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The most famous historic attraction in Romford is considered to be the market, which has run since the 13th C, then the main outlet for Hornchurch’s leather trade. Set up as a sheep market in 1247, cattle trading also took place in Romford up until 1958; a meeting point for those from Essex and London buying and selling, it was situated on the great Roman Road.
It was one of the only two markets warranted by the King in 1247 to provide supplies to the Royal Court in the capital. This market is now located in the middle of four of Romford’s main shopping centres.
History of Romford
Romford evolved alongside the transport links, once known for its agriculture, over time industry developed in the area before today’s main economy being commerce and retail. The town underwent its main development in the 1930’s. It was first recorded in 1177 as ‘Romfort’, the main from of agriculture in the area used to be mills, to grind corn. From the 15th C to the 19th C the industries other main focus was leather, there was also weaving, brewing and metalwork. When the railway opened in the late 1830’s the town expanded rapidly. Once part of Essex, Romford became part of Greater London in 1965.
Modern Day Romford
Today Romford looks set for even further expansion, as Crossrail is set to arrive; the council has invested heavily in plans for the town centre, which looks set to develop the area surrounding the train centre. There is also talk of riverside residential quarters being built in the south and the north. The market place looks set to be rejuvenated and the town generally given a makeover. Romford these days is the fourth biggest retail outlet in the City; alongside this it has an enviable night scene, attracting over 25 million visitors to the area.