London Walking Tours    with Joanna Moncrieff

Chingford: From Fields and the Forest to Royals and the Railway

What do Ivor Novello, Lawrence of Arabia, Queen Victoria and the Forgotten Father of English Sport have in common? Answer – they all have connections to Chingford.

Chingford, on the edge of Epping Forest has a history which is very different to its near neighbour Walthamstow.

Our walk includes following an 1838 tithe map showing fields which now reflect its history and footpaths which still exist today.

We will also hear about the World War One Aerodrome now underneath a reservoir and Ivor Novello’s connection with the airfield and the pub nearby.

Once part of the long gone Great Forest of Waltham what is today Epping Forest was a hunting ground for Henry VIII. 

Queen Elizabeth Hunting Lodge Chingford

Queen Elizabeth’s Hunting Lodge

After the Epping Forest Act of 1878 and the arrival of the railways Chingford and the Forest became a day out for hordes of Eastenders, with some 100,000 visiting on Whit Monday 1920.

Although not a sporting themed walk we will see where the man that did so much for English sport lived for a while and see a cricket ground connected to the former brewers Whitbread.

Gatekeeper's Lodge, Chingford

Former gatekeeper’s lodge

The walk finishes at a 19th Century refreshment retreat on the edge of Epping Forest but only a 10 minute downhill walk back to the station. There are two pubs close to the finish too.

This walk is approximately 2 miles long and will include some walking on forest paths.

Next public walk:

Saturday 17th November 2018 – 2pm-4pm. Book here

Pimp Hall Dovecote

Pimp Hall Dovecote