In the mid 19th century Walthamstow was described as ‘the largest and handsomest suburban village near the metropolis’. Bordered by the river Lea on the west and Epping Forest on the east, it did indeed have many fine villas with a good sprinkling of notable residents. But the railway and the industrial development of the Lea Valley soon changed all that. Houses multiplied rapidly in an uncontrolled sprawl and population grew vastly against a background of intense radical political argument.
In this readable new history of the area, the author remnds us of the many splendours there were (and of those that survive) and also deals at length with the complex growth and problems of a London suburb coming to terms with the modern age.
Personalities include William Morris, Clement Attlee and the young Sex Pistols.
Bookmark & Share
Be the first to review this product!