After booking your London escort for the day, why not do something a little bit different and take the opportunity to escape the bustle of the big city and explore some of the many local towns. In this series of articles we will take a look at some of these towns and see exactly what they have to offer, starting off with Waltham Abbey.
Waltham Abbey is a delightful and picturesque place with the modern town dating back as far as the 5th century although nearby there are traces of prehistoric and Roman settlements. Its charming black and white half-timbered buildings in the main Market Square and on Highbridge Street give you a real sense of stepping back in time as you step through their crooked doorways.
The Epping Forest District Museum is housed in one such building that dates back to 1520 and upon entering this quirky building you and your London escort are presented with a story that tells of the life of some of the people who have lived and worked in this part of the County of Essex, from the 11th century, right up to the present day.
One of the most famous people associated with Waltham abbey is King Harold. Legend has it that shortly after his death in 1066 at the Battle of Hastings, his battered body was brought here and laid to rest near the High Altar of the Abbey. His final resting place is today marked with a huge stone slab in the churchyard which was the original site of the High Altar. You can access the churchyard by walking through Lychgate Passage at the side of The Welsh Harp Inn in Market Square.
While you are there you should take your London escort to the spectacular Abbey Church, its medieval character totally unspoilt by modern living and remains the same today as when it was built. You can also discover the remains of the former Abbey, the Midnight Chapel, a vaulted passage, the gatehouse and Harold’s Bridge as you make your way around the beautiful grounds.
So as you can see, there is so much to do in this charming little medieval market town. Just 15 miles outside of London, located in the Epping Forest District of South Essex and easily accessible by car or train, a visit to Waltham Abbey will make a most memorable day for you and your London escort.