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Goodmayes High Road in 2005
Goodmayes is located in Greater London
Population 13,069 (2011 Census. Ward)
OS grid reference TQ465865
• Charing Cross 11 mi (18 km) WSW
London borough
Ceremonial county Greater London
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town ILFORD
Postcode district IG3
Post town ROMFORD
Postcode district RM6
Dialling code 020
Police Metropolitan
Fire London
Ambulance London
EU Parliament London
UK Parliament
  • Ilford South, Ilford North
London Assembly
  • Havering and Redbridge
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51°33′47″N 00°06′48″E / 51.56306°N 0.11333°E / 51.56306; 0.11333

Goodmayes is a district of Ilford in the London Borough of Redbridge, England. It is situated approximately two miles east of Ilford town centre and forms part of both the Romford and Ilford post towns. Historically part of Essex, it was part of the Municipal Borough of Ilford until 1965 when it was incorporated into Greater London.


Goodmayes was largely undeveloped until the end of the 19th century, when large scale suburban development took place as London expanded. However, Goodmayes does appear on maps as early as the 1770s. Barley Lane is believed to be named after Dorothy Barley, the sister of Henry Barley, Dorothy was the last Abbess of nearby Barking Abbey (elected 1527). Most of the area here and in neighbouring Seven Kings was only built up between 1898 and 1910 by the developer A. C. Corbett who used new stations on the Great Eastern Railway to promote the new suburbs. Goodmayes station was built in 1901. Since then, little has changed in the area and the lines of Edwardian terraced housing continue to dominate the area with relatively few more recent additions.

Former extensive railway sidings near Goodmayes Station were closed in the 1970s and later redeveloped for retail purposes. A large Tesco store and a branch of Wickes now occupy the site.

Actor Cardew Robinson was born in Goodmayes on 14 August 1917. He is best remembered for character and cameo roles, the best known being the fakir in 'Carry-On Up the Khyber'. He died at Roehampton in 1992.

Actor Sir Ian Holm was born at Goodmayes Hospital on 12 September 1931, to Scottish parents, Jean Wilson Holm and James Harvey Cuthbert. His mother was a nurse and his father was a psychiatrist and superintendent of the West Ham Corporation Mental Hospital as Goodmayes Hospital was then known. Cuthbert was one of the pioneers of electric shock therapy for treating mental illness. Ian Holm was created a CBE in 1989 and was knighted in 1998.

Goodmayes was part of the Chadwell ward of the ancient parish of Barking, Essex. In 1888 the Chadwell and Great Ilford wards of Barking became a new parish of Ilford. This became Ilford Urban District in 1894 and was the Municipal Borough of Ilford from 1926 to 1965. The London Borough of Redbridge was formed in 1965 from Ilford and other areas.


Goodmayes Park, an area of open space containing a lake, basketball and tennis courts, is located here. It once contained a bandstand and a boathouse but these are no longer available. Another local park is named Barley Lane Park.

There is also a psychiatric hospital in Barley Lane known as Goodmayes Mental Hospital, which forms part of the North East London NHS Foundation Trust. On Barley Lane, Brookside is based. Brookside is, according to 'the quality network for inpatient CAMHS services' (QNIC), an adolescent unit that provides a high standard of care. Brookside comprises Brookside Main, Interact Outreach service and the Willows at Brookside High Dependency Unit. the Brookside unit has recently closed by the NELFT following a cqc inspection and will be reopened when planned work is carried out .

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Goodmayes railway station is served by TfL Rail, with trains to/from London Liverpool Street. Services will be extended via the Elizabeth line through central London to Heathrow Airport and Reading, but as of 2019 the project is delayed. Additional East London Transit route EL3 to Barking Riverside has served the station and surrounding area since February 2017.

The nearest London Underground stations are Barking on the District and Hammersmith & City lines, and Newbury Park on the Central line.

See also

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