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Romford Golf Course Havering
   
Summary: Romford Golf Club was founded in 1894 by Sir Herbert Raphael. The golf course was designed by Open Champion James Braid and laid out on c.90 acres leased from the eastern portion of the C18th Gidea Park Estate, the Club’s first secretary then the tenant of Gidea Hall. Raphael acquired the Gidea Park Estate in 1897 and was instrumental in the development of Romford Garden Suburb, as well as the creation of Raphael Park. A map of 1777 shows two parallel tree-lined avenues running north-east across the site, which on the 1807 estate map is marked The Park with clumps of trees and an avenue along its southern side. The roadway could be the Georgian track to Gidea Hall. There are two gun emplacements on the site, one complete.
Previous / Other name: Part of Gidea Park Estate
Site location: Heath Drive/Eastern Avenue, Romford
Postcode: RM2 5QB > Google Map
Type of site: Private Open Land
Date(s): C18th; 1890s (Golf Course)
Designer(s): Golf Course: James Braid
Listed structures:
Borough: Havering
Site ownership: Romford Golf Club
Site management: Romford Golf Club
Open to public? Partially
Opening times: Golf Club members only, but public footpath runs across golf course
Special conditions:
Facilities:
Events:
Public transport: Rail: Gidea Park. Bus: 151, 174, 350, 351, 374
The information shown above was correct at the time of the last update 01/07/2010
Please check with the site owner or manager for latest news. www.romfordgolfclub.com

Fuller information:

Romford Golf Club was founded in 1894 by Sir Herbert H. Raphael, barrister and Liberal MP for South Derbyshire from 1906-1918. The golf course was laid out on about 90 acres leased from the eastern portion of the former C18th Gidea Park Estate and covenanted in perpetuity as open space. The Club’s first secretary, Leslie Hollebone, at the time tenanted Gidea Hall. Raphael then acquired the Gidea Hall and the Estate in 1897 and was instrumental in the development of Romford Garden Suburb from 1910 onwards, as well as donating land to Romford Urban District Council for the development of Raphael Park (q.v.) as a public amenity. Chapman and Andre’s map of 1777 shows two parallel tree-lined avenues running north-east across the golf course site from the east side of Gidea Hall, and it appears on the Gidea Park estate map of 1807 as The Park with clumps of trees and an avenue along its southern side. The roadway could be the Georgian track to Gidea Hall. The golf course was originally designed by Open Champion James Braid (1870-1950), who also designed Enfield Golf Course (q.v.). In recent years Romford Golf Course has been used as a Qualifying venue for 'The Open' Championship.

Until 2003 it was thought that a section of Roman road went through the golf course, appearing as a raised cambered strip about 12 feet wide in the same alignment as the modern London to Colchester Road north-east from Gallows Corner. However, this has recently been examined and it has been decided that this is not the case and its listing as an Scheduled Ancient Monument will be removed. The Golf Course has been described as being of high value to wild life; it contains relics of ancient grassland and is rich in rare plants. There are two gun emplacements, one complete.

Sources consulted:

F Cowell, 'Richard Wood (?1716-93) A Preliminary Account' in Garden History vol 15 1987; F G Emmison 'Catalogue of Maps in Essex Record Office', 1952; D W Collier 'The People's History of Essex'. 1861; P Morant 'History of Essex' vol I 1816; Gidea Park & District Civic Society leaflets; L J Leicester 'The Romford Garden Suburb in Gidea Park' in Heritage Record, 1988; I G Sparkes, 'Gidea Hall and Gidea Park', 1966; B Evans 'Romford, Collier Row and Gidea Park', Chichester 1994; H Jordan 'Gidea Park Essex', 1989; Victoria County History of Essex vols v and vii
Grid ref: TQ524903
Size in hectares: 43.3
   
On EH National Register : No
EH grade:
Site on EH Heritage at Risk list:
Registered common or village green
on Commons Registration Act 1965:
No
Protected under London Squares
Preservation Act 1931:
No
 
The information below is taken from the relevant Local Authority's planning legislation, which was correct at the time of research but may have been amended in the interim. Please check with the Local Authority for latest planning information.
On Local List: Yes
In Conservation Area: Yes
Conservation Area name: w. strip bordering Heath Drive: Gidea Park
Tree Preservation Order: Not known
Nature Conservation Area: Yes - Borough Importance I
Green Belt: Yes
Metropolitan Open Land: No
Special Policy Area: No
Other LA designation:
   

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