Woodford Wells

Woodford Wells is an old hamlet which now lies within the northeastern suburbs of London, England, in the affluent district of Woodford, about 0.5 miles (0.80 km) north of Woodford Green and on the edge of Epping Forest.

Woodford Wells
Woodford Wells is located in Greater London
Woodford Wells
Woodford Wells
Location within Greater London
London borough
Ceremonial countyGreater London
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtIG8
Dialling code020
London Assembly
List of places
51°36′56″N 0°01′44″E / 51.615645°N 0.028861°E / 51.615645; 0.028861Coordinates: 51°36′56″N 0°01′44″E / 51.615645°N 0.028861°E / 51.615645; 0.028861

The name is first shown on a map in 1805,[1] and refers to mineral water wells. In the 18th century briefly the hamlet was a small spa but by the 1870s the wells had been long neglected and Woodford Wells had become part of a "straggle of hamlets".[2][3] Among its notable features is the Horse & Well, a 17th-century coaching inn still in operation. Woodford Wells is home to Woodford Wells F.C..


Bancroft’s School a Secondary school, has been at Woodford Wells since the 1880s. St Aubyn's School was founded here in January 1884. In 1893, and again in 1919, it moved southwards along the High Road. It can now be found at Bunces Lane, Woodford Green.


The area became a separate Anglican ecclesiastical parish in 1911 (All Saints Church, Woodford Wells ), with the completion of St Barnabas' Church taking responsibility for the area near Woodford Underground Station.


  1. ^ Mills, A.D. (2001). Dictionary of London Place Names. Oxford.
  2. ^ James Thorne (1876). Handbook to the environs of London: alphabetically arranged, containing an account of every town and village, and of all places of interest, within a circle of twenty miles round London. 2. London: J. Murray. pp. 736–738.
  3. ^ Bridget Cherry; Charles O'Brien; Nikolaus Pevsner, eds. (2005). London, Volume 5. Pevsner Architectural Guides. Yale University Press. pp. 63, 371–372. ISBN 0-300-10701-3.