Waltham Abbey Travel Guide

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Waltham Abbey Things to Do

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    by CatherineReichardt Updated Jul 27, 2012

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    This gateway adjacent to the Cornmill Stream would have been the original entrance to the Abbey. Although it's a bit the worse for wear, it's still a robust structure that suggests that the religious status of the residents was not necessarily enough to protect them against unwelcome visitors.

    The gateway comprises two entrances: a smaller entrance to the right for pedestrians and a larger entrance for vehicles and cavalcades.

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    This imposing pile of red brick is the Waltham Abbey Town Hall, which is located on Highbridge Street, directly across the road from the Abbey.

    Apparently it is an unusual example of an Art Nouveau public building which dates back to the early Edwardian period and was completed in 1904.

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    by CatherineReichardt Updated Jul 11, 2012

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    The Cornmill Stream is a manmade tributary of the River Lea, which was diverted to provide water supply the monastery, as well as powering the corn mill. It would also have been a source of water for the monastic fish ponds which were essential to provide a source of protein for the monks on the large number of fast days in the church year on which the eating of meat was forbidden.

    The stream also may have played a drainage function, as the Abbey is located in a very flatlying area that would have been subject to frequent flooding.

    Today the stream is a picturesque spot which is home to a range of ducks and geese, so it's a good idea to come armed with some bread (especially if you have small people in tow).

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  • Marriott Waltham Abbey

    Old Shire Lane, Waltham Abbey, EN93LX, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Couples

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

Waltham Abbey Transportation

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    By far the most convenient way to get to Waltham Abbey is by car, as it is located immediately adjacent to the Great Cambridge Road (A10), which is the main road between London and Cambridge. For this reason, it would make an ideal add on to any visit by road to Cambridge, Ely or King's Lynn.

    Waltham Abbey is not exactly difficult to get to by public transport, but it's not as straightforward as you might like. The problem arises from the fact that Waltham Abbey is not served by a railway or underground station, so the only option if you're travelling on public transport is to catch a bus.

    For tourists coming from London, the easiest route is to catch the train to Waltham Cross - there's a service from Liverpool Street station every 30 minutes. From here, it's a short walk (about 5 minutes) down Eleanor Cross Road to the Waltham Cross bus station, where you can catch a 211, 212 or 213 buses to Waltham Abbey. The bus station is located on your left hand side as you walk towards the Eleanor Cross from the railway station and as it is immediately adjacent to the Eleanor Cross, you should take the opportunity to see this wonderful memorial.

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