Redbridge: Short Guide
The London Borough of Redbridge is located in East London, bordered by four other boroughs, with Havering to the East, Barking and Dagenham to the south-east, Newham to the south-west and Waltham Forest to the west. The area is home to many neighbourhoods, including Chadwell Heath, Cranbrook, Fairlop, Fullwell Cross, Hainault, Ilford, Little Heath, Newbury Park, Redbridge, Seven Kings, Wanstead, and Woodford.
The History of Redbridge
The name ‘Redbridge’ is taken from the historic Red Bridge — once known as Hocklee’s Bridge — that crossed the River Roding until the 1920s. It was constructed of red bricks, which was unlike any other structure in the area, rather than white stone. Up until the mid-20th century, the bridge was used for barge traffic.
Before its official creation as a borough in 1926, Redbridge once belonged to the ancient area of Barking. Then, in 1888, it became part of the new civil parish of Ilford. This was abolished and came to be what Redbridge is now; a borough formed from Ilford, Wanstead, Chigwell, Hainault, and parts of Dagenham in 1965.
Remains of Roman structures have been uncovered at Valentine’s Park, Barkingside and Wanstead, while the villages of Wanstead, Woodford and Ilford were mentioned in the Domesday Book in 1086. From the 16th-century, the Woodford area was populated by country manors, but the arrival of suburban railways during the mid 19th-century caused estates and farmland to be replaced by housing developments.
A modern borough
Home to over 303,858 residents, Redbridge is a densely populated and diverse area, with 65% of residents belonging to black and minority ethnic groups. It’s listed in the top 20 safest boroughs in London and received recognition as the happiest place to live in the city in 2016.
Redbridge welcomes over 14,780 businesses in the area, including a wide variety of shops and eateries. Many workers in the area are employed within public administration, education and health, finance and real estate, and wholesale trade and retail sectors. The borough also has a strong IT & creative media industry, accounting for 14% of businesses, having grown by 115% over the last five years. It’s worth noting that a large majority of the borough’s population commute to other districts for work.
Redbridge’s growing low carbon economy means that highly specialised waste management, recycling and reuse services are essential. We cater to businesses of all sizes, so it doesn’t matter if you’re located on an industrial estate or on the high street, we can collect and recycle your commercial waste.
Redbridge is one of the city’s greenest boroughs, known for its award-winning parks, including Elmhurst Gardens, Clayhall Park, and Fairlop Waters Country Park. In the village of Wanstead, which was once home to a young Henry VIII, tourists can find the Grade I listed building of St. Mary’s Church and the Grade II-listed Christ Church from the Victorian era.
Between the borders of Redbridge and Essex sits the 2,400 hectare Epping Forest, a popular attraction for everyone. A very large open space, it has much to offer, including conservation areas, water sports and riverside walks. Here you may be lucky enough to spot the protected species of black fallow deer. In Ilford, you’ll find the Redbridge Museum and Kenneth More theatre, which was named after the actor when he passed in 1982.
There’s plenty to do in Redbridge. Here at Bywaters, we offer our services not just to professional businesses, but to the events and hospitality sectors too. We’ll provide you with the right waste solutions for your needs.