Ilford – Essex Since 1650 and The Great Eastern Railway

Clear back in the 1600’s Ilford – Essex was a small town of approximately 60 houses, when the Great Eastern Railway came through in the early 1800’s the population started climbing.

One of the biggest towns in England by 1880, the population was over 10,000 strong, and by the early 1930’s, 167,000 people inhabited the area. This was all due to the Railway advancement.

The economy in the area is served by major firms including Kelvin Hughes, Plessey Radio and Television Company and Howards Ltd. It’s most well known business the Ilford Photographic company ( Ilford Imaging) was started in 1879 when A. H. Harman began the business in his basement and quickly grew into a major employer.

The area is active in many activities including art exhibitions, Charity Shows at the Kenneth More Theatre and many different types of exhibits and shows make this theatre an active one.

You’ll also find a variety of evening entertainment with several different night clubs including the Bollywood Club, Berties, Faces Nightclub, and Shout. Find reviews online concerning these clubs and then enjoy a night on the town.

Shopping is another pastime in the area with The Exchange, which has over 100 shops, Ilford High Road shopping, and Barkingside High Street as well.

Transportation in the area is offered through the Train/Tube/Coach services with major stations at Barkingside and Gants Hill.

The Rebdridge Green Fair in May is an activity everyone enjoys and offers live music, shopping at a variety of booths and educational booths.

You’ll also find a wide assortment of clubs and civic activities such as the 2nd Ilford North Beaver-Scout Colony, Strides Badminton Club, Friends of the Earth Ilford, Rascals Theatre School, Chinese Kickboxing, Cobra Self Defence, Barkingside Sports and Leisure Group, Signalise and the Ilford Choral Society among others.