Pumphouse Museum director Lindsay Collier launched Walthamstow Through Time yesterday

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: L-R: Councillor Michael Lewis, Walthamstow Pumphouse Museum chairman Bob Belam, Waltham Forest Council chief executive Martin Esom, Lindsay Collier, Ralph Ward and author Dr Jim Lewis. L-R: Councillor Michael Lewis, Walthamstow Pumphouse Museum chairman Bob Belam, Waltham Forest Council chief executive Martin Esom, Lindsay Collier, Ralph Ward and author Dr Jim Lewis.

A museum director believes a book he wrote on Walthamstow’s history will amaze people and inspire learning about the lesser-known claims to fame in the area.

Lindsay Collier, Walthamstow Pumphouse Museum director, historian and resident of 40 years, officially launched Walthamstow Through Time yesterday at the Waltham Forest Town Hall Social Club in Forest Road.

The 96-page book printed by Amberley Publishing, which features around 180 illustrations, tells the tales of Walthamstow’s history, from pop band East 17 to the Anglo-Saxon origins of its name.

“It’s fantastic, they’ve done a superb job with the book,” Mr Collier said.

“They’ve brought the story to life with the new and old pictures.”

Walthamstow, originally derived from the Anglo-Saxon Wilcumestouue, means ‘the welcome place’ and was once noted for fine views, woodlands and wealthy estates.

After Lea Bridge station opened in 1840 the borough developed into a centre for commercial industry and a vital link for London’s transport system.

Mr Collier added that he believes readers will get an insight into Walthamstow that they would never have found out otherwise.

“Most people today would associate Walthamstow with William Morris, the High Street, the pop band East 17, and its famous greyhound stadium, known as ‘the Stow’,” he said.

“Less well known is the town’s rich transport heritage, being the home of Britain’s first motor car and the home of London’s buses.”

Mr Collier will appear at Waterstones in The Mall, Walthamstow, on March 22 between midday and 2pm to sign books.

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5:00pm Fri 7 Mar 14

Villagecranberry says...

Well done cannot wait for the chance to go buy one.
Well done cannot wait for the chance to go buy one. Villagecranberry
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5:42pm Fri 7 Mar 14

Villagecranberry says...

Villagecranberry wrote:
Well done cannot wait for the chance to go buy one.
In fact I will buy more than one as they will make a nice present to have in stock. Shame the council never appreciated the Stow, The Granada, The Art Deco Lido and Leyton Pools and managed to demolish or become complicit in losing them. They even tried to sell of the treasures in the William Morris Gallery and got shot of the person who knew the history of it all. But what do you expect from a council that covers all it's paperwork mysteriously in asbestos dust and then has to get rid of it all?.
[quote][p][bold]Villagecranberry[/bold] wrote: Well done cannot wait for the chance to go buy one.[/p][/quote]In fact I will buy more than one as they will make a nice present to have in stock. Shame the council never appreciated the Stow, The Granada, The Art Deco Lido and Leyton Pools and managed to demolish or become complicit in losing them. They even tried to sell of the treasures in the William Morris Gallery and got shot of the person who knew the history of it all. But what do you expect from a council that covers all it's paperwork mysteriously in asbestos dust and then has to get rid of it all?. Villagecranberry
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7:46pm Fri 7 Mar 14

NDevoto says...

And outside St James st Station you can still see the site of the ancient Hole-in-the-Wall which legend says miraculously produced money as long as the queuing pilgrims were able to give the necessary magic signs of the fingers.
The tradition does continue to this day as the place called Tesko Metraux lures modern day worshippers who find the arduous three day journey to Saintsbury's too much to take.
And outside St James st Station you can still see the site of the ancient Hole-in-the-Wall which legend says miraculously produced money as long as the queuing pilgrims were able to give the necessary magic signs of the fingers. The tradition does continue to this day as the place called Tesko Metraux lures modern day worshippers who find the arduous three day journey to Saintsbury's too much to take. NDevoto
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