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is an ancient nucleus of present day Walthamstow
Walthamstow is a district of northeast London, England, located in the London Borough of Waltham Forest. It is situated north-east of Charing Cross...
, located in North East London
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. Designated a Conservation Area
A conservation areas is a tract of land that has been awarded protected status in order to ensure that natural features, cultural heritage or biota are safeguarded...
by the Borough of Waltham Forest
The London Borough of Waltham Forest is in northeast London, England. Officially, it forms part of Outer London as it borders Essex. However, it can be seen that the NE London boundary does not extend far compared to elsewhere in the city...
in 1967, it centres around St. Mary's Church
St. Mary’s Church, Walthamstow is in Walthamstow Village, a conservation area in Walthamstow, London. It was founded in the 12th century and is still a working church...
, which was founded in the 12th century. Across the road from this is a 15th century timber-framed
Timber framing , or half-timbering, also called in North America "post-and-beam" construction, is the method of creating structures using heavy squared off and carefully fitted and joined timbers with joints secured by large wooden pegs . It is commonplace in large barns...
"hall" house which locals have dubbed "The Ancient House". Nearby are almshouse
Almshouses are charitable housing provided to enable people to live in a particular community...
s dating from the 16th and 18th centuries, and "Vestry House", which has been used as a workhouse
In England and Wales a workhouse, colloquially known as a spike, was a place where those unable to support themselves were offered accommodation and employment...
and police station, but has been a museum since 1931.
Orford Road, the ancient road leading up to St Mary's church, has in recent years developed as an attractive street of small restaurants, cafes and an upmarket local supermarket.
The area has been described by the Metropolitan Police as 'a notably affluent area of the ward'.