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Epping Area Info

Epping Area Info

Epping is a large market town and forms part of Essex County’s Epping Forest district. Although best known for the famous forest, Epping itself lies about a mile to the north of the forest area and the M25. Connections to London are still excellent however, with the Central line offering just over 30 minutes’ journey time in to Stratford, and an hour into Liverpool Street. The tourist industry is healthy here with plenty of attractions and local history to draw visitors to spend time and money in Epping. This has also had a beneficial effect on local businesses and trades able to cash in on the popularity of the area.

Typical homeowners in Epping are professional couples/families and tend to move here with the intention of staying long term. This does mean that properties are highly sought after. Most schools in Epping are rated “good” by OFSTED and range equally between faith, state and private schools. In Epping, a higher than average percentage of school leavers go to university.

Things To Do In Epping

Possibly the most notable restaurant in Epping is Haywards on Bell Common rated “Good” in the 2017 Michelin guide and a semi-finalist in the 2017 National Chef of the Year awards. Their cuisine is European with an impressive selection of wines and ports and a very reasonable price tag.

The Epping terminus of the 6.5-mile-long Epping Ongar Railway is located on Station Road and runs both steam trains and diesel engines on weekends during the summer months. Originally opened in 1865 by Eastern Counties Railway as a commercial line, this section of the line was eventually closed in 1994 after declining passenger numbers. The Epping Ongar Railway Volunteer Society was formed to renovate the line and in October 2004 the railway you see today was launched.

Blending in quite nicely on the high street is The George and Dragon, unmistakably Georgian on the outside, and beautifully modern on the inside. They offer a range of food and drink including traditional Sunday roasts and midweek lunch menus, even something for their younger patrons. Wine lovers can join their wine club and each week receive a discount on one of their seasonal bottles.

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History of Epping

The word “Epping” is listed in the Domesday book as Eppinga – a diminutive settlement of a few farms and a chapel on the edge of what is now Epping forest. The word itself is thought to be from the Anglo-Saxon “ep” meaning up, and “ing” meaning cultivated lands, so we can presume that the area was populated long before the Norman Conquest in 1066. Roman artefacts and currency have been discovered in the grounds of a property on Hemnall Street together with evidence of a Roman Road at Fiddlers Hamlet.

Markets in Epping have been established since the 13th century and for many years Epping offered a thriving weekly cattle and farmyard animal market – even wives were alleged to have been bought and sold at Epping Market! These days however it’s become a much more benign general market.

It goes without saying that the people of Epping are extremely protective of their forest and the green belt land surrounding it. The forest was dedicated for the ‘use and enjoyment of [the] people for all time’ by Queen Victoria after the successful passing of the Epping Forest Act in 1878. When the M25 was built as the London Orbital Road in the early 1980’s it was proposed to route it through the forest at Bell Common. However, such was the opposition to this from both the Conservators, residents and forest lovers, that the decision was made to tunnel under the cricket pitches. With the forest saved, cricket is again played on those fields with the motorway roaring away happily through the eponymous Bell Common Tunnel underneath.

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