Walford

Walford is a fictional borough of east London in the BBC soap opera EastEnders. The name Walford is both a street in Dalston where one of the series' creators, Tony Holland, lived and a blend of Walthamstow, where Holland was born, and Stratford. The suffix 'ford' is also found throughout East London, for example, South Woodford). Walford's London postcode district is E20 (real East London postcode districts only went up to E18 until 2011, when E20 was introduced to serve the London 2012 Olympic Park) and a fictional tube station, Walford East, which is located on the EastEnders tube map in the position normally occupied by the real Bromley-by-Bow tube station. Denise Fox also mentioned that Walford has another tube station called Walford West.

EastEnders is actually filmed at Borehamwood in Hertfordshire, towards the north-west of London. Much of the location work is filmed in nearby Watford.

Locations used in Watford are: The cemetery (where most of the deceased characters are interred), most interior and exterior church scenes of various churches, the snooker club, and the County / Magistrate Courtrooms.

It has been suggested that Watford - a town situated just beyond London's borders in the county of Hertfordshire - was chosen for much of the exterior scenes due to its close proximity, and that the town name is so similar to Walford. Thus, any stray road signs or advertising boards which are accidentally filmed in the back of shots will appear to read Walford.

As part of 2010 Children In Need, Walford became twinned with Weatherfield in a special programme uniting the two soaps Eastenders and Coronation Street (set in Manchester), called "East Street".

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