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Loughton Area Info

Loughton Area Info

Just to the south west of Epping Forest lies Loughton in the County of Essex. A busy suburban town with a mix of tree-lined avenues and busy streets, Loughton offers much to its residents in terms of local amenities, retail outlets, cafes and bars on the one hand, and on the other an easy route out of the city and into the countryside and beyond. Transport links are abundant here with both the M11 and M25 within easy reach and Loughton Underground station (zone 6) on the Central Line offering a journey time to Liverpool Street of less than half an hour. There is an overwhelming sense of belonging here – strangers chat effortlessly to each other and small independent shops sit with ease alongside larger chain stores.

Things To Do In Loughton

Loughton is well known for its easy access to Central London, with the Central Line Station (TFL Zone 5) and highly regarded state and private schools nearby. As well as the leisure opportunities offered by the open spaces of Epping Forest.

Jazz lovers will enjoy a visit to the National Jazz Archive at Loughton Library on Traps Hill which charts the history of British Jazz from 1920 to the present day. The archive received support from the Heritage Lottery Fund in 2011 to continue its work. Staying on the music theme, The Cottage Loaf on Jessel Drive boasts live music every weekend including tribute acts, sing-alongs and cabaret.

After a hectic day walking around Epping Forest, reward yourselves with a relaxing drink at The Gardeners Arms at 103 York Hill and while you’re resting your weary legs from the uphill climb, sit back and take in the breath-taking view across London.

However, if you can’t bear to leave the hustle and bustle of the high street, you’ll find no shortage of food and drink outlets to while away the hours with well-known eateries like Pizza Express, Zizzi and Loch Fyne represented here. Or visit the Olive Tree offering Spanish cuisine and weekly events including live music and wine tasting evenings.

Lopping Hall at 189 High Road Loughton is the location for a selection of local interest groups including the Loughton Amateur Dramatic Society, Loughton Operatic Society and a variety of dance classes as well as the annual Loughton Festival. Lopping Hall is also home to the Loughton Arts centre, which stages exhibitions dedicated to the visual arts and crafts.

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History of Loughton

Loughton - or Lukintune - is one of three villages in the parish to be mentioned in the 1086 Domesday book alongside Tippendene (Debden) and Airewarton (Alderton).

In 1615 a road was built through Loughton to connect London with Newmarket and Cambridge. This rapidly became the main thoroughfare with inns, smithies and shops being built alongside the turnpikes to serve its travellers. The arrival of the railway in 1856 made it possible to live in Loughton and commute into London.

Lopping Hall situated on Loughton High Road was built in 1884 with compensation following a successful battle over the plans to enclose Epping Forest by the Lord of the Manor. The Willingales, a local family resisted the action and what followed was a stay of execution in the forest. Following a lengthy legal battle the City of London became Conservator of the forest and Lopping Rights were bought out, enabling Lopping Hall to be built with the proceeds.

Up until the first world war Loughton had grown from a village to a small town. However, with the commencement of hostilities, this was to remain the status quo until 1918 when construction started at a pace. Development continued steadily up until the start of the second world war – pausing only during the war years to drink tea – and Loughton has now been transformed into the thriving town you see today.

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