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Waltham Forest

A station and street situated at the southern end of Blackhorse Road in west Walthamstow. The first St James’s church was erected in 1842. A replacement was built in 1902 and demolished sixty years later. The site is now occupied by a health clinic. Much of the area was developed by the local builder Sir TCT Warner during the 1890s. It was called the Clock House estate after the Warner family home, a Regency style villa erected in 1813, part of which is still standing at the corner of Mission Grove and Pretoria Avenue. Warner’s houses were built to a high standard with distinctive external features, including a letter ‘W’ on many of the properties. Some of the estate was acquired by the council in the 1960s and Leucha Road is now a conservation area.

St James’s Park and Low Hall sports ground lie to the south-west of the station. The latter has the Pump House steam and transport museum, a grade II listed Victorian engine house remodelled in 1897 to take a pair of Marshall steam engines, which are still in working order.

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The rear of houses in St James Street, seen from the station

Postal district: E17
Station: National Express East Anglia (formerly ‘one’ Railway) (Zone 3)

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