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Vestry House Museum, London

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Vestry House Museum is the local history museum for the London Borough of Waltham Forest, and stands within the village of Church End, Walthamstow. This secluded area still preserves a rural atmosphere, although it lies only a quarter of a mile from Walthamstow's main shopping centre and barely six and a half miles from the City of London.Vestry House, a two-storey building of brown stock brick, was constructed in 1730 as a workhouse by order of the Walthamstow Vestry. It was later a police station and a private house.Vestry House Museum is financed by the London Borough of Waltham Forest and since 1931, when it was opened by Sir Ernest Pollock, Master of the Rolls, it has been the borough's museum and local studies library and archive.The first motor car to be driven in London and the first built in Britain is displayed at the museum. Frederick Bremer built the car in Walthamstow.Visiting informationVestry House Museum is open Wednesday to Sunday, 10 am – 5 pm. Pre-booked groups, including school groups, are also welcome on Tuesdays.The Museum holds family activities on the third Sunday of every month and on selected Wednesdays during school holidays. It also has a varied programme of temporary exhibitions.
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  • August 7, 2017
    Interesting as is the history of Walthamstow, displaying items and info on Victorian workhouses as well as the local life through the years. Obvious it needs financial support to be better but it kept...  more »
  • April 22, 2017
    Visited with a friend and spent a couple of hours wandering around. The Warner house exhibition is particularly interesting as my cousin's lived in a Warner house in the 80's. Really interesting and w...  more »
  • April 13, 2017
    Originally it was built as a workhouse. Now it is a museum displaying a large and varied collection of items spread over a number of rooms. There is a lot to see of interest for both adults and childr...  more »
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  • We had our wedding reception here (in the community room) in the spring – just in time for the gardens to bloom and incredibly lucky with the weather. The nice thing was, although it was a public space, it felt like we had the place to ourselves, with kids running around safely in the confines of the gardens. It was a good size for a party and decent preparation / storage area out the back. The staff there were friendly and accommodating and mostly left us to on it on the day. Great little venue (and museum of course!).
  • Lovely garden, well maintained, a really nice spot to chill and snack in after a look around the Museum itself, which is a great local treasure!
  • This museum is a hidden gem in Walthamstow - the staff is really friendly, and the items shown are very unique. Even though it is a free museum and mostly helped by volunteers, it is the same quality, if not higher/better than other museums which you have to pay for.
  • Traditional style museum, really interesting local history. A must if you live in or are interested in the area.
  • Great place for tourists.. discover local history

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