Vestry House Museum
Vestry House Museum is the local history museum for the London Borough of Waltham Forest, and stands within the village of Church End, Walthamstow. This secluded area still preserves a rural atmosphere, although it lies only a quarter of a mile from Walthamstow's main shopping centre and barely six and a half miles from the City of London.
Vestry House, a two-storey building of brown stock brick, was constructed in 1730 as a workhouse by order of the Walthamstow Vestry. It was later a police station and a private house.<ref name="walthamforest"> About Vestry House.</ref>
Vestry House Museum is financed by the London Borough of Waltham Forest and since 1931, when it was opened by Sir Ernest Pollock, Master of the Rolls, it has been the borough's museum and local studies library and archive.
The first motor car to be driven in London and the first built in Britain is displayed at the museum. Frederick Bremer built the car in Walthamstow.<ref name="walthamforest" />
Vestry House Museum is open Wednesday to Sunday, 10 am – 5 pm. Pre-booked groups, including school groups, are also welcome on Tuesdays.
The Museum holds family activities on the third Sunday of every month and on selected Wednesdays during school holidays. It also has a varied programme of temporary exhibitions.
- Vestry House Museum
- Campaign to keep Vestry House Museum open
- Official Facebook page of Vestry House Museum