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1. While there many stories and tales of Dick Turpin, there isn't as much said about his wife. However, it is know that Dick's better half stayed in Ilford, in a property that is found next to the Turpin pub, which is located next to Newbury Park. The house is still in place but it is fair to say that it has seen much better days.

2. Ilford was allegedly the setting for Queen Boadicea to ride along the road on her way to London. The Roman presence in the area can be felt in many ways in and around Ilford, with the Roman Road between Colchester and London being one of the most obvious.

3. There is often a better atmosphere at sporting events at night, and a lot of this is down the glare of the floodlights creating a very different atmosphere from weekend games. If you enjoy watching Rugby Union games under floodlight, the first match of this nature in England took place in Ilford all the way back in December of 1936. The game was played out between the Ilford Wanderers and the Old Bancroftians.

4. The great work carried out by the Dr Barnardo's Children's Homes owe a great deal to Ilford. This is because back in 1870, the homes were started up thanks to land that was provided on a rent-free lease. This was given as a wedding present and this thoughtful gift has helped countless children over the years.

5. Another reason to be thankful for what Ilford has to offer is in its role in the development of television. John Logie Baird, the inventor of television, moved into Ilford in the 1920s and he worked on his invention during this period of his life.

6. If you want to win the lottery, you may want to consider moving to Ilford. At the last count, the area has created 10 millionaires and over £44,174,203 has been won on big prizes. You have to be in it to win it as they say but if you want to improve your chances of winning it, live in Ilford!

7. If you have ever had the misfortune of being arrested and ended up in Barkingside Police Station, you get to experience one of the most unique ways of getting to court. This is because there is an underground tunnel connecting the police station with the court, which makes for an easy passage between one building and the other.

8. Getting from one location to another safely is part of the reason behind the underground tunnel but when it comes to ensuring something travels safely, there is a very important service running through Ilford. This is because, on a weekly basis, two trains filled with nuclear waste travel through the town.

9. When it comes to music, some diverse names owe a lot to Ilford. The area is well known for being the home of Iron Maiden, and the act has come a long way from being hailed the class act in the New Wave of British Heavy Metal. Another Ilford performer that was at the forefront of a British musical movement was Louise Wener, who was the lead singer of Sleeper during the mid to late 90s Britpop era.

Hopefully those 9 facts have given you a lot to think about with respect to what Ilford has to offer.

Published on 18 September 2017

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