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Walthamstow

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Walthamstow
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Borough:Waltham Forest
County:Greater London
Region:Greater London
Nation:England
Other
Ceremonial County:Greater London
Traditional County:Essex
Post Office and Telephone
Post town:LONDON
Postcode:E17
Dialling Code:020

Walthamstow is an area of the London Borough of Waltham Forest. It is 6.4 miles (10.3 km) north east of Charing Cross.

Walthamstow is bordered by the River Lea to the west and Epping Forest to the east. It is recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086 as Wacoumstou or Wilcumestow. Walthamstow was a borough in Essex until it was merged with Chingford and Leyton to form the London Borough of Waltham Forest in 1965.

In more recent times it has been associated with the band East 17, a play on the location's postcode E17. It is also famous for the Walthamstow Dog Track.

The area has three museums, the William Morris Gallery, the Pump House Museum and the Vestry House Museum. Walthamstow's daily street market is claimed to be Europe's longest at 1km.


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Walthamstow Market

Walthamstow Market is Europe's longest at over 1km and runs the length of Walthamstow High Street. It began in 1885, and has kept a traditional cockney feel whilst absorbing influences from the diverse cultures of the area. Stalls and shops on the market sell goods such as south Asian foods and Caribbean music alongside one of London's most famous pie and mash outlets.

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Arms of the former Walthamstow Borough Council

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