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Ilford remained largely rural until its expansion in the 19th century.

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Ilford worked in a workshop on the roof of the Plessey premises in Ley Street, which has long since been demolished to make way for new housing.

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Ilford was the birthplace of the actor Maggie Smith who left to Oxford at the age of four.

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In 2005, Ilford was ranked sixth in the Retail Footprint ranking for Greater London, behind London's West End, Croydon, Kingston upon Thames, Bromley and Brent Cross Shopping Centre.

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Ilford is bounded in the west by the North Circular Road and the River Roding and is contiguous with Barking to the south, Gants Hill and Barkingside to the north and Seven Kings to the east.

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Ilford has a very large ethnic-minority population, one of the most diverse towns in the country.

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Ilford North had the fourth-highest Jewish proportion of residents in the 2001 census.

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The large South Asian community in Ilford speak a variety of languages, including Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi, Punjabi, Syloti, Tamil, Telugu and Urdu.

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House prices in Ilford are generally far lower compared to the average in Greater London.

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Ilford is a primary route destination in east London, and main roads link the town to key destinations throughout the capital and the East of England.

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A118 runs east-west through Ilford, linking the town with Stratford and the A11 westbound, and Romford eastbound.

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Cycleway 16 passes to the north of Ilford, providing a direct cycle connection between the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park at Stratford and Barkingside.

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Palmer Catholic Academy is a Catholic secondary school and Ursuline Academy Ilford is a Catholic school for girls.

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