Becontree Bus Station to Chigwell Row (The Maypole)
Monday March 7th 2011
Our bus was pretty speedy along here, skimming past the mainly pebbledash inter war housing. These housing developments were largely built without shops and other services, which instead clustered along the still busy Goodmayes and Seven Kings High Streets. I had hoped Seven Kings might be named after a whole heap of Saxon rulers with those novel and unpronounceable names such as Etheldred or Aelfoot ( I made that one up) but it seems more likely it was just Sevve’s settlement. By now we had entered Redbridge whose borough logo seems more like a cannabis plant than a chestnut , but who am I to question what was undoubtedly an expensively commissioned corporate symbol?