Queen Elizabeth's Hunting Lodge (c) Joanna Moncrieff 2014
Although bearing a London postcode (E4) and only 10.5 miles from Central London, North Chingford still has a semi-rural feel to it.
By 1863 when the world's first underground railway had opened between Farringdon and Paddington the only access into London from Chingford was by twice weekly stagecoach. Unlike its historically more accessible neighbour Walthamstow, Chingford* was practically cut off from civilisation until the arrival of the railway ten years later.
More famously connected with Elizabeth I the hunting lodge in the picture above was built for another famous royal and some 340 years following this event Chingford welcomed the country's second longest-serving monarch to the town whilst celebrating another significant event in its history.
The walk includes hearing about a 19th Century swindler and the long-forgotten local cutlery industry and how the cutler broke the rules. We will see the former pub built "in the wildest Loire style" but known as the white elephant and hear about a famous composer's misguided attempt to qualify as a pilot at Chingford Aerodrome. The walk will finish at a 19th Century refreshment retreat on the edge of Epping Forest but only a 10 minute downhill walk back to the station.
The meeting place is outside the station. There is only one exit.
The twice monthly Chingford Village Market will be taking place on the day of the walk from 10am to 5pm which you may want to visit before or after the walk. It takes place on Station Road between Buxton Road and Willow Street about 7 minutes' walk from the station https://www.facebook.com/Love-North-Chingford-1461478190738292/?fref=photo
*Chingford is no longer inaccessible. London Overground trains run from Liverpool Street (25 minutes) via Walthamstow (10 minutes) every 15 minutes. Chingford is in Zone 5.
You can check travel options at the Transport for London Journey Planner.