It was named after a bridge that was demolished in 1921 over the River Roding. Unlike other bridges in the area which were made of white stone, the bridge was made of red brick. The name was first applied to the area and the Redbridge tube station was opened in 1947. It was formerly known as Hocklee's Bridge.
Parks & Open Spaces
There are more than 35 parks, playgrounds, and open spaces in Redbridge. Among them are Hainault Forest Country Park, which includes adventure play areas, a cafe, and a petting zoo; Roding Valley Park, an area of woodland and flora; Valentines Park, which includes Valentines Mansion, ornamental gardens, bowling greens, and an outdoor gym; and Claybury Woods and Park, a conservation area with oak and hornbeam woodlands, meadows, and wildlife ponds
Arts & Culture
Ilford's Valentines Park is home to Valentines Mansion, a Georgian country house with gardens.
In 1975, the Kenneth More Theatre opened in Oakfield Road, Ilford.
The Redbridge Museum, which opened in 2000, is located on the second floor of the Redbridge Central Library, Clements Road, Ilford. It is part of the Redbridge Heritage Centre.
In Chadwell Heath, the Embassy Cinema is an Art Deco former cinema that opened in 1934 and closed in 1966. It is currently undergoing a major restoration.
Sport & Leisure
There are a number of sports and leisure facilities in Redbridge, including the Redbridge Cycling Centre, which has road and off-road cycling tracks.
Several local football clubs compete in the Isthmian League: Redbridge F.C. (not to be confused with Dagenham & Redbridge) and Ilford FC. Barkingside F.C. play at The Oakside Stadium.
From 1923-4 and until 2002, Essex County Cricket Club played at Valentines Park in Ilford. The club stopped playing there due to financial constraints in 2002.
With a population of 278,970 in 2011, Redbridge continues to grow, as have other London boroughs. Between 1991 and 2001, the number of people increased 7.5%, and by 2011, it had risen 15.3%. The proportion of children in Redbridge is higher than average, and there is a higher proportion of older adults than average, while the proportion of working-age adults is lower than average. Last documented density was 4,945 residents per km2 (London's regional density is 5,199, far higher than England and Wales' 371).
Redbridge residents have a healthy life expectancy (HLE) of 65.5 years for males and 62.4 years for females (the England average is 63.4 for males and 64.1 for females).
As one of the most ethnically diverse local authorities in the UK, Redbridge has a population of 34% who were born outside the UK and 65.5% who identify as members of ethnic groups other than white British in the 2011 census. The largest ethnic group in Redbridge is White British (34.5%), followed by Indian (16.4%), and Pakistani (Redbridge has the largest number of Pakistanis in all London boroughs).