Travelling around Waltham Abbey
Waltham Abbey is a traditional market town located in the Epping Forest district of Essex. The fact that it is just 14 miles away from central London has persuaded many workers to make their home in this richly historic corner of the UK.
As its name suggests, Waltham Abbey is dominated by the structure of the abbey church which stands imposingly at the centre of the town. Surrounding it are narrow streets lined with 16th-century timber-framed buildings and the historic feel of the town is enhanced by its association with figures such as King Harold, Henry II and Henry VIII.
The fact that it is located close to the M25 means that road links between Waltham Abbey and London are very strong, and Arriva buses run services in the locality, covering destinations such as Debden, Waltham Cross and Loughton.
The recorded history of Waltham Abbey goes back as far as the reign of King Canute in the 11th century. Rumour has it that the body of Harold II was buried at Waltham Abbey after his death at the Battle of Hastings, and the town’s next claim to fame lies in the gunpowder factories built along the Lee Valley which, until the 18th century, operated in total secrecy. Modern Waltham Abbey is a quiet, upmarket town where you’ll find ‘Tony’s Pie and Mash’, a traditional eating place which claims to sell the favourite pie and mash of one David Beckham.