Place:Waltham Forest (London Borough), Greater London, England

NameWaltham Forest (London Borough)
TypeBorough (metropolitan)
Coordinates51.57°N 0.033°W
Located inGreater London, England     (1965 - )
See alsoChingford, Essex, Englandmunicipal borough from which the London borough was formed in 1965
Leyton, Essex, Englandmunicipal borough from which the London borough was formed in 1965
Walthamstow, Essex, Englandmunicipal borough from which the London borough was formed in 1965

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The London Borough of Waltham Forest is a London borough in the northeast of Greater London, England. The north and the south of the borough is split by the North Circular Road. The south of the borough contrasts markedly with the north in terms of its mixed ethnicity and socio-economic indicators. Taken as a whole, Waltham Forest comprises built-up urban districts in the south with inner-city characteristics, and more affluent residential development in the north with a variety of reservoirs, open space including small sections of Epping Forest, parks, and playing fields, which together cover a fifth of the borough. Waltham Forest is located between Epping Forest District Council in Essex in the north, the London Borough of Redbridge in the east, London Boroughs of Newham and Hackney in the south, and London Boroughs of Haringey and Enfield in the west (where the River Lea and the surrounding parkland forms a green corridor, traditionally separating North London and East London). The local authority is Waltham Forest London Borough Council. The borough includes one of the highest ethnic minority populations in Europe, consisting mostly of Eastern European and Black British, but it has also an established British Pakistani business and residential community.

The borough was formed in 1965, by the London Government Act 1963, from the combined areas of

which were all abolished and their areas transferred to Greater London from the English county of Essex. The borough was named after the ancient form of Epping Forest, the southern part of which extends into the borough. The Epping Forest Act of 1878 not only assisted in preserving the forest but also helped develop the towns around it: Chingford, Forest Gate, Walthamstow, Leytonstone, and Leyton. The area's location between the City of London and Epping Forest encouraged large scale urban development.

Greater London Research Tips

  • See under "London" and also under "Middlesex", "Surrey" and "Kent" for key information about Greater London's jurisdictions and records, plus links to indexes, reference aids and Family History Library holdings.
  • The London Metropolitan Archives (40 Northampton Road, Clerkenwell, London EC1R 0HB) holds records relating to the whole of Greater London. Ancestry (subscription necessary) has produced transcriptions and provides images of lists of baptisms, marriages, and burials in churches across Greater London. These lists start in 1813 and stretch into the 20th century.
  • GENUKI has a long list of websites and archive holders in addition to London Metropolitan Archives above. (The list from GENUKI is not maintained so well that there is never a dead link in it. However, it is often worth googling the title given on the page just in case the contributor has reorganized their website.)
  • GENUKI also has a list of the Archives and Local Studies Libraries for each of the boroughs of Greater London.
  • The London Encyclopaedia by Ben Weinreb and Christopher Hibbert. An e-book available online through Google, originally published by Pan Macmillan. There is a search box in the left-hand pane.
  • London Lives. A very useful free website for anyone researching their London ancestors between the years 1690-1800. This is a fully searchable edition of 240,000 manuscripts from eight archives and fifteen datasets, giving access to 3.35 million names.
  • London Ancestor, a website belonging to one of the London family history societies, has a list of transcriptions of directories from the 18th century, listing in one case "all the squares, streets, lanes, courts, yards, alleys, &C. in and about Five Miles of the Metropolis..." In other parts of the same website are maps of various parts of 19th century London and Middlesex.
  • The proceedings of the Old Bailey, London's central criminal court, 1674-1913. A fully searchable edition of the largest body of texts detailing the lives of non-elite people ever published, containing 197,745 criminal trials held at London's central criminal court. This website is free to use.
  • Registration Districts in London, Registration Districts in Middlesex, Registration Districts in Surrey, Registration Districts in Kent, are lists of the registration districts used for civil registration (births, marriages and deaths, as well as the censuses). There are linked supporting lists of the parishes which made up each registration district, the dates of formation and abolition of the districts, the General Register Office numbers, and the local archive-holding place. This work has been carried out by Brett Langston under the agency of GENUKI (Genealogy United Kingdom and Ireland) and UKBMD - Births, Marriages, Deaths & Censuses on the Internet.

Essex Reseach Tips

Essex has a large enough population to merit a much longer list than this one. Users are welcome to add other websites and organizations with Essex interests to this template.

  • Essex Record Office Wharf Road, Chelmsford CM12 6YT. Telephone (01245) 244644
  • Colchester & North East Essex Branch, 1st floor, Stanwell House, Stanwell St, Colchester CO2 7DL. Telephone (01206) 572099
  • Chelmsford Branch (and headquarters)
  • Colchester Branch
  • Harlow Branch
  • Saffron Walden Branch
  • Southend on Sea Branch
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