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Walthamstow Village used to be just that, a small rural village. The Old Town Hall still stands in Orford Road. The word “Walthamstow” is derived from “Weald” meaning wood, “Ham” meaning a manor and “Stow” meaning place. In 1086 Walthamstow was a small rural farming community with a population of 82!
Much has changed since then, but you still get the feeling of the old Walthamstow in the Village.
William Morris writer, poet, designer and socialist lived on Forest Road ,the house is now a local Museum and Gallery, the former grounds are now a public park.
Frederick Bremer built the first motor car; this can be seen today in the vestry House Museum in Walthamstow Village.
The first all British built aircraft took its maiden flight from Walthamstow Marshes in 1909.
The main centre of Walthamstow used to be Orford Road in the Village and the Old Town Hall is still to be found here.
Vestry House was built in 1730, formerly a workhouse until the 1830`s a police station until 1870 an armoury until 1891 and now a great local museum.