I rise to speak this evening not only as the Member of Parliament for Romford but as a local resident of the Rise Park community in my constituency.
Andrew Rosindell M.P., House of Commons, Post Office Closures, 13th July 2004
Marshalls and Rise Park Ward is an electoral ward in the London Borough of Havering, situated north of Romford Town Centre. It spans from Black’s Bridge on Main Road, marking the southern boundary of Raphael’s Park, to include the Gidea Park Exhibition Estate and Romford Golf Club. Pettits, part of the ward, encompasses the Marshalls Park community, while across the A12, it includes Collier Row east of Collier Row Lane and south of Hillfoot Road. The ward was established in the 2022 elections, combining areas from Pettits and Romford Town wards, and it elects three councillors to Havering Council.
Marshalls Park, where I have lived all my life, lies just north of the town centre and is also home to my old school, of the same name
Andrew Rosindell M.P. during his Maiden Speech in Parliament, 17th July 2001
Rise Park, one of the namesakes of the ward, is an area that consists of several parks, accessible from Beauly Way, Dee Way, Garry Close, Isbell Gardens, and along the A12 Eastern Avenue. Rise Park is characterised by a significant number of bungalows, with ongoing new housing developments in the area. Marshalls Park Academy (formerly Marshalls Park School), a coeducational secondary school, is located in the ward.
Marshalls, the other namesake of the ward, is a historical house in the area, dating back to 1213 when Gilbert Marschal leased land in Havering. The house saw various owners, including the Carew and Thorowgood families, before passing to Jackson Barwis, the High Sheriff of Essex. Although the house underwent improvements, it was eventually demolished in 1959. Ownership changed hands over the years, with notable owners like Rowland Stephenson and Hugh McIntosh. Octavia Hill, a social reformer, visited Marshalls in 1855, bringing impoverished children to experience the countryside.