1987 was the year of one of the worst weather events on record in Britain, when the hurricane hit the South East of England. In Epping Forest there was significant damage to trees, but in Chigwell itself the roofs were blown off of flats in the Limes Farm Estate by the dramatic weather. In October and November 2000 the weather saw such a deluge that many residents were forced to leave their homes as a result of the flooding. In fact, the flood water was so high that it was possible to travel down the Chigwell Road and navigate the Charlie Brown roundabout by canoe.
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Being within the ring of the M25, Chigwell is as much a part of London as it is Essex. The foundation of Chigwell is likely to date back to the Anglo-Saxon times when it would have been a rural area in what was then known as 'the Great Forest'. Chigwell now stands at the edge of both the Epping Forest and the Hainault Forest. The town was mentioned in the Domesday Book as a settlement of 35 adults and in Victorian times it was lauded by Charles Dickens in his novel, Barnaby Rudge, as "the greatest place in the world... such beautiful forest scenery...such an out of the way rural place!". Much of the centre of the old village of Chigwell is a protected as a conservation area that has survived the rapid growth in population.
Chigwell is the location of Tottenham Hotspur’s training ground and has an amazing record for producing footballing talent. Perhaps the most significant footballers to call Chigwell home are Bobby Moore, captain of the 1966 World Cup winning England Team, and Geoff Hurst, still the only player to have scored a hat-trick in a World Cup Final. Among current residents of Chigwell are Sir Alan Sugar (former owner of Tottenham Hotspur) and Alan Davies (Comedian and Arsenal supporter).