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Walking Tour - From Monoux and Morris to Beer and Bacon Jam

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William Morris Gallery (outside front entrance)

531 Forest Road

Walthamstow

London

E17 4PP

United Kingdom

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Explore the ups and downs of Walthamstow's history on this guided walk with Joanna Moncrieff

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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 publisher Edward Lloyd who brought to us the tale of Sweeney Todd and so much more. Today Water House is home to the William Morris Gallery, Art Fund Museum of the Year 2013. 

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 with a multicoloured floor. 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.

Some of the lovely comments received after 'leading' this as a virtual tour during March-May 2021.

"Brilliant, despite living here for 40 years I learnt a lot about the area I walk around regularly I am amazed what I have missed!!"

“Really enjoyed the talk today - incredibly interesting and engaging.”

“Amazing!! as usual, great talk thank you”

“Thank you, that was fascinating and really informative.”

“Thanks Joanna, didn't think I would learn much new but I sure did. Great Talk!”

“Thank you so much! Really enjoyed it and learnt a lot. Fascinating.”

Here are some reviews of the real life version of this tour:

Jean & Dave H (August 2019) “We thoroughly enjoyed your vast knowledge of the area and your fantastic way of making us feel as if we had know you a long time. Hope to join you again on one of your walks.”

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!"

Upcoming dates for all Joanna's tours including Foodie themed Christmas Lights walks in the West End can be found on the following link. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/joanna-moncrieff-footprints-of-london-6750753789

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Before booking on a walking tour it is important that you read the full details of our COVID-19 mitigation practices on the link below, so you know what to expect and what we expect of you. This may update after you book so please check our website closer to the date of the walk.

http://footprintsoflondon.com/2020/08/important-customer-guidance-for-attending-walking-tours/

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The industrial estate at the end of the walk is about 13 minutes’ walk back to Walthamstow Central tube.

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 https://www.wmgallery.org.uk/home

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

All walks can be offered as private tours and depending on current restrictions both as virtual and real life tours. Please get in touch via the contact button for more information

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Date and time

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William Morris Gallery (outside front entrance)

531 Forest Road

Walthamstow

London

E17 4PP

United Kingdom

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Refund policy

Refunds up to 1 day before event

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Organizer Joanna Moncrieff, Footprints of London

Organizer of Walking Tour - From Monoux and Morris to Beer and Bacon Jam

I’m a Londoner born and bred and a London obsessive! My entertaining walks will take you off the beaten track along alleyways and lesser known streets away from the crowds to explore the ‘real’ London. 

I have an extensive knowledge of good pubs, bars and cafes and your walk could include a stop along the way!

 

Read what clients think of my walks here

 

IMPORTANT: Attendance on any walk can only be guaranteed through pre-booking.  If you cannot pre-book here but wish to attend, you are welcome to do so, but you must please give me prior notice using the “contact the organiser” facility below (please remember to provide a phone number) and I will confirm arrangements by return. Please only make the journey to a meeting point if you have received a confirmation from me.

 

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