The Black Lion seen here in 1868, is the oldest alehouse in Epping still trading.

It started out as a private house back in the early 16th century, but by 1639 it was rented to beer brewer.

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: The Black Lion pub in Epping todayThe Black Lion pub in Epping today (Image: Gary Stone)

Today it’s still a thriving pub with a warm fireplace.

Gary Stone is a local historian (Instagram - @eppinghistory)