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Roydon, Essex

Roydon is a small village located in the Epping Forest district of the County of Essex, England. It is located 1.5 miles (2.4 km) west of Harlow, 3.5 miles (5.7 km) east of Hoddesdon and 4.6 miles (7.4 km) 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.

The church, St Peters, dates from the Middle Ages.


The village is served by Roydon railway station on the West Anglia Main Line, with trains operated by National Express East Anglia linking the village to London Liverpool Street.


Roydon is famous for its black poplar trees, particularly the World's End Poplar, and the Roydon Countrycare Section of the Roydon Society received £3,467 from the Heritage Lottery Fund for the Black Poplar Project.



The local football team, Roydon F.C., are members of the Essex Olympian Football League Division One 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. 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. 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.


The village is the home of the Roydon Mill Leisure Park. The park comprises a camping and camper van site, mobile home holiday site and residential homes. The former mill is used as a clubhouse.Angling is available in the park include 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. Glen Faba was the name of a chalet park that was compulsorily acquired by Epping Forest District Council in the early 1970s.

Notable residents

Famous past and present inhabitants include comedian tv presenter Michael Barrymore, actor Ray Winstone together with his daughter, the actress Jaime Winstone.

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