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

Churchyard at St Mary's Walthamstow

Explore the ups and downs of Walthamstow’s history on this guided walk with 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 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.

Some of the lovely comments received after ‘leading’ this 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.”

Some of the lovely reviews received from Joanna’s real life version of this tour:

Ed C (January 2022) I joined Joanna’s Walthamstow walk – fascinating! I live nearby by knew very little of the history, so it was really enjoyable. Joanna spoke with knowledge and enthusiasm.

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!”

Joanna also offers virtual tours of Chingford and elsewhere. Upcoming dates for all Joanna’s tours can be found on the following link. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/joanna-moncrieff-footprints-of-london-6750753789

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. Walks can be both virtual and in real life.

A Westminster Walks event.