Secret London: Ilford
Little Known Facts about Ilford
Dick Turpin’s wife stayed in Ilford, next to the Turpin pub in Newbury Park. The house still stands but is in poor repair.
Queen Boadicea allegedly rode down Ilford High Road on the way to London from Colchester, along the new straight Roman Road that had been built.
The first floodlit Rugby Union match in England took place at Gordon Fields in Ilford on 3rd December 1936. It was between Ilford Wanderers and Old Bancroftians.
Dr Barnardo's Children’s Homes started in Ilford when, in 1870, he was offered some land on a rent-free lease as a wedding present.
John Logie Baird, who invented the television, moved to Ilford in the mid/late 1920’s to work on his new invention.
Ilford is officially the luckiest place for UK lottery wins. They’ve had 22 winning tickets and a huge winnings total of £44,174,203.00. 10 millionaires have been created in Ilford!