town in northeast London, United Kingdom

Romford is a town in Essex. It is in the London Borough of Havering, England. It was first recorded as a town in 1153 in the Red Book of the Exchequer. The name "Romford" means "wide ford". The stream that flows through it was only later called "the Rom River" after the town.


Havering Town Hall on Main Road
Romford is located in the United Kingdom
Location within the United Kingdom
Population82,942 (2011)[1]
OS grid referenceTQ510887
• Charing Cross14.1 mi (22.7 km) SW
Greater London
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townROMFORD
Postcode districtRM1-RM7
Dialling code01708
UK Parliament
List of places
51°34′36″N 0°10′48″E / 51.5768°N 0.1801°E / 51.5768; 0.1801

In medieval times, this town was granted the right to have the only market for 6 2/3 miles around. This rule was used in the 1990s to stop a nearby town, Ilford, from opening a market nearby.[source?]. Romford had a brewery which now is an entertainment venue.

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  1. Six wards make up the Romford and North Romford area committees as well as Gidea Park