Waltham Abbey Links
Victoria County History:
Topography and Manors
Local Commerce and Government
The Hundred of Waltham
The VCH is perhaps the most comprehensive history yet written
of our town and district.
Epping Forest District Museum
Sited in Sun Street in the centre of town, this Museum serves
the whole of the Epping Forest District. It is a valuable resource for the town
with regularly updated displays and a pro-active policy.
A Vision of Britain: Waltham Holy Cross
An analysis of the parish with maps, statistical trends and
historical descriptions covering the last two centuries.
Frith's Photographs of Waltham Abbey
A delightful collection of early 20th Century local views.
Waltham Abbey's Whipping-Posts and Stocks
A print from an old book of the post and stocks, bearing the
date 1598, which are currently housed in Waltham Abbey's Epping Forest
If you've viewed the whipping post there recently, you may have wondered
what the single hole near the top was for. Well, this print is historically
invaluable for it shows how that hole was originally used to secure the
whipping-post, via an iron bar, to one of the timber pillars of the old
market-house. A low bench is also shown in front of the pillar, for use with
After the market house was demolished, the whipping post was
given a new home in the west entrance to the Abbey Church - the congregation must have found that very welcoming indeed
on Sunday mornings! Curiously, the print was made long after the
market-house was pulled down, in the 1850s, so where did the artist get his
The History of Waltham Abbey, by William Winters
A complete downloadable copy of Wintersí The History
of the ancient parish of Waltham Abbey, or Holy Cross (first published
1888). Available in either PDF or DJVU format (broadband advisable), or in
plain text for slower internet connections.
Our WAHS Millennium Project No. 10
reproduces an unpublished manuscript version of this work.
The History and Antiquities of Waltham Abbey, by John Maynard
A complete downloadable copy of Maynard's The Parish
of Waltham Abbey, its History and Antiquities (first published 1865).
Available in either PDF or DJVU format (broadband advisable), or in plain
text for slower internet connections.
The History of Waltham Abbey, by Thomas Fuller (Google Books)
An online copy of Fuller's
The History of the
University of Cambridge: And of Waltham Abbey (first published 1665, this
copy taken from the 2nd edition of 1840). Available in either PDF or
DJVU format (broadband advisable), or in plain text for slower internet
The History of Waltham Abbey Football Club
(link now working)
A well-written and informative account of our local football
team, and its grounds (Capershotts, south of the cemetery on Sewardstone Road).
"Waltham Abbey Youth Club first played football at Capershotts during the Second
World War. It is not known
however at the time of writing how the club derived from a Youth team in 1944
into the Abbey Sports set up it was to become."
The history of football in Waltham Abbey does, of course, go back much further
than that of its official Club. The plaque in this photo, for example, reads
"High Beech Ath. (Essex A.F.A.) Waltham and District League, 1923-24."
(Click on the pic to enlarge it.) Standing second-from right in the back row is Francis Herbert Greenall, who was
born at Waltham Abbey in November 1907. Two of his grandchildren are current WAHS members.
(Happy 100 years, Grandad!) Note
the two groundsmen having a natter in the distance, just visible between the 2nd
and 3rd figures from left in the back row.
If you can put names to anyone else
in this photo, please let us know!
A little outdated, as it speaks of some seating that "will
be installed during the summer of 2005".
Waltham Abbey Methodist Church,
Now the Roman Catholic Church of Saint Thomas More and
Saint Edward, this photo is accompanied by brief architectural and
Careful architectural notes on this late 16th or early 17th
century L-shaped building, dating various features to different centuries,
and briefly discusses two of its 17th century residents (Joseph
Hall and Thomas Fuller).
Waltham Abbey Pubs (historical
A comprehensive online encyclopaedia of Waltham Abbey pubs in
history. This website also has details of pubs and churches across Essex, and
lots more besides.
Waltham Abbey PASTSCAPE (English Heritage)
An overview of the surviving national monuments in and
around our town, with links to detailed records of each feature, modern and
historic maps, photographic records, a list of sources, and visitor
information. Clicking on the "Investigation
History" link will produce a list of every archaeological dig made in
this town from 1954 to 1999, with details of who conducted it, and where
records and finds were lodged.
The Archaeology of Medieval Essex Towns (Essex County Council)
An article by M R Petchey of the Planning Department
(Archaeology section), examining the 24 medieval Essex towns that could be
described as "urban settlements", including Waltham Abbey. "The essential
factors that identify a medieval urban settlement are the possession of a
market, and a population that owns little land in relation to its wealth and
makes a living from non-agricultural pursuits." Note that this link leads to
an Adobe Acrobat PDF file.
Waltham Abbey Town in directory entries:
Pigot's Directory 1822-23
Reveals much about what our town was like in the early 19th
The Penny Magazine
White's Directory, 1848 (Historyhouse
White's Directory, 1848 (Essex Pubs website)
A little-known but well-written directory listing.
This online encyclopaedia is open to submissions, editing and
updating by anyone who cares to log on - which often gives a dynamic edge to its
Picturesque Waltham Abbey
From Picturesque England: Its Landmarks and Historic
Haunts as Described in Lay and Legend, Song and Story, by L. Valentine,
first published in 1891. The rest of the book
What to see in Waltham Abbey
From What to see in England;: A guide to places of
historic interest, natural beauty or literary association, by Gordon
Home (A & C Black, 1903).
The Arms of Waltham Abbey Town Council
A detailed description and explanation of the Council's
Waltham Abbey Webshots
Hundreds of uploaded photos taken in and around modern
Waltham Abbey. There's good and bad here, but some of the good ones are
quite nice! Useful if you want a general idea of how the district looks
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