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Mini guide to Epping

     

Located in the southwest corner of Essex, Epping is the centre of the Epping Forest District, which covers Epping, Loughton, Chigwell, Buckhurst Hill, Waltham Abbey and Ongar. The town has some interesting architectural heritage, pleasant scenery and great shopping.

The centrepiece of the town's historic structures is the great Gothic St John's tower, built in 1872. From the base of the tower, stairs lead up to the belfry, where you can ask permission to examine the mechanics of the church bells. It is possible to climb up past the clock chamber to the bell chamber and the battlements. The staircase ends at the top of the tower, where fantastic views of Epping Forest, Canary Wharf and the Millennium Dome await. On a fine day, it is possible to see the dome of St Paul's cathedral on the far horizon.

Take time to explore the parish church, built in 1889 in the 14th century East Anglian tradition. The town is famed for its Monday Market, where all kinds of goods are traded at great prices. Nearby lies remnants of the ancient Epping Forest, which once covered the whole of west Essex. The remains of Roman villas have been excavated near Epping, reputed to have been where Boudica was defeated by the Romans after she destroyed Colchester, London and St Albans in 61 AD.

Despite being mainly a commuter town for London workers, Epping has some quality accommodation and reasonable restaurants. The nightlife is subdued, centred around the few pubs and bars near the town centre.

There are a few interesting day trips from Epping to locations in Essex, the most famous being charming Colchester, with its magnificent Norman castle. To the north of Essex lies Suffolk, whose undulating southern reaches, straddling the River Stour, are home to a string of picturesque, well-preserved little towns such as Lavenham and Kersey. Elsewhere, Bury St Edmunds can boast not just the ruins of its once-prestigious abbey, but also some fine Georgian architecture on its grid-plan streets. The north Suffolk coast is breathtaking, with the elegant Georgian resort town of Southwold providing excellent seaside recreation and entertainment. Further north is Norfolk, which boasts Norwich, renowned for its Norman cathedral and castle and for its high-tech Sainsbury Centre, and Blakeney Point, one of England's top nature reserves. Cambridge is also within easy reach, just to the northwest, and is famed for its world-renowned university town and the cathedral town of Ely.

The town is well placed for the M11 and M25 roads and Epping is the last station on the London Underground's Central Line. The nearest airports are London City and London Stansted.

www.essexcc.gov.uk

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