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Waltham AbbeyLondon
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Waltham Abbey is a market town lying between the River Lea and Epping Forest in south-eastern England. It takes its name from the Abbey of Waltham which was established in the 11th century (see the article Waltham Abbey Church in this website).
The Abbey was an important place of pilgrimage in medieval times and the town grew up servicing these pilgrims. The monks diverted part of the River Lea to make a millstream. They built cloth mills and later mills producing vegetable oil. As well agriculture flourished on the fertile river flats and the proximity of the river as a trade route ensured Waltham’s success as a market town.
With the Dissolution of the Monasteries in Tudor times the town’s fortunes declined. The mills became privately owned and around 1666 were converted into gunpowder mills. Other industries including the printing of silk and calico grew up but the main industry was the manufacture of explosives. In 1991 The Royal Gunpowder Mills closed and are now a major tourist attraction.
The town’s prosperity now mainly comes from being a dormitory suburb for London. However, the town still retains its Market Square and markets are held every Tuesday. The Welsh Harp in the square is a 15th century half-timbered inn.
King Harold buried in churchyard
The Lychgate Passage beside the inn leads to Waltham Abbey Church (incorporating parts of the ancient Abbey). The Anglo-Saxon King Harold is buried in the churchyard.
Visitor Information Centre
Visit the Tourist Information Office in the Town Hall in Highbridge Street to pick up a town map showing sites of interest. The Town Hall built in 1906 is a fine example of an Art Nouveau public building.
Plan Your Visit
Contact & Further Information
Telephone  +44 (0)1992 714 949
Getting There
To plan your journey whilst in London, use the Transport for London 'Journey Planner'.
- By Underground
Loughton       Central Line
There are bus connections to Waltham Abbey.
- By Rail
Liverpool Street Station      National Rail.
Leave the train at Waltham Cross Station. From there buses run to Waltham Abbey.
For timetable, fares and tickets go to  Web: National Rail Enquiries
- By Bus
Arriva Bus Company  Web: Arriva Bus
250 Waltham Cross – Waltham Abbey – Loughton (Central Line).
251 Cheshunt – Waltham Cross – Waltham Abbey – Upshire.
Regal Busway  Web: Regal Busway 
211/212 Waltham Cross – Waltham Abbey – Breach Barns.
213 Waltham Cross – Waltham Abbey – Upshire – Epping.
- By Car
Take the M25 motorway clockwise. At Junction 26 exit onto the A121 to Waltham Abbey
Google Maps - Waltham Abbey

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