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A tranquil spot in the beautiful and historic town of Waltham Abbey, The Bakers Arms is a contemporary pub with a traditional feel and charm, amidst unspoilt Essex countryside.

The Bakers Arms is situated in beautiful Essex countryside, in a green and tranquil area of the historic town of Waltham Abbey. Despite being opened in 2002, The Bakers Arms has a cosy, traditional feel, with open fires and candlelit eating areas. This attractive stone-built pub sits in spacious grounds with a handsome, tree-lined beer garden complete with wooden canopies. This stunningly picturesque setting is matched by the imposing grandeur of Waltham Abbey’s historic centre. The spectacular Grade I listed 12th-century church Abbey Church of the Holy Cross which gives the town the ‘Abbey’ part of its name stands at the heart of the town, whilst just down the road, in the handsome pedestrianised square by Leverton Way, unique local shops nestle alongside each other, in the shadow of the beautiful and tranquil Waltham Abbey Gardens.

A handsome pub resting in an extremely attractive section of Essex countryside, close to the excellent walking opportunities at Epping Forest, The Bakers Arms is a wonderful spot for enjoying tasty traditional pub food. The scenic, tranquil setting makes the experience of sitting down for a relaxed Sunday lunch and a glass of hoppy cask ale even more pleasant.

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Though The Bakers Arms was opened in 2002, this pub in picturesque Waltham Abbey has a faithfully traditional feel, complete with open fires, candlelit eating areas, and a handsome stone-built style. The Abbey of the town’s name is the stunning Grade I listed 12th-century church Abbey Church of the Holy Cross, refounded by Henry II from the original church of Harold, the last Anglo-Saxon king of England. Waltham’s Abbey was the last working abbey or monastery to be dissolved, in 1540, though this Grade I listed former Abbey still operates as Waltham’s main church. The town of Waltham Abbey lies on the site of a previous Roman settlement. Local legend claims that Boudica’s rebellion against the Romans finished here, when she used hemlock from Cobbins Bank to poison herself. The present town of Waltham Abbey originated in the early 11th century, when Tofig the Proud rebuilt a church here to house the miraculous cross found at Montacute, Somerset. This cross gave the town the ‘Abbey’ part of its name.

In recent history, Waltham Abbey was a prominent site of gunpowder production, and helped produce significant amounts of the explosive for the allied victory at Waterloo, and later in the Crimean War and Boer War, as well as in numerous smaller conflicts. The advanced explosives guncotton and Cordite were both developed here, and during World War I, the site was used for developing the bouncing bomb. Waltham Abbey was thus one of the most important scientific sites in Britain during the period, but remained little-known due to secrecy. The gunpowder mills were even mentioned in H.G. Wells’ novel ‘The War of the Worlds’, telling of the “news of the destruction of Waltham Abbey Powdermills in a vain attempt to blow up one of the invaders.”

The site is now a visitor heritage centre, open to the public, and a section of the former Gunpowder Park now forms part of the stunning and expansive Lee Valley Park, which stretches through London, Essex and Hertfordshire. Waltham Forest’s most celebrated resident is John Foxe, the author of the wildly popular ‘Foxe’s Acts and Monuments of the Christian Church’, more frequently known as ‘Foxe’s Book of Martyrs’ in 1563, who lived in the area in his later years.

The relaxed and picturesque Gunpowder Park sits in the south of the village, on the banks of the winding River Lea. The former site of Waltham Abbey Royal Gunpowder Mills, this attractive stretch of countryside stands at the opposite end of the town to Epping Forest, which stretches out in an avenue of trees, with an abundance of fern plants and rich colours. The Forest is the largest open space for the public in the entire of Essex and London, and its spectacular landscape has inspired literary greats like the Victorian poet Thomas Gascoigne, and Alfred, Lord Tennyson, who wrote parts of his astounding poem ‘In Memoriam A.H.H.’ whilst living in the forest. In Loughton, a town to the south, along the scenic route through Deershelter Plain, stands Loughton Hall, a spectacular former country house owned by Lady Mary Wroth, whose novel ‘The Countess of Montgomery’s Urania’ was the first full-length novel by an English woman to be published.

The vast and spectacular Epping Forest dates back to 8000 BC, and amidst its grassland, heaths and rivers lie the remains of two Iron Age camps. During the Tudor period, Henry VIII and later Elizabeth I hunted in the forest, and in 1543 Henry commissioned a building known as ‘Great Standing’, as a vantage point for viewing the chase at Chingford, and this Grade II* listed building, now named ‘Queen Elizabeth’s Hunting Lodge’, still stands in the forest. In 1878, the Epping Forest Act was passed, decreeing that the Crown’s right to hunt deer and venison in the area was ended, and this spectacular expanse of woodland was opened to the public.

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Bakers Arms

Sewardstone Road, Essex, EN9 3QF

 

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