I am now at Chigwell, the 10th station on the Central line and part of the loop.
The station was built in 1903 and has changed little since then. Walking out of the station onto the High Road you are in the heart of Chigwell Village. The village was once on the main coaching route between London and Chipping Ongar and is now a conservation area with its large number of expensive Georgian houses.
A sign outside the station tells me this is part of the London Loop (London Outer Orbital Path). It is section 20 out of 24 and is the most rural section of the whole walk. I turned left out of the station. and walked along the High Road.
Chigwell stands on the route of a Roman Road from London to Dunmow in Essex. Roman roads are the straightest roads we have in the UK. Nowadays there are many elegant and expensive houses along this road.
This is Chigwell Lodge, a Grade II listed building. Built in the late 18th Cent building it has a small bell tower which was added in the 19th Cent. I can't find out whether there was a reason for the bell tower or whether it is a decorative feature.
You can see why many roads leading from the village have been nicknamed Millionaire's row. There are so many of these large gated properties on this road. Looking in local estate agents, prices seemed to start at £1,000,000 and go up from there!
After the golf course I turned and walked back towards the station and to the main part of the village, passing this flint fronted house on the way.
Look at the open fields behind the library and the men's club giving you an idea how rural it is here.
Continuing along the High road I crossed Chigwell Brook which flows into the Roding river that I walked along when I visited Roding Valley station.
This is the long drive to the Met Police sports ground. There is supposed to be a good cafe here but I didn't have the time to find out. Maybe next time.
Across the road from the church is The King's Head which was built in 1547 and is now a restaurant owned by Lord Sugar's property company. However it has had a more famous admirer in Charles Dickens. He said of the inn, 'Chigwell is the greatest place in the world. Such a delicious old inn opposite the churchyard, such a lovely ride, such beautiful forest scenery, such an out-of-the-way, rural place, such a sexton.' Dickens loved it so much he used the inn in his novel 'Barnaby Rudge' and called it 'The Maypole', describing it as 'having more gable ends than a lazy man would care to count on a sunny day.'
The inn was also used by the 18th cent highwayman Dick Turpin who started his criminal life poaching deer from the nearby forest.
These two 18th cent houses were also shops at one time.
Further along the High Street is Chigwell School, a public school, founded in 1629 by Samuel Harsnett, Archbishop of York. Among its past pupils is William Penn who became the founder of Pennsylvania. The original 17th cent school room where Penn was taught still exists and is now the library.
If you are thinking of sending your child here then expect to pay £16,000 per year and if you want them to board then it would cost £26,500