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Woodford, a parish in the hundred of Becontree, adjacent to Wanstead, 1.96 miles southeast of Chingford, 2.24 southwest of Chigwell, 3.62 northeast of Leyton, 4.39 southeast of Edmonton, Middlesex, 5.34 southeast of Enfield, Middlesex, and 8 miles north northeast of London "…so called from the ford in the wood, or [Epping] forest, where is now Woodford-bridge. Woodford is situated on the confines of Epping Forest, on the main road from London to Newmarket, which passes through it… mansions of a superior character, which are principally occupied by wealthy merchants of the metropolis [in 1831]… The custom of Borough English, by which the younger son inherits, prevails in this manor… The living is a rectory, in the peculiar jurisdiction of the Commissary of London, concurrently with the Consistorial Court of the Bishop of London, rated in the king's books at £11. 12. 1., and in the patronage of the Hon. W. T. L. P. Wellesley…" (Lewis…, 1831)

No Combe families have been located in Woodford as yet, but John LOVETT, born ca 1621, and brother of Elizabeth LOVETT Combe (wife of John, s/o John and Margaret ARCHDALE Combe) married Katherine WROTH of Woodford Bridge (Visitations of Bucks). He died in Dec 1643 in Sparsholt, Berks, where his sister was living at the time.


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