Groovy Duck's Epping Forest

Maps and Routes from "Epping Forest" by Edward North Buxton 1890

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These maps of Epping Forest have been scanned from a very old and rather battered family copy of Edward North Buxton's book 'Epping Forest'. The maps of Epping Forest reproduced here date from 1890 and come from the third edition of the book. 'Epping Forest' is quite a rare book and later editions from the 1920's and 1930's are much more common. The author of the book and maps, Edward North Buxton, was a forest verderer and the owner of the Knighton Estate. Edward was a key figure in the fight to protect Epping Forest, Hainault Forest and Hatfield Forest. In 1878, after a three year legal battle with the local lords of the manor, the forest was 'dissaforested', meaning it was declared by act of parliament that it was no longer a Royal Forest and in 1891 Queen Victoria presented Epping Forest to the people of London and the Corporation of London in perpetuity. Thanks to the efforts of some philantrophic individuals we have a valuable resource on the doorstep of the capital, a great place for equestrian sport, cycling, walking and a vast nature reserve.

The maps are fascinating as they show the area as it was nearly 120 years ago, the urban sprawl between Wanstead and Chingford did not happen until the 1920's and 1930's so the maps show Chingford, Woodford and Wood Street as the small villages that they once were. Most of the major roads exist already on these 1890 maps of Epping Forest and follow much the same course as they do today and many of the old grand houses exist but are used for different purposes; for example, the Infant Orphan Asylum in Wanstead is now the Snaresbrook Crown Court. Most of the forest rides and paths exist and these maps were used by my family in the 1940's to 1960's for excursions into the forest. The maps of Epping Forest can still be used today although there are obviously some changes! Generally, the forest rides have shifted slightly in the Chinford section, but the upper section of the forest below Epping is now bisected East to West by the M25. Following the old routes is good fun but expect things to have changed a bit and have a modern LandRanger map with you!

The maps from the book are accompanied by routes and descriptions of a number of walks, these are shown by the red 'paths' and red letters such as 'A'.

You can click on each map section to go to a more detailed version of the map. Enjoy!