The History of Walthamstow in London

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Walthamstow History

Historic Walthamstow

History of Walthamstow
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The William Morris Gallery is here in Walthamstow; it is a celebration of the life work of William Morris, the socialist and leader of the Arts and Crafts movement. The ancient parish in the area, St Mary’s, has been a place of worship for over 1,000 years. ‘The Ancient House’ in Walthamstow’s village dates back to the 15th C and has undergone recent renovation to restore it to its former glory.

The Lighthouse Methodist Church is a spectacle; the lighthouse is 35 miles from the sea and was built at the request of Captain King of the Bullard King Steamers. Walthamstow Windmill was built by John Hawkes and was in working order between 1676 and 1800.

History of Walthamstow

The original name of the place was ‘Wilcumstowe’ which means ‘place of welcome.’ Walthamstow was the birthplace of many of London’s iconic red buses, the majority of which were manufactured here. The market in Walthamstow began in 1885 it is now famed. Walthamstow was originally very rural, it is cited as far back as the Domesday Book that the area had a mill, Walthamstow was later well-known for its copper mill. Up until the 19th C Walthamstow was largely woodland, a rural setting with views across the marshes to London, it was only in the 19th C that the industry increased.

Modern Day Walthamstow

Today E17 is full of restaurants and cafes, with a strong sense of identity among the locals, it seems that those who live here these days really do love the area. There is a big arts community here with the as mentioned William Morris Gallery and God’s Own Junkyard. Thought of as a prime location for those who work in London, it is a pretty town with tree-lined streets, it boasts a rural feel yet due to its excellent transport links it is very close to central London.