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Walthamstow Area Guide
Our area guide to Walthamstow gives you a quick overview of the neighbourhood from its properties, public parks, local schools, council tax, public transport links to shopping and going out.
Postcodes covered by this area guide include E17
Property Types & Architecture
As you will see in the windows of estate agents in the area, Upper Walthamstow (known as The Village) has the more expensive homes in the area from large Victorian terraces to cottages, and mid-war semi detached houses. The south of Walthamstow offers roomy Victorian terraced properties. Smaller, one and two bed house / flat conversions can be found at Higham Hill.
The most notable builder, Thomas Courtenay Theydon Warner, built estates of Arts & Crafts houses off Blackhorse Road between Edward Road and Pretoria Avenue, west of Lloyd Park, off Lea Bridge Road, and in Higham Park. Warner houses, many designed as two purpose-built flats, often bear the “W” motif and have recessed porches and gables. There are two new developments in central Walthamstow.
Shopping & Entertainment
From all the usual high street shops and chain stores to Europe's longest daily street market, Walthamstow has something for all shoppers from bargains to designer purchases. Galleries and museums provide cultural and historical pursuits, and the town has a variety of cafes, restaurants and places to eat. The newly-restored William Morris Museum on Forest Road is popular and the area is showing signs of becoming a cultural hub, with Lloyd Park, a leading fringe theatre at Ye Olde Rose and Crown pub, and with the Bell now a popular local gastro pub.
Parks & Commons
At Lloyd Park and Aveling Park in Forest Road, Walthamstow you can enjoy more than just open green spaces. Visit the William Morris Gallery, formal and ornamental gardens, scented garden for the visually impaired, bird aviary, cafes, skate park and sports area.
Who lives here?
The Walthamstow neighbourhood characterised by its greyhound racing and busy market. Because of its good transport links, Walthamstow attracts people who work in the city to rent and buy in E17. Walthamstow offers all the typical high street shops and has good transport to London's centre. Walthamstow Village or Upper Walthamstow is a juxtaposition to the busy vibe of this east London borough, with its conservation timbered buildings, 16th century almshouses, and the former workhouses of 1730 which are now the Vestry House Museum.
Walthamstow has a strong community of artists who migrated from fashionable areas of the East End to trade flats for houses and get better value. A strong community spirit keeps families rooted locally. Many upgrade from a one- or two-bedroom flat to a three-bedroom house. A shortage of larger houses with good-size gardens forces some families to move further out into the Essex and Hertfordshire countryside.
Guide to Walthamstow transport links
Walthamstow is well-connected to the West End and the City. Walthamstow Central and Blackhorse Road stations are on the Victoria line with a 20-minute trip to Oxford Street. Higham Park, Wood Street, Walthamstow Central and St James Street all have trains to Liverpool Street with journey times of between 15 and 22 minutes.
Aldgate East (Zone 1)
District LineHammersmith & City Line
Blackhorse Road (Zone 3)
London OvergroundVictoria Line
Walthamstow Central (Zone 3)
Walthamstow Local Authorities
Walthamstow is represented by Waltham Forest Council which holds the responsibility for delivering services in your area.
The council is responsible for all council services and duties, which include Social Services, housing, education and planning. If you’ve a specific question for this council, please visit their website to get contact details for key departments.
Walthamstow Council Tax Rates
Council Tax is worked out by your local council who sets the Council Tax rates for each year. Your property postcode will determine which council you will need to pay. There are currently 1 councils covering the Walthamstow area.
Council tax rates for each Local Authority
How much will I have to pay?
Each year, every local authority will set a rate of council tax for each valuation band. The amount you have to pay depends on the value of your property and the current rates for your local council. Not everyone will have to pay the full amount of council tax. There are three ways in which your council tax bill may be reduced.
Reductions in council tax
- Reduction scheme for disabled people
- Discounts (i.e. If only one person lives in a property they will get a 25% discount on the council tax bill)
- Council tax benefit and second adult rebate
Learn more about council tax at HM Revenue & Customs
Schools in Walthamstow & Exam Results
Schools in Walthamstow fall under the Waltham Forest Local Education Authority. Below is a comprehensive list of public schools in Walthamstow by type, together with full school details and the latest exam results.
Local schools within Walthamstow
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