Walthamstow, United Kingdom

Walthamstow ( or ) is a major district in the London Borough of Waltham Forest, located 7.5 miles (12.1 km) north-east of Charing Cross and immediately east of the Lee Valley Reservoir Chain and the Walthamstow Marshes. Historically an ancient parish in the county of Essex, its population increased as part of the suburban growth of London, becoming the Municipal Borough of Walthamstow in 1929. In 1965 the district merged with neighbouring Leyton and Chingford to form the new Borough of Waltham Forest, a component of the new Greater London area.

Walthamstow is recorded c. 1075 as Wilcumestowe ("the Place of Welcome") and in the Domesday Book of 1086 as Wilcumestou.


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