In 1887, John Bartholomew's Gazetteer of the British Isles described Romford like this:
Romford, market town and par., Essex, 6 miles SW. of Brentwood and 12 miles NE. of London by rail - par., 7224 ac., pop. 9050; town, 1159 ac., pop. 7176; P.O., T.O., 1 Bank, 1 newspaper. Market-day, Wednesday. Romford is the capital of the liberty of Havering-atte-Bower, and a local government district. It has large corn and cattle markets, gardening and brewing, and is noted for its ale.
A Vision of Britain through Time includes a large library of local statistics for administrative units. For the best overall sense of how the area containing Romford has changed, please see our redistricted information for the modern district of Havering. More detailed statistical data are available under Units and statistics, which includes both administrative units covering Romford and units named after it.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Romford, in Havering and Essex | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 11th December 2013
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