Mark Wallinger

Walthamstow Central

166 / 270

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Walthamstow Central 166 / 270

The name Walthamstow is said to derive from the Old English wilcume and stow, collectively meaning ‘welcome to the holy place’. In 1446 the area was recorded as Walthanstowe.

William Morris, the pre-Raphaelite artist, textile designer and writer, was born in Walthamstow on 24 March 1834, and the William Morris Gallery is nearby.

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Have you seen this artwork? What makes this station or area unique? Please add your comments and recommendations below.

posted by: Nadiya Pavliv-Tokarska on 23 June 2013 at 12:02 pm

William Morris, Grayson Perry, Mark Wallinger great line up of artists, whose works you can see travelling to Walthamstow, more over the major treasure is the local creative community which makes all the difference in this borough, heavens for creatives, indeed.
The project Art on Underground and especially Labyrinth by Mark Wallinger would undoubtedly enhance tube users experience; luckily we have two of the artist work installed in Walthamstow Central Station 166/270 and Blackhorse Underground Stations 167/270 (Victoria Line).
Different design of each Wallinger works encourage one to travel and explore but opportunity to see all the images on line make it widely accessible to everyone.
However if one decides to see the originals below are some other local places to visit.
Starting your journey from Blackhorse Station:
For food lovers: (5 min walk from Blackhorse Tube Station) in direction of Tottenham Hale, located charming The Ferry Boat at Ferry Lane, London, N17 9NG
Art lovers: 1 min away from Blackhorse Underground Station at 5 Blackhorse Lane located Inky Cuttlefish artist’s studios, established by leading local print maker Anna Alcock back in 2008.
Forest Road:
(5 min walk from the station) 163 Forest Road: We have a beautiful gallery space, called Tokarska Gallery with a frequently changing programme of contemporary exhibitions; see our website for the latest exhibition, events and news.
Have a taste of delicious freshly backed pizza at Oregano Café at 159 Forest Road, and delightful Temptations – Desserts & Milkshake at 88 Forest Road, E17.
The same side of the Forest Road, 15 min walk: Winner of the Museum of the Year Award pride of Walthamstow The William Morris Gallery
Forest Road Forest Philharmonic Orchestra performing in grand Walthamstow Assembly Hall with famous conductor Mark Shanahan will take your breath away.
A gem and social hub of the local community became newly opened The Bell at 617 Forest Road

posted by: Richie Turnbull on 17 June 2013 at 11:43 am

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posted by: Katherine on 30 May 2013 at 4:40 pm

Walthamstow has a massive artistic community – and each year there’s an Art Trail which boasts over 200 events and 3,000 participating artists. For two weeks the area is transformed – every available space is taken over and used to display work. See for details.

posted by: Stephanie on 30 May 2013 at 4:38 pm

From Walthamstow Central – walk one of 3 directions –

1. Cross the town square and walk towards Walthamstow Market – it’s the longest market in Europe, selling fruit, vegetables, clothes, plants and more…. try visiting on a Saturday for a traditional East London market vibe.

2. Turn down Hoe Street towards the William Morris Gallery – and stop in various cafe’s along the way, including Hirondelle which does amazing coffee and cakes! You can stop for a pint in the Rose & Crown, a theatre pub which hosts regular performances and comedy nights.

3. Head north up St Mary’s Road to Walthamstow Village where you’ll find a quiet and pretty enclave of shops and restaurants, plus the Ancient House – a tudor house. You’ll also pass Vestry House Museum, the local history museum and borough archives, which hosts regular exhibitions – and a photo library of over 80,000 local images (photo library is appointment only).
There’s plenty of places to eat in the Village, and 3 pubs too, including the lovely Nags Head with beer garden.


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