Ardleigh Green // is an area of outer east London, England in the London Borough of Havering. It is centred 15.5 miles (25 km) east-northeast of Charing Cross. As with all parts of its borough, it is in the Historic County of Essex. This part of London is a strongly suburban and predominantly residential.
Nelmes Way, Ardleigh Green
|OS grid reference||TQ535895|
|• Charing Cross||15.5 mi (24.9 km) WSW|
|Ceremonial county||Greater London|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
Amenities and natural geography
Ardleigh Green has a small set of shops and London Bus services to Hornchurch, Gidea Park and Romford. The area naturally drains to form the headwaters of a stream, The Ravensbourne which briefly flows, before joining the River Rom.
The place is an enlargement of a hamlet of (within the parish of) Hornchurch, known only as Hardley Green in various orthographies (written forms) until at least the early 17th century. With various hamlets, Hornchurch, Havering(-atte-Bower) and Romford formed not a Hundred (division of a county for minor purposes) but a liberty, the Liberty of Havering. For many centuries the three old churches of these places remained of chapel and chapelry administrative status only, as the liberty matched the area of the ancient parish of Hornchurch, which provided a substantial living (benefice, of capital and income for the parish priest) in the church.
The first written name Haddeleye and all later forms evidence a clear corruption or natural progrssion of an older form, meaning "heath clearing" or perhaps more specifically "clearing [in the] heather" from the Old English hæth and lēah. It was last referred to as "Hardley Green" in 1883, so appearing in that year's Ordnance Survey map.
Ardleigh Green has a combined junior and primary school, as well as Havering College of Further and Higher Education.