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The local area guide to living in Roydon

Roydon is a quaint little village in the Epping Forest region of Essex, well liked for its quiet beauty and elegant countryside. A popular destination for those who want to escape the city, whilst still maintaining a close enough distance for work, it’s been home to several celebrities throughout its history. Today, the area hosts Ray Winstone and Michael Barrymore.

It’s famed for its black Poplar trees, particularly the World’s End Poplar, and it is extremely well protected. Its church, the St. Peter's Church, enjoys a grade 1 protected status and dates back to the Middle Ages. It sits close to the Roydon Marina Village, a 315 berth resort with a restaurant, bar and entertainment facilities. To the west lies the Lee Valley Park which underwent numerous improvements during the London Olympics. Fishing, cycling, bird watching, camping, horse riding, ice-skating and golfing, amongst other activities, are all available at the Park.

Roydon is the image of classic English countryside, and whilst the village itself doesn’t offer too much beyond the views and walks, that’s much of the appeal. Any urge for a bit of modern civilisation now and then can easily be accommodated nearby.

Information about the local residents

As part of the London commuter belt, many residents commute to London daily. Whilst the motorway takes near 40 minutes, the train provides a method that takes a mere 31 minutes to reach London Liverpool Street Station.

The region is quite affluent and nearly 47% of the population work in a professional capacity, with a third of those being managers or company directors. It’s a slightly older population than most of England, though its median age of 46 points towards the high incidence of families that populate the area. Indeed, 56% of residents are married and of the 2,193 residents, 65% identify as Christian.

Nearby schools

Roydon Primary school is found within the village and is an academy. It’s the only school within the village itself, aside from the Roydon Pre-school, though it maintains links with the nearby Burnt Mill Academy in Harlow, which takes in students of ages 11-16. Harlow also hosts Katherine’s Primary School and the Water Lane Primary School

In Hoddesdon, the John Warner School operates as an academy for 11-19-year-olds and offers 25 A-levels. The school has been consistently praised for its educational merits. The Stewards Academy, another secondary school in Harlow, is ranked ‘Good’ by Ofsted, and whilst it only takes in students aged 11-16, students often go onwards to Harlow College. One of the top 1% of Colleges in England, Harlow College has a superb track record and many of its 6th form students go onto top Universities, sometimes including Oxbridge.

Getting around

The A414 runs close to the village, leading onto the A10 and A1184, which in turn, connect to the M1 and M25 motorways. A few bus services do operate in the village and connect to nearby regional hubs. The train station, Roydon Railway station, operates on the West Anglia Main Line, linking to both Cambridge and London Liverpool Street Station. Stanstead airport is only a 30-minute drive away and taxi services are available if ordered out to the village, though no local service is found within the village.

Local shops

Roydon itself hosts only a few small shops, including its village shop, a post office and pharmacy. Nearby Harlow hosts a couple of shopping centres, with brands such as H&M, Matalan, Topshop and TK Maxx. Its market is also held four times a week, showcasing fruit, vegetables, meat, fish, clothes, and more.

Hoddesdon, on the other side of Roydon, is also quite good when it comes to shopping. With London a 30-minute train ride away, those in search of true High Street shopping head there to then spend a day in the city and shop away to their heart’s content.

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