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Welcome Logo ... to a website dedicated to recording the memories of those who were born, arrived, lived, worked or died in Walthamstow, formerly an Urban District, then a Municipal Borough in Essex, now part of the London Borough of Waltham Forest.

The site stores people's memories but also acts as a bulletin-board service listing the numerous emails we receive - seeking help with everything from family research to "Do your remember... ?"

We list received emails with an email link to the sender. We will try to answer any queries, if we can, but in most instances we simply do not know the answers to the questions we receive - but... you never know who might!

Scroll down for more info on how this website works and what it contains.

Yes, all human existence is here - provided its roots lie in Walthamstow - lost but not forgotten!

Send your emails to either the site originator, John Knowles at email or to our co-editor, Daniel Quinn daniel@walthamstowmemories.net. Daniel is providing a greater range of information and better feedback for all of us who contribute and use the site. If anybody else would like to join us then please get in touch - there is always plenty to do!

What's new

23 February 2015 - From Daniel:

My dear Friends & Visitors,

Several new items on our site:
Please visit the new "Walthamstow Memories Galleries" (or click "Galleries" on the top menu)
New entries in the "Personal Stories" section: just scroll down to see the "Just in" message..

Enjoy browsing your site & kindest regards



For old "What's New" messages [Click Here]


Read the emails for the current year in Postbag 2015


Highlights [Top of page]

you may be interested to know about this new site (http://t.ymlp312.net/bmwqafauqwsmanaywavajmss/click.php): Free advice on debt, benefits, immigration, housing, work, household bills, pensions, retirement, health and social care. A partnership of advice agencies, led by Waltham Forest Citizens Advice Bureau, which provides the right advice, at the right time for residents of Waltham Forest.

If you would like a photograph of a particular spot in Walthamstow - for instance an ancestor's house or the road where you once lived - our friend Dave Hughes has offered to take one for you!
He lives in Walthamstow and often is out and about in the area taking pictures, for inclusion in the 'Walthamstow: Past & Present' project, which he's currently compiling.
Please email Dave with your request, providing it is in the E17 area, and he will take the picture and email it to you in jpeg format. There will be no charge for this, but perhaps just a bit of time to wait...
Most of the pictures will be added to the "Photo's of Walthamstow" section of the WPP project. The project's CD is available from Dave at a cost of £5.00 (Free p&p in the UK - £2.00 Elsewhere).

First Time Here? [Top of page]

For those visiting this site for the first time, we suggest starting from the FAQ Page, which contains useful guidance.

Then you might like browsing the personal recollections and stories sent in by our visitors, often past residents of this London suburb, that was once part of Essex: the "Memories" tag on the menu at the top of this page will guide you there.

If you are 'digging your roots', the "Family History" section contains emails we received, grouped by Surname.

Our "Postbags" contain all the emails we have received up to now, conveniently arranged by years

(postcard image by curtesy of Rodney Silk)

The "Personal Stories" section is an archive of stories and photographs about institutions, local traders, places and historic events that form the history of Walthamstow and the surrounding area.

For those interested in music groups, the section "Local Bands" will delight you!

Please feel free to email any material on Walthamstow - we will always try to feature it.

We are particularly interested in photographs and copies of documents that relate to the history of Walthamstow and the neighbouring London suburbs of Leyton, Chingford, Woodford, Highams Park and Loughton.

All material should be emailed to either John or Daniel [daniel@walthamstowmemories.net]

Sit back and enjoy yourself!


Why are we doing this? Read our aims in here ...


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NOTICE: Walthamstow Memories is not responsible for the content of the contributions it receives. Any queries concerning any aspect of the content of a published contribution should be addressed directly to the contributor. Walthamstow Memories will only remove a contribution if the contributor requests it or if the content is likely to create offence or contains racist or sexist sentiments or material that is likely to offend religious or faith groups.