Chingford: From Fields and the Forest to Royals and the Railway. Guided Walk.

Pimp Hall Dovecote

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What do Ivor Novello, Lawrence of Arabia, Queen Victoria and the Forgotten Father of English Sport have in common? Answer – they all have connections to Chingford.

Chingford, on the edge of Epping Forest has a history which is very different to its near neighbour Walthamstow.

Our walk includes following a map based on an 1838 tithe map showing fields which now reflect its history and footpaths which still exist today.

We will hear about Friday Hill House which was once the home of the Boothby-Heathcotes, a family whose actions over the course of a century dramatically improved the lives of Chingford residents.

Hidden away between the allotments and the local tip can be found a 17th century dovecote which is all that remains of Pimp Hall one of Chingford’s long lost manor houses. Our walk includes a 20 minute stop at the dovecote which has recently been restored. Refreshments will be available.

The walk finishes at Queen Elizabeth’s Hunting Lodge next to a 19th Century refreshment retreat only a 10 minute downhill walk back to the station. There are two pubs close to the finish too.

Please note: this walk is slightly longer than my normal walks at approximately 2.5 miles. It will include some walking on grass and forest paths. As mentioned above the walk includes a refreshment stop.

This walk is funded by and is part of the Love North Chingford Art and Heritage Trail taking place between 24th and 27th October. Details of things going on as part of the trail will be posted on the following link

On the day of the walk at North Chingford Library there will be an exhibition of the plans for the future of Suntrap Forest Centre and artworks produced by Emma Smith of the building and natural surrounds. Also on Saturday 26 October there will be a natural heritage free drop in family workshop at the library from 10.30am – 12.30pm.

Joanna Moncrieff is a qualified City of Westminster and Clerkenwell & Islington Tour Guide and for the past 10 years has created and led walks both in Central London and her own neck of the woods in Walthamstow and Chingford.

Tickets are free but if you find you subsequently can’t make it please cancel your place. Cancellation instructions can be found in the email containing your booking confirmation.

The meeting place is outside Chingford Assembly Hall next to the Millennium Mosaic. The Assembly Hall is about 7 minutes’ walk from the station. Turn left after leaving the station and walk down Station Road until you spot the Library and Assembly Hall on the Green opposite Boots chemist.

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