Excerpt from More Walthamstow Houses and Their Interesting AssociationsAn intensive study of the old houses of Walthamstow brings out some interesting records of its famous people, and it is mainly from this point of view that I wrote this and the previous Monograph.Some one has said that a house has a history as enthralling as that of an individual. If an old house, it has a much longer existence, and it may be both beautiful and romantic, which an individual seldom is. I do not Claim that the old houses of Walthamstow can be classed among the stately homes of England, but I do claim that many of their residents have been among the best of our land, and that we should do well as good citizens to remember their worth. The Royal Commission on Historical Monuments dealt rather slightly with our Parish Church and our old houses; but even in that Report there is enough to show that there are houses still in situ that were built before 1715, and that their panelling, mould ings, and brickwork are uncommonly good. It will be found that most of the houses described in these two Monographs are either Georgian or early Victorian. No big houses have been raised in Walthamstow for the last eighty or ninety years; and most of the large old houses yet stand ing are used as educational institutions or as factories. If we glance back at 1762, when some of our great houses were being built, we find there were 301 houses, of which 204 were taxable and 97 were cottages. In 1796 there were 386 ...

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