Goodmayes Avenue, IG3

Place Name

Traditionally the area is said to be named after John Godemay who in the early 14thCentury leased land from the Abbess of Barking. More recently however Peter Foley, a local historian, said that it was in fact Godemay that took his name from the hamlet – a not uncommon practice – and not vice versa. In the 15thCentury the area was recorded as Goodmaistrete and, by 1777, as Goodmath.

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