Virtual Tour: From Monoux and Morris to Beer and Bacon Jam.

Explore Walthamstow’s fascinating history on a virtual tour between William Morris’s childhood home and the historic village area. ‘Led’ by qualified tour guide Joanna Moncrieff.

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 virtual tour 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.

Using maps and images Joanna will lead you along the streets of Walthamstow including a set of mews built by a local butcher/property developer, the Greek style theatre hidden within a school and a remnant from Robert Smirke’s General Post Office.

1777 map via

We will virtually 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.

The tour virtually finishes in 21st century Walthamstow in an industrial park with a difference.

This is a live virtual tour hosted via Zoom video conferencing where your guide will give an illustrated presentation of the tour route with an accompanying talk. There will be opportunities for questions and interaction both during and after the virtual tour.

Some of the lovely reviews received after doing this virtual tour:

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

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

“Excellent talk and tour. Thank you”

“Thank you very much Joanna! Enjoyed it very much.”

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

“Thank you – always wonderful to go on these ‘virtual walks’ 🙂”

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

“Many thanks for the talk, it was excellent! Much obliged!”

“Thanks we really enjoyed it.”

Joanna also offers virtual tours of Chingford and elsewhere. Upcoming dates for all Joanna’s tours can be found on the following link.

All walks can be offered as private tours and depending on current restrictions both as virtual and real life tours.

Joanna Moncrieff is a qualified City of Westminster and Clerkenwell & Islington Tour Guide and since 2009 has created and led walks both in Central London and her own neck of the woods in Walthamstow and Chingford. Depending on restrictions in operation during the pandemic walks can be both virtual and in real life.

A Westminster Walks event.