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.
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 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.
Next public walks:
Saturday 29th September at 2pm Book here
As at 19.9.18 – 4 places left
Saturday 27th October at 2pm Book here
(For public walks £1 from each attendee is donated to Prostate Cancer UK
in memory of Christopher Bracey of God’s Own Junkyard)
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!”
I also lead walks in Chingford:
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.