Heritage and Culture around Epping forests

January 5th 2020
By: Melanie Hollidge
Heritage and Culture around Epping forests

One of the great attractions of moving to Chigwell, Loughton or Woodford is the Heritage and culture of the Epping Forest area. 

There is plenty of History to be found across the Epping Forest District too. If you have never visited Epping Forest you might not know that the forest itself is an ancient land and contains the remains of two Iron Age forts as well as buildings that tell of Royal patronage during Tudor times. There are of course also links to more modern times when Victorian development challenged the very forest itself and local people rose up and ensured it was protected for all to continue to enjoy today.

Some other local sights including Ongar and Waltham Abbey also have a very long and respectable heritage in the area has been important towns of consequence from Saxon times. Visitors to both can see physical links back to life over a thousand years ago and imagine life in Waltham Abbey when King Harold visited his abbey or the regular market day in Ongar or services in Greensted Church. Life in the area changed after the Norman Invasion when the town was one of the spoils given to Count Eustace of Boulogne for his key role in the Battle of Hastings. 

If you were just one those passing through the Epping Forests district on the convenient motorways you may well have wondered about the two imposing buildings that can be seen on the skyline. Hill Hall and Copped Hall both have stories to tell and can be explored by visiting the area of Epping Forest and the most popular places to live here like Chigwell, Loughton and Woodford. 

If you want to find out more about the district and see some of its histories brought alive, a visit to the Epping Forest District Museum in Waltham Abbey is a good starting point.

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