Walthamstow, Leytonstone, and Leyton

william morris gallery

Walthamstow was mentioned in the Domesday Book as farming land and the village area is close to where the original manor was situated. The coming of the railway changed that dramatically and now it is a vibrant multicultural hub. The Greet starts at Walthamstow Central, which although at the end of the Victoria Line is only about 30 minutes from Oxford Circus on the Tube. We look at the town square and library and on Thursdays and Saturdays the famous street market- on Sundays the farmer’s market. We then move on to the village with the church and ancient house on the site of the old manor and then into the Vestry Museum, the site of the local workhouse showing a historical perspective on the area. We then move on to the William Morris Gallery, one of the founders of the Arts and Crafts Movement who lived in Walthamstow. Galleries and museums are closed on Monday and Tuesday so these are not good days for this Greet.

Area of London: East (North of the Thames)

Neighbourhoods covered: Leyton, Leytonstone, Walthamstow

Themes: History, Music, Sport, Theatre / Film

Specific areas of interest: Arts and Crafts, Markets, Museums, Social and economic history

Languages: English