It developed along the Great Road, the old Roman road between London and Colchester. There was a small Roman camp here named Durolitum.
St. Edward's Church in the Market Place is a Victorian replacement by John Johnson for an earlier church.
The brewery in the town was featured on TV advertisements, to the tune of "There'll Always Be a Romford", and Ian Dury's "Razzle in My Pocket" is set in South Street.
People born in Romford include Tony Adams, England footballer; Johnny Leach, England table tennis player; Richard Madeley, TV presenter; and Francis Quarles, 17th century poet.
Blue Badge Guide Colin Crosby is available to lead Guided Walks around Romford for groups.