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Roydon, Essex
Grid reference: TL408102
Location: 51°46’23"N, 0°2’23"E
Population: 2,193  (2011[1])
Post town: Harlow
Postcode: CM19
Dialling code: 01279
Local Government
Council: Epping Forest

Roydon is a small village and parish in Essex, located a mile-and-a-half west of Harlow. It is also four miles east of Hoddesdon and five miles north-west of Epping.

It lies on the Stort Navigation and River Stort. The village is recorded in the Domesday Book as Ruindune and appears later as Reidona in c. 1130, as Reindon in 1204, and as Roindon in 1208.[2]

The village has a village shop, sub post office, pharmacy and church. The church, St Peter's, dates from the Middle Ages and was given Grade-I-listed status on 20 February 1967.[3]


Buses link Toot Hill to Harlow Bus Station via Epping, Epping Green, and Roydon. The village is served by Roydon railway station on the West Anglia Main Line, with trains linking the village to London Liverpool Street and Cambridge.


The village has its own primary school, Roydon Primary School.[4] The original school building was built in 1876.[5]


Roydon is known for its black poplar trees, particularly the World's End Poplar.[6] The Roydon Countrycare Section of the Roydon Society received £3,467 from the Heritage Lottery Fund for the Black Poplar Project.[7]


The village is the home of the Roydon Marina Village.[8] The 32-acre holiday complex comprises a 315-berth marina, camp site, holiday lodges, residential homes, hotel and restaurant called Pizza and Steak.[9] The area encompasses Roydon Mill, a three-storey, brick-built mill, built in 1906.[10]

Angling is available in the park includes a section of the River Stort, the weir pool and a mature gravel pit. Further to the west is the 120-acre Glen Faba lake which is part of the Lee Valley Park. The name Glen Faba comes from a chalet park that was compulsorily purchased by Epping Forest Council in the early 1970s.[11]

Roydon has one dedicated restaurant, Franco's, and three pubs - The New Inn, The Crusader and The White Hart.

The village hall was built in 1920[12] and is used by local groups.


The village's cricket team, Roydon C.C.[13] play at the southern end of Occupation Lane.[14] Football team Roydon F.C. are members of the Essex Olympian Football League and play at Harlow Road. Formed in 1901, the club played in the Hertford & District League from soon after their formation until the 2000-01 season, when they won each of the Hertford & District League Premier Division championship and the Hertford & District League Jubilee Cup for the first time.[15] They joined the Essex Intermediate League Division Three in 2001, and were runners-up in their first season, winning promotion to the Essex Intermediate League Division Two.[16] They were runners-up of Division Two in 2004-05, and, because of the renaming of the league at this time, won promotion to the Essex Olympian Football League Division One. Following a successful fundraising campaign, tennis courts were built in the village in 1989.

Notable residents

  • TV Entertainer, Michael Barrymore[17][18]
  • Actor, Ray Winstone[19][20]
  • Actress, Jaime Winstone[21]
  • Physicist, Sir Ralph Howard Fowler[22]
  • Politician, Lord Rushcliffe[23]
  • Businessman, Lord Sheppard[24][25]


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  2. Ekwall, Eilert, The Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford, Oxford University Press, 4th edition, 1960. p. 395 ISBN 0198691033
  3. Good Stuff. "Church of St Peter - Roydon - Essex - England - British Listed Buildings". 
  5. "Parishes: Roydon". 
  6. Countryside Management Service
  7. Local Heritage Initiative
  8. "Roydon Marina Village - Exclusive Holiday Lodge Resort - Roydon". 
  10. "Parishes: Roydon". 
  11. Acquisition of Glen Faba chalet park by Epping Forest DC. Retrieved 03-10-2007 p 135
  13. Roydon C.C News Retrieved 29 April 2009
  14. Roydon C.C History Retrieved 29 June 2009
  15. A Brief History of Roydon F.C. Retrieved 7 July 2007
  16. Roydon at the Football Club History Database
  17. "Police search Barrymore's house". BBC News. 
  18. "Barrymore 'seeking help for problems'". BBC News. 
  19. Palmer, Alun (20 May 2008). "Ray Winstone exclusive: The hard times". The Mirror. 
  20. "Ray Winstone: The hard man". The Independent. 6 May 2006. 
  21. "Winstone's wild child". The Mail on Sunday. 9 February 2007. 
  22. "Parishes: Roydon". 
  23. "Parishes: Roydon". 
  24. "Register of Lords' Interests".