17 Facts About Walthamstow


Walthamstow is a large town in east London, England, within the ceremonial county of Greater London and the ancient county of Essex.

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Administrative centre of the London Borough of Waltham Forest, a local government district of Greater London, Walthamstow was a civil parish, originally part of the Becontree Hundred of Essex.

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Walthamstow is recorded c 1075 as Wilcumestowe and in the Domesday Book of 1086 as Wilcumestou.

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Walthamstow's married the Norman nobleman Ralph de Tosny or Toeni in 1103.

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Until the late 19th century Walthamstow was largely rural, with a small village centre and a number of large estates.

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Walthamstow'srnhall Street is an ancient route, as is Wood Street, to the east.

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In 1885, John Kemp Starley, originally from Church Hill in Walthamstow, designed the first modern bicycle, and in 1892, Frederick Bremer built the first British motorcar in a workshop in his garden, at Connaught Road.

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From 1894 the Municipal Borough of Walthamstow was an urban district and from 1929 a municipal borough in Essex.

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Walthamstow is bordered to the north by Chingford and to the south by Leyton and Leytonstone.

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Walthamstow Village conservation area is a district to the east of what has become the commercial centre of Walthamstow.

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Walthamstow has a wide variety of housing stock, but the vast majority of residential property was built in the early 20th century.

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Walthamstow Beer Mile, known as the Blackhorse Beer Mile, is an attraction consisting of a growing number of micro-breweries, and their associated tap-rooms, in and around Blackhorse Road and Blackhorse Lane.

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Walthamstow is served by trains on the London Underground, London Overground and National Rail networks.

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Blackhorse Road is to the west of Walthamstow, and is served by Victoria line trains and London Overground trains between Gospel Oak and Barking.

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An early British film studio the Walthamstow Studios operated in the area between 1914 and 1930.

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EMD Walthamstow is a Grade II listed cinema building in Hoe Street.

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Walthamstow's former house in Walthamstow is a museum dedicated to his life and works, while the grounds of the house are a public park .

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