London Walking Tours    with Joanna Moncrieff

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 who brought to us the tale of Sweeney Todd. Today Water House is home to the William Morris Gallery, Art Fund Museum of the Year 2013.

St Mary's Churchyard Walthamstow

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 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 church and hear how Lord Mayor of London George Monoux was a great benefactor to the area.

Our walk finishes on the site of a short-lived railway station now home to the jaw dropping God’s Own Junkyard, a couple of breweries and a gin palace too!

New mosaic art by Artyface

New mosaic art by Artyface

God's Own Junkyard

God’s Own Junkyard

(For public walks £1 from each attendee is donated to Prostate Cancer UK

in memory of Christopher Bracey of God’s Own Junkyard)   (Previous donations were on his own page – now closed)


Jean & Dave H (August 2019) “We thoroughly enjoyed your vast knowledge of the area and your fantastic way of making us feel as if we had know you a long time. Hope to join you again on one of your walks.”

TripAdvisor 5 star review

Two 5 star reviews from June 2018 – one from a local and one from someone who had never visited before:

Traveller2London (June 2018) “Such an interesting walk. I was born and bred in Walthamstow, but Joanna still showed me things that I didn’t know about – in particular the cobbled street, and the information about the man that Lloyd Park was named after! She showed a passion for the area and this was catching! Thank you Joanna!”

Sally C (June 2018) “I knew nothing about Walthamstow apart from the William Morris gallery. … Joanna’s tour was informative and fun – a bit of history, anecdote, and lots of information about what’s happening in Walthamstow now. Very friendly and relaxed. I will be looking out for more of joanna’s tours!”


Other Walthamstow walks

All these can be booked privately

Forgotten Walthamstow and its late 19th century musical heritage (Chestnuts House to Vestry House Museum) forgotten-walthamstow-and-its-late-19th-century-musical-heritage-tickets-62109178224

Penny Loaves, Poisoning, Poverty and Pubs (Queen’s Road area) penny-loaves-poisoning-poverty-and-pubs-a-walthamstow-walk-tickets-71411946053  

Puddings, Poinsettias and Pantomimes (Christmas only!) puddings-poinsettias-pantomimes-a-walthamstow-christmas-walk-tickets-81869326359

I also lead a Chingford walk:

From Fields and the Forest to Royals and the Railway

CONTACT ME for availability and cost for a private walk on a date to suit.  Walks can always be adapted to start and finish at a place convenient to you and coffee or pub stops can be included too.

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