Wonderful Walthamstow


Wonderful Walthamstow

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Walthamstow, located in the northeastern part of London, England, is an area steeped in history and vibrant culture.

In Roman times Walthamstow was a rural settlement known as Wilcumestowe, meaning “the place of welcome.” Over the centuries, it evolved into a prosperous agricultural village and later became an important centre for the textile industry during the Victorian era. Walthamstow was renowned for its wool and silk production, and many grand houses were built by wealthy merchants in the area.

Joolz and Simon discover many interesting places on this walk around Walthamstow. There’s lots of food including sushi, Caribbean, Polish doughnuts with alcohol and Indian pizza (it has to be seen to be believed!)
See where the first British motorcar was built and and where it now resides in the Vestry Museum full of the archives of the residents of Walthamstow.
There’s London’s oldest house and a remarkable collection of neon lights at Gods Own Junkyard.
There’s also the Walthamstow Civic Centre which is an impressive building and of course Lloyd Park which is the home to William Morris.
It’s quite apt that my tailor is just around the corner from someone so famous for his textile designs!

One of the notable landmarks in Walthamstow is the 12th-century Walthamstow Church, also known as St. Mary’s Church. Another significant historical site is the Vestry House Museum, a former workhouse that now displays exhibitions exploring the heritage of Waltham Forest.

Walthamstow’s cultural scene is vibrant and diverse. The area is known for its strong sense of community and artistic spirit. One of the prominent cultural events in Walthamstow is the E17 Art Trail, a biennial festival that showcases the works of local artists in various venues across the area. This event attracts visitors from all over London and celebrates the creativity and talent of the community.

Music has played a significant role in Walthamstow’s cultural history. The area has been the birthplace of several renowned musicians, including Damon Albarn of the band Blur and singer-songwriter East 17. Walthamstow Assembly Hall has hosted numerous concerts and events, contributing to the area’s vibrant music scene.

The community spirit in Walthamstow is evident in its local markets. Walthamstow Market is the longest outdoor market in Europe and has been operating since the 1880s. It offers a wide range of products, from fresh produce to clothing and household items, attracting both locals and tourists alike. Additionally, the trendy Walthamstow Village, with its independent shops and quaint cafés, provides a unique shopping experience.

The community spirit was demonstrated also when Anthony Shilds got knocked over by a bus and his life was saved when passers by got together to lift up the bus!

In recent years, Walthamstow has undergone significant regeneration, with the restoration of historic buildings, the development of new housing, and the enhancement of public spaces. The area’s rich history and cultural heritage are being preserved while embracing modernity and progress.

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