The New Lammas Lands Defence Committee will hold their annual Autumn Walk on Sunday 19th October, visiting a little-known part of Walthamstow Marshes – the northern Reservoirs.
When the first reservoirs were built during the 19th century, negotiations with the East London Waterworks Company to achieve compensation for parishioners who had Lammas Grazing Rights over the land were held at the Ferry Boat Inn, in Forest Road, Walthamstow, which was also once famous for its Whitsun Ales. When houses were built in Forest Road, a stipulation in the deeds was that no funfair was to be held and alcohol was not to be sold or consumed on the premises!
Meet for lunch at the Ferry Boat Inn from midday and the walk will set off from the car-park at 2.15pm. This is essentially a gentle stroll for fun, enjoying the ‘season of mists and mellow fruitfulness.’ See the marshes from a different perspective and also find out about the history and wildlife of the reservoirs.�
Stout footwear and appropriate clothing is necessary. It can be very cold and windy!
All are welcome for this free event, but unfortunately due to Thames Water’s safety requirements no dogs or children under 8 years of age are allowed in the reservoirs area. Also, no bicycles, wheelchairs or alcohol are permitted. The reservoirs are classified as a workplace and are therefore subject to various restrictions.