Ilford is a large commuter town and suburban area in London, England, located 9.1 miles (14.6 km) east of Charing Cross. Ilford Town is also the administrative centre of the London Borough of Redbridge. Identified as a metropolitan centre in the London Plan, Ilford is classed as a significant commercial and retail centre for the wider south east of England.
Ilford's significant commercial and retail centre is surrounded by extensive residential development. Historically a small rural settlement in southwest Essex, its strategic position on the River Roding and the London to Colchester road caused it to develop as a coaching town. The arrival of the railway in 1839 eventually accelerated that growth and as part of the suburban growth of London in the 20th century, Ilford significantly expanded and increased in population, becoming a municipal borough in 1926. Since 1965 it has formed part of Greater London.
Ilford makes up part of the IG postcode area. Adjacent to Ilford; to the west ...
of Ilford Hill and the North Circular Road, is the E postcode area.
The population of Ilford, comprising the wards of Aldborough Hatch, Barkingside, Cranbrook, Clementswood, Gants Hill, Goodmayes, Loxford, Mayfield, Newbury Park, Seven Kings, and Valentines was 168,168 in the 2011 census.
To the west of the town is Stratford and the West End, east is Romford, north is Epping Forest and south is Barking.
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