London Borough of Waltham Forest

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London Borough of Waltham Forest
Shown within Greater London
Status London borough
— Total
Ranked 323rd
38.82 km²
ONS code 00BH
Admin HQ {{{adminhq}}}
— Total (2005 est.)
Ranked 52nd (of 354)
5,773 / km²
Ethnicity 64.5% White
15.4% Afro-Caribbean
14.8% South Asian
5.3% Mixed Race or Other
Leadership Leader & Cabinet
Executive Labour / Liberal Democrats
MPs Harry Cohen
Neil Gerrard
Iain Duncan Smith
London Assembly
— Member
North East
Jennette Arnold
Coat of Arms
Official website

The London Borough of Waltham Forest is a London borough in north east London and forms part of Outer London.

It is a mainly built-up residential area located between part of Epping Forest in the east and the River Lee in the west. These form two green corridors, passing into London from the surrounding countryside, and more than a fifth of the borough is made up of forestland, reservoirs, open space, parks and playing fields.


[edit] History

Many Stone Age remains are found in the area. Roman remains have also been found scattered around the borough proving it was a significant area of Roman occupation.

The borough was formed in 1965, by the London Government Act 1963, from the area of the former Municipal Borough of Chingford, Municipal Borough of Leyton and Municipal Borough of Walthamstow which was transferred to Greater London from Essex.

The borough was named Waltham Forest after the forest the area used to reside in now known as Epping Forest. The Epping Forest Act of 1878 not only assisted in preserving the forest but also help develop the towns around it; Chingford, Walthamstow and Leyton. The boroughs location between the City of London and Epping Forest caused the large scale suburban development of much of the borough.

[edit] Settlement

The main centers of population in the borough are, Chingford in the north, Walthamstow in the center (and the administrative hub including the council offices) and Leyton and Leytonstone to the south.

[edit] Wards

[edit] Future

Waltham Forest is one of five host boroughs for the 2012 Olympics in London.

The London Velopark which will be constructed in the borough, will include a 6,000 seat indoor velodrome for track cycling and a 6,000 seat outdoor BMX racing track.

The training facilities at the Waltham Forest Pool & Track will be used by Olympians to prepare for the Olympics.

[edit] Schools in Waltham Forest

[edit] Famous residents

Waltham Forest is the birthplace of William Morris one of the principal founders of the British Arts and Crafts Movement and is best known as a designer of wallpaper and patterned fabrics, a writer of poetry and fiction, and a pioneer of the socialist movement in Britain.

Other famous people such as Footballer and England Captain David Beckham, I, Claudius star Derek Jacobi, former Essex and England Cricket Captain Graham Gooch and film director and producer Alfred Hitchcock were also born in the borough.

[edit] See also

[edit] External links

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London boroughs: Barking and Dagenham | Barnet | Bexley | Brent | Bromley | Camden | Croydon | Ealing | Enfield | Greenwich | Hackney | Hammersmith and Fulham | Haringey | Harrow | Havering | Hillingdon | Hounslow | Islington | Kensington and Chelsea | Kingston | Lambeth | Lewisham | Merton | Newham | Redbridge | Richmond | Southwark | Sutton | Tower Hamlets | Waltham Forest | Wandsworth | City of Westminster

Sui generis: City of London

Enclaves: Inner Temple | Middle Temple

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London Borough of Waltham Forest

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