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.
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 ticket 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 "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.
This walk is fully accessible for wheelchair users.
The industrial estate at the end of the walk is about 13 minutes’ walk back to Walthamstow Central tube.
Please note there are no trains on the Chingford to Liverpool Street Line on this weekend. More details on TfL's Journey Planner planned-track-closures
You may want to arrive early to have a look around the William Morris Gallery before the walk. It's free to enter plus there's a cafe there too website
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
Recent 5 star reviews:
Debbie C (March 2019): "This was a fantastic walk with lots of interesting facts. We don't live far from Walthamstow but certainly learnt more about the area than we would have thought. Looking forward to Joanna's walk in Chingford."
Cathy B (Art Night) (February 2019) "We arranged a private tour with Joanna around Walthamstow to learn more about the area where we're currently working and will arrange an art festival this Summer. We learned loads of really interesting and unexpected facts and details within the 2 hour walk. Joanna also recommended pubs and good reads about Walthamstow, as well as sending us links to further information - a truly great walking tour!"
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!"
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William Morris Gallery (outside front entrance)
531 Forest Road Walthamstow London, E17 4PP