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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 was later applied to the wider London borough created in 1965. The bridge was earlier known as Hocklee's Bridge.[2]


The Redbridge formed part of the ancient parish of Barking, Essex. In 1888 it became part of the new civil parish of Ilford. The civil parish became a local board district in 1890, urban district in 1894 and municipal borough in 1926. The Municipal Borough of Ilford was abolished in 1965 and its former area became part of the London Borough of Redbridge in Greater London.[3]

Transport and localeEdit

Ambiguous usageEdit

'Redbridge' is quite often used as a place name for the London Borough: The Town Hall in Ilford is now officially called Redbridge Town Hall. This can sometimes lead to ambiguity. For example there are cycle route signs in the adjacent borough of Waltham Forest denoting 'Redbridge' on the route leading to South Woodford, in the borough of Redbridge.

Notable peopleEdit


  1. ^ Redbridge Institute of Adult Education
  2. ^ Mills, Anthony David (2001). Dictionary of London Place Names. Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-280106-6.
  3. ^ 'The borough of Ilford', A History of the County of Essex: Volume 5 (1966), pp. 249-266. URL: Date accessed: 11 October 2013