Walthamstow: From Monoux and Morris to Beer and Bacon Jam
There’s so much more to Walthamstow than just its famous mile-long Market. Its history is not what you might think either but the grand tombs in St Mary’s Churchyard offer a bit of a clue.
We start our walk at the teenage home of William Morris which was later home to plagiarist and publisher Edward Lloyd. Today it is home to the William Morris Gallery, Art Fund Museum of the Year 2013.
Walthamstow has a great arts and music legacy which continues to this day with events, exhibitions and live performances and we will hear about some of the famous stars who have played here. We will also hear why the interior designer of the Granada Cinema was nicknamed “Come and Seduce me”.
Our walk takes in lesser known parts of Walthamstow such as a set of mews built by a local butcher/property developer, the theatre hidden within a school and a remnant from Robert Smirke’s General Post Office.
We will visit the real and original Walthamstow Village with its Ancient House, almshouses, workhouse and 12th century church and hear how Lord Mayor of London George Monoux was a great benefactor to the area.
Our walk finishes in 21st century Walthamstow in an industrial park which is not only home to the jaw dropping God’s Own Junkyard but the Wild Card Brewery and Mother’s Ruin Gin Palace too. The industrial estate is about 13 minutes’ walk back to the tube or 7 minutes’ walk to Wood Street station (Liverpool St to Chingford Line).
The walk starts outside the front entrance to the William Morris Gallery which is about 12 minutes’ walk from Walthamstow Central station. Comprehensive travel instructions can be found on the William Morris Gallery’s website here http://www.wmgallery.org.uk/visit/getting-here
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