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“Excellent local museum in remarkably olde-worlde setting”

Vestry House Museum
Ranked #678 of 1,633 things to do in London
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Loughton, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 244 helpful votes
“Excellent local museum in remarkably olde-worlde setting”
Reviewed December 8, 2013

I've known the VHM for fifty years. It's been improved and expanded out of all recognition but is and always has been a fascinating place in a quire remarkable survival of a village centre with an 18th century flavour; 16th century almshouses and grammar school, 15th cent Ancient House. Really worth a visit, and can be combined with William Morris Gallery and High Street market each within 10 min walk

Visited December 2013
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“A truly wonderful small local museum.”
Reviewed March 31, 2013

I visited the Vestry House Museum as part of an organised walk of Walthamstow and I do not think I have been so impressed with a small community museum for such a long time.
The museum is housed in the grade II listed Vestry House, a former work house built in 1730 which later housed the local police station for Walthamstow village in the late 1850’s.
The museum is free to enter, and I do not know if the staff are volunteers or employed by Waltham Forest council, but the gentleman who was there when we visited was available to provide us with fascinating information on the history of this part of East London and the exhibits in the museum.
Internally it is a collection of rooms which gives a great history of the local area and includes a domestic life gallery which looks at utensils used for washing, ironing, cooking and for serving food during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, a reconstruction of a typical local parlour from about 1890, and as Vestry House once housed a police station, one of the original cells still exists with its original bench and toilet and the museum has recreated a scene from April 1861
The prised exhibit however is the Bremer car. Built locally by engineer Frederick Bremer in 1892 it is one of the claimants to being the oldest British-built petrol driven car.
There is also a larger room for local exhibitions, and at the moment they are showing a wonderful factual and photographic exhibition on the history of Walthamstow High Street which will run until may this year.
It can be combined with a walk round the older historical part of Walthamstow Village and if you have the time, combine it with a visit to the William Morris gallery.

Visited March 2013
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