Collier Row is a suburban development area of Romford. The Colliers (who were charcoal burners) were active here during the 15th and 16th centuries. The Colliers were not miners, they made their living from the forest that covered most of the area in Gobions, Uphavering as it was known back then.
The hamlet of Collier Row had 56 houses in total recorded in 1670 and five inns were recorded a century later on. The land was enclosed in 1814 and a brand new road replaced and old track leading up to Noak Hill. During the mid-19th Century, there were a lot of farmhouses built and rebuilt, then the Romford Station opening attracted some of the wealthier Londoners of the era. A missionary church was built for the village in the 1880s which marked the start of the real community spirit that we see today.
When the Eastern Avenue was opened in 1925, Collier Row remained a rural village surrounded by Clover Fields and Hay. The new and improved London access combined with Romford growing outwards was the nucleus for a major programme of construction that lasted through until the Second World War when things came to a standstill, as most places did back then.
Collier Row was provided with a shopping centre at the top of Collier Row Road, a cinema that didn’t survive – which is now the Tesco Metro you see. In response to the growth of the area, a few more Anglican churches were built pre and post the Second World War era plus a Roman Catholic church was opened back in 1965.
Now we are about to see another forecast of Growth in Romford and suburban parts such as Collier Row with the Cross Rail coming into effect in 2019, London is very much moving outwards and it is a good time for Keystones Property to start their estate agents in Romford.