Property spotlight: Romford's many connections to a particularly pious king 

St Edwards Way, Romford

St Edwards Way, Romford - Credit: Ben Lynch

Forming a kind of semi-circle at the northern end of Romford town centre, St Edwards Way is a road with connections to our most famously pious Anglo-Saxon king. 

St Edward the Confessor, who reigned from 1042-1066, had a summer home in Havering-atte-Bower. First a hunting lodge, it later became a palace which the king was known to attend. 

St Edwards Way is named after the Anglo-Saxon king, St Edward the Confessor

St Edwards Way is named after the Anglo-Saxon king, St Edward the Confessor - Credit: Ben Lynch

The name of the king's successor, Harold - who was not his son - is also supposedly why there are so many places called Harold nearby, with Harold Wood and Harold Hill but two examples. 

As well as St Edwards Way, the king’s name is also lent to landmarks including two churches, the Parish Church of St Edward the Confessor in market square and the St Edward the Confessor Catholic Church in Park End Road. 

The Parish Church of St Edward the Confessor

The Parish Church of St Edward the Confessor - Credit: Ben Lynch

St Edward the Confessor Catholic Church

St Edward the Confessor Catholic Church - Credit: Ben Lynch

Lined with a mix of amenities including stores and services, a number of properties are also situated along St Edwards Way. 

According to HM Land Registry data, none of the homes were sold in 2021. The last private property purchased was in March 2020; it was a two-bed flat which went for £228,000. 

St Edwards Way, Romford

St Edwards Way, Romford - Credit: Ben Lynch