Ilford town is located in the suburbs of northeast London, England.  It is the administrative centre of the London Borough of Redbridge and a significant commercial and shopping district.  Ilford is listed in the Domesday survey of 1086, when it was known as ‘Ilefort’.  The settlement originated as a small village in rural Essex.  Its economy was largely agricultural.  Ilford grew rapidly in the 1800s, and brickworks were built to support the booming construction trade.  The area was home to a number of industries, producing paper, shirt collars and cuffs, chemicals and photographic film.  Ilford also had a successful coaching trade, aided by the proximity of the London to Colchester road.  The railway station was constructed in 1839, and the convenience and speed of train travel meant that there was less of a demand for coaches.  However, the town continued to grow, and its rural surroundings were rapidly replaced by growing housing developments.  Residents travelled to London for work, and continue to commute to this day.