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Cranham, a Long History and Still Thriving Today
Cranham is a suburban district situated just inside the M25 and south of the A127 Southend Arterial Road. Its name is said to derive from 'Crawenho' meaning a 'spur of land frequented by crows'. It has a long history and may even have been in existence many centuries before the Domesday Book first recorded its name. Today, it has a built-up area to the north and a more spacious part to the south which comprises a conservation area and open land. The nearest tube station is at Upminster which is also a mainline railway station. The tube station is on the District Line whilst it has mainline train services to places such as Romford, Shoeburyness and London Fenchurch Street. Cranham is generally a residential suburb, the main shopping area is Front Lane which is also the main thoroughfare through Cranham, running north to south. There are also a number of businesses on the Southend Arterial Road. Bus services through the area include the Transport for London Services 248, 346 and 347. Nearby places to Cranham are North Ockendon, Bulphan, Hornchurch, Rainham and Aveley. Cranham has the postcode RM14 as well as CM13, surrounding postcodes include RM11, RM12, RM3 and CM14.