Our Waltham Forest office is located on Station Road in Chingford, a prime location for estate agents and lettings in Waltham Forest. Lying in the centre of the borough is Walthamstow, home to the longest street market in Europe. The market began in 1885, and is open every day except Mondays. There really is no better place to see the vibrant, colourful character of the borough, with its array of multi-cultural goods and stalls offering tantalising produce varying from exotic fruit and vegetables, to spices, sari fabrics, and electronics. If the carnival atmosphere of the market is not for your tastes, then a visit to the William Morris Gallery may be more appealing. The museum is the former childhood home of William Morris, one of the founding fathers of the Arts and Crafts movement. The home is a beautiful double bow-fronted Georgian villa dating back to around 1750, with exquisite, finely-kept gardens. It contains many artefacts supplementing Morris’ genius for design, such as tapestries, wallpaper, furniture and tiles. Waltham Forest is the birthplace of film maker and master of suspense, Alfred Hitchcock, and a visit to Leytonstone tube station is essential for any fan. The entrance to the station houses 17 glass mosaics, celebrating some of his most notable films.
As the preceding sections have illustrated, the borough has been subject to very clear periods of growth and development, with Waltham Forest estate and letting agents at the forefront of these developments. Prior to the major growth experienced in the Victorian period, the original settlement pattern was that of dispersed villages interspersed with farmland and larger houses. Many of these original villages now form the centre of modern settlements, although some, such as the Village in Walthamstow have now been superseded by later, bolder development. There are several buildings which remain from the pre-Victorian period and they are already well documented elsewhere, not least in terms of listing. The following typologies have been identified as those which together sum-up the most significant periods of growth and development. Further detail on the specific characteristics of each is provided in the following section of the report:
Victorian development accounts for a large proportion of the southern half of the borough and notable elements of the northern half. Its expansion can be closely linked to that of the railway linking Chingford with the City, enabling significantly reduced journey times into London. Most of the Victorian housing in the Borough tends to be at the modest end of the spectrum, but the streets are generally well planned and leave a very strong positive character
Part of a continuum with Victorian housing, Edwardian housing took on many of the traits of Victorian housing in terms of dwelling typology, block structure and so forth, but developed it in a bolder, more ornate style which has a recognisable language all of its own. The fronts of the houses are more heavily modelled than the Victorian, including external porches and bold gables, as well as a wider palette of materials including wider use of red brick. Being later in period than the Victorian development, Edwardian housing is most commonly found at further extents from the train links.
Warner housing is truly a sub-set of the Victorian and later Edwardian housing, but merits study in its own right. Developed by the Warner family with an eye on more than simple profit, they reflect an appreciation for the value of good design. In particular, the Warner Half House - two flats within a terraced house, each with its own front door and rear garden – can be particularly identified as a Waltham Forest typology. Whilst certainly not unique to the borough, the Warner developments of this typology are noted for their particular quality and the way in which the layout of the streets achieves something which is more than the simple sum of its parts.
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Leyton Midland Road
Leytonstone High Road
Walthamstow Queens Road
8 Bow Church and Oxford Circus
15 Paddington and Blackwall
25 Oxford Circus and Ilford
26 Hackney Wick and Waterloo
42 Liverpool Street Station and Denmark Hill
48 London Bridge Station and Walthamstow Central Station55 Oxford Circus and Leyton
67 Aldgate and Woodgreen
78 Shoreditch and Nunhead
100 Elephant & Castle and Shadwell
106 Whitechapel Station and Finsbury Park
108 Stratford and Lewisham
115 East Ham and Aldgate