London Walking Tours    with Joanna Moncrieff

Walthamstow: From Arts and Crafts to Craft Beer

William Morris, grand tombs, theatre, music, an ancient house, a 12thC church, a brewery and illuminations galore all feature on this new walk around Walthamstow.

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. Later with the arrival of the railways the demographic changed and Walthamstow became one of the fastest growing towns of the area. Now in the 21st Century it is again changing with property prices going through the roof and its accessibility to the city being recognised once more.

We start our walk at the teenage home of William Morris which has been transformed in recent years winning the Art Fund Museum of the Year  2013.

Our walk will take in the former Granada cinema which was once a very important live music venue where famous names such as the Who, the Beatles and Roy Orbison performed. Sticking with the music theme we will hear about the record label that signed the likes of the Leyton Buzzards and The Cure.

We will also hear about Walthamstow’s theatrical history from the professional theatre in the upstairs room of one of its best pubs, the “hidden” Greek theatre and the legacy of Dick Williams whose Modern School of Music and Drama was part of so many local children’s lives.

We will of course also visit Church End one of the original settlements with its Ancient House and 12th century church and the aforementioned graveyard.

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. 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).

William Morris quote on wall in Ruby Road

St Mary's Churchyard Walthamstow

St Mary’s Churchyard Walthamstow

God's Own Junkyard

God’s Own Junkyard

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

Upcoming public walk:

Saturday 17th June 2017 – 2pm to 4pm

CONTACT ME for availability and cost on your choice of date.

All walks can be adapted to start and finish at a venue of choice in the immediate area.

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