Walthamstow: From Monoux and Morris to Beer and Bacon Jam
|Address||531 Forest Road Walthamstow|
|At||William Morris Gallery (outside front entrance)|
531 Forest Road Walthamstow
William Morris Gallery (outside front entrance)
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 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 walk starts outside the front entrance to the William Morris Gallery which is about 12 minutes’ walk from Walthamstow Central station. On arriving at the top of the escalator from the tube turn immediately left - signposted for buses and Selborne Road. You will go down a short flight of stairs and then after going through the barriers go up a bigger steep flight of stairs. At the top of the stairs walk straight on, through the bus station. At the end you will see a small alleyway called Rosebank Villas. There is a betting shop and ahead you will see the side of the Empire Cinema. As you emerge out of the alleyway turn right. Then take the first left which is Hoe Street. Carry on along Hoe Street and after about 7 minutes turn left into Gaywood Road - this cuts off the corner and at the end of Gaywood Road you will be opposite the Gallery. Please do take care when walking along Hoe Street as there are a number of so-called Copenhagen style crossings where there is no obvious division between the pavement and the road. If you have any accessibility issues it would be better to get off the tube at Tottenham Hale and then get a 123 bus in the direction of Ilford; there is a bus stop outside the Gallery. The industrial estate at the end of the walk is about 13 minutes’ walk back to the tube or 7 minutes’ walk to Wood Street station (Liverpool St to Chingford Line). I will donate £1 from every booking to Prostate Cancer UK in memory of Chris Bracey who founded God’s Own Junkyard where our walk finishes https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/ChristopherBracey More info about the starting location for the walk can be found on the William Morris Gallery website All my upcoming walks (including my Royals, Rogues & Retreats walk around Chingford) can be found here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/joanna-moncrieff-footprints-of-london-6750753789
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