Chingford is a district in North East London, located in the London Borough of Waltham Forest and is situated 10 miles (16 km) northeast of Charing Cross. Historically a rural Essex parish, it gained urban district status in 1894, and in the company of 1938 and 1965 formed the core of the Municipal Borough of Chingford. Chingford is near to the Essex border of Epping Forest District. Chingford has a population of 66,211 as of 2011, represented by six electoral wards, which includes its sub-neighbourhoods such as Chingford Mount, Friday Hill and Highams Park.
It borders Sewardstone to the north, Woodford Green and Buckhurst Hill to the east and Walthamstow to the south. To the west lie William Girling and King George V reservoirs, known together as the Chingford Reservoirs, and the River Lea. Across these, Chingford is linked taking into account Ponders End through the A110 Lea Valley Road, whilst South Chingford is linked following Edmonton through the A406 Lea Valley Viaduct. To the north and east lies Epping Forest, the most part of which is in Essex but is maintained by the City of London Corporation.