Whipps Cross Road, E11

Place Name

Whipps Cross is a mutation of the area’s 16thCentury name, Phyppys Crosse, first recorded in 1517. In fact the connection with John Phyppe’s family and area goes back to the late 14thCentury, according to local records. In 1537 it was recorded as Fypps Chrosse, in 1572 as Phippes Cross and only became Whipps Cross in 1636. The story that people caught poaching from nearby parts of Epping Forest were formerly whipped all the way from here to Walthamstow or that there was whipping post here is a myth.



Eastern section became road when houses were built there in 18th century; this section was known as Assembly Row after the Assembly House; later called Forest Place because it faces Epping Forest land. Whipps Cross Road more recent name for the road, though Whipps Cross name of crossroads (at western end) is old – originally Phipps Cross from name of people living there. Developed 1890-1901.




Part was previously Forest Place, E11, Section of what is now Whipps Cross Road east of Forest Glade.


Whipps Cross Hospital, Whipps Cross Rd, Leytonstone, E11 1NR

The West Ham Board of Guardians bought Forest House in AD1889 with the intention fo building a workhouse. The construction of an infirmary started in Ad1900 and was completed in AD1903. During the first world war the infirmary was used to treat military casualties. By the end of the war the infirmary had started to become a general hospital and the name changed to Whipps Cross.

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