Chigwell Road, E18

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Directional, the road leading to Chigwell. Norman Gunby offers several potential reasons for how Chigwell got its name in his book A Potted History of Ilford. Appearing as Cingheuvella in the Domesday survey of 1086, it was a settlement of the East Saxons. A more recognisable name appeared 101 years later in the Pipe Rolls of 1187 referring to Chiggewell. It may have come from a Saxon name Cica, or a corruption of the Old English word ceacge meaning gorse. A third explanation suggests it could have been influenced by the nearby Chingford, meaning shingly ford; and finally with the royal hunting forest nearby it could mean king’s well.

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