Epping Forest District Museum

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39 Sun Street, Waltham Abbey, United Kingdom
01992 716882
Epping Forest District Museum - EPPING FOREST DISTRICT MUSEUM Lucien Pisarro painting
Epping Forest District Museum - EPPING FOREST DISTRICT MUSEUM 14th century sculpture
Epping Forest District Museum - EPPING FOREST DISTRICT MUSEUM
Epping Forest District Museum - EPPING FOREST DISTRICT MUSEUM
Epping Forest District Museum - EPPING FOREST DISTRICT MUSEUM
Epping Forest District Museum - EPPING FOREST DISTRICT MUSEUM Panelling from old Waltham Abbey
Epping Forest District Museum - EPPING FOREST DISTRICT MUSEUM

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A Superb little local museum Oct 20, 2017
WELL-WORTH A VISIT

A half-timbered building on Sun Street houses the small but excellent Epping Forest District Museum. Much of the half-timbered house, first built in about 1520, has been restored, but the rooms of the museum, which are part of that house display parts of its original wooden structural elements: doorways, fireplaces, and timber beams. The building has been beautifully restored and conserved, skilfully blending original elements with new features including a lift for handicapped visitors.

Amongst the numerous exhibits, several caught my attention. On the top floor, there is a painting by the impressionist Lucien Pisarro (1863-1944), who first visited the UK during the Franco-Prussian War (1870-71), and then returned to settle permanently in London in 1890. Just after he married (in 1892), he lived in Epping between 1893 and ’97. The painting depicts the garden of his house in Epping, where his daughter the artist Orovida Camille Pissarro (1893-1968) was born.

There is a carved stone head on the floor below. This was carved in the 14th century, and was originally in the Abbey’s Chapter House. It is believed to be a portrait of King Edward III, who was a patron of the Abbey, which he visited often. According to the museum label the beard and hair of this sculpture bears traces of the gold that used to cover the whole piece.

The ground floor contains some elaborately decorated wooden panelling (dated about 1526) that has survived since the demolition of Waltham Abbey. It is owned by the Victoria and Albert Museum, which has lent it to the Epping Museum.

The oldest exhibit in the museum is in a cabinet on the wall of the main staircase. Dated roughly 12,000 BC, it is the curved tusk of a woolly mammoth, which was discovered at Waltham Abbey. It is believed that these beasts roamed around today’s Lea Valley during the ice ages.

The museum has a pleasant little garden decorated with a large mosaic. From the garden, there is a good view of the east end of the museum, which, although restored, looks like it must have done several centuries ago.
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