The Crest of Walthamstow [Top of page]

This is the official description of the Armorial Bearings of the Borough of Walthamstow, before the "London Borough of Waltham Forest" was instituted in 1965:

Arms: Argent a Maunch Gules on a Chief Azure a Seamew volant between two Anchors Argent.
Crest: Upon a Mural Crown Or a Dove Azure beaked and legged Gules winged Or holding in the beak a sprig of Oak fructed proper.
Supporters: On the dexter side a Stag and on the sinister side a Pie-Bald Talbot, each gorged with a Wreath of Oak all proper.
Legend: "Fellowship is Life"

Apart from the fact that the Coat of Arms is a very beautiful piece of armorial designing, every item inclded has some direct reference to our town in bygone times.
The Maunch, or Sleeve, which occurs in the lower half of the shield, was the insignia of the Toni family, and as a representative of this family was the first Norman Lord of these parts, this piece of heraldy reminds us of Walthamstow in Norman days.

The Chief of the shield bears the familiar arms of George Monoux, further emphasized in the Bird with the Oak twig in its Beak, which forms the Crest of our Arms. These remind us not only of Walthamstow in Tudor times, but of a very worthy citizen whose benefactions are well known throughout the towm. Monovians, and other interested, may notice that the ground colour of the Monoux device appears in blue, not red as usual. This change of colours was made in compliment to the Maynard family, whose supporters - the Stag and Talbot - appear on either side of our Arms, and these features were introduced to memorialize a family connected with Walthamstow since the seventeenth century, particularly Henry Maynard, whose bequests to the Church, the school and the poor were generous and noteworthy.

The legend, "Fellowship is Life", comes from the pen of a celebrated citizen, William Morris, whose place in art, craftsmanship and letters is well recognized, and will be much enhanced with the passage of time.

The Walthamstow Coat of Arms is therefore something much more that a mere heraldic picture; it is a miniature of the history of the town throughout eight centuries, reminding us of its great epochs and commemorating prominent and public-spirited men who were connected with our parish.

The Coat of Arms is, in realty, the story in brief of Walthamstow from the Norman Conquests to the Victorian Era.

(The above picture and text is from: "The Story of Walthamstow", by G.E. Roebuck, 1952 The Walthamstow Corporation)

In heraldry, gules is the tincture with the colour red, and belongs to the class of dark tinctures called "colours". In engraving, it is sometimes depicted as a region of vertical lines or else marked with gu. as an abbreviation. The term gules derives from an Old French word goules or gueules meaning "throats" or referring to the mouth of an animal (whence comes the English gullet). The mouth and throat are red, hence the transfer of meaning.
The maunch is a lady's sleeve of a very ancient pattern and it became used, in heraldry, from the custom of the knights who attended tournaments wearing their ladies sleeves, as "gages d'amour" in the lists. The maunch was the symbol suitable for a man whose heart had been captured by of a fair maiden.
Mural Crown
A crown modeled after the walls of a castle
Any of various seagulls, especially Larus canus, of Europe.
An adult male deer.
Having patches of black and white or of other colors; parti-colored.
A hound with long pendent ears.
(fr. au naturel): when a charge is borne of its natural colour it is said to be proper;

Walthamstow Census info [Top of page]

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Walthamstow Diary [Top of page]

Listed here, in chronological order, are some events - mainly (but not necessarily) musical.
If you wish to add/amend entries, please contact Daniel: Email Daniel

Sources: MP - Magnolia Promotions / JP - John Pridige / WG - Walthamstow Guardian / WM - Walthamstow Memories / WP - Wikipedia

(Part of "WPP - Walthamstow Past & Present", a project developed by Dave Hughes and owned by Daniel J. Quinn)

Year Date Event Info Source
1929Oct 10thCharter Day Borough of WalthamstowWM
1944Sep 14thForest Road/Farnan AvenueFirst V2 German 'flying bomb' hit WalthamstowJP
1960Jan 10thThe Granada CinemaGene VincentMP
1963Sep 28thWalthamstow Assembly HallThe Rolling StonesMP
1963May 24thThe Granada CinemaThe BeatlesMP
1964Jan 10thThe Granada CinemaThe Rolling Stones + The RonettesMP
1964Oct 24thThe Granada CinemaThe BeatlesMP
1965May 1stThe Granada CinemaThe YardbirdsMP
1966Mar 12thThe Granada CinemaThe James Brown ShowMP
1966Mar 28thThe Granada CinemaRoy Orbison MP
1966Apr 23rdThe Granada CinemaThe Small Faces + Wayne FontanaMP
1967Dec 15thWalthamstow Technical CollegeThe Jeff Beck GroupMP
1967Nov 4thThe Granada CinemaThe Who + The HerdMP
1968Dec 12thWalthamstow Assembly HallBonzo Dog Doo-Dah BandMP
1968May 2ndWalthamstow Technical CollegeSpooky ToothMP
1968May 11thThe Granada CinemaJohnny Cash + Carl PerkinsMP
1968Nov 8thThe Granada CinemaThe Who + The Small FacesMP
1968Jan 28thThe Granada CinemaThe DublinersMP
1968Apr 7thThe Granada CinemaThe Kinks + The HerdMP
1968May 7thThe Granada CinemaGene Pitney + Don PartridgeMP
1969Dec 11thWalthamstow Assembly HallManfred Mann Chapter IIIMP
1969May 27thWalthamstow Technical CollegeCountry Joe & The Fish + SteamhammerMP
1969Nov 7thWalthamstow Technical CollegePink FloydMP
1970Feb 6thWalthamstow Technical CollegeDeep PurpleMP
1970Feb 27thWalthamstow Technical CollegeLove + Skin AlleyMP
1970Nov 13thWalthamstow Technical CollegeBrian Auger + Terry ReidMP
1970Jun 23rd The Granada CinemaRoy Orbison + othersMP
1970Feb 24thStandard Music VenueDJ Emperor RoskoMP
1971Nov 20thWalthamstow Technical CollegeStone The Crows + MorganMP
1971Nov 22ndWalthamstow Technical CollegeSupertrampMP
1971Dec 4thWalthamstow Technical CollegeWishbone Ash + Peter Barden's CamelMP
1971May 15thWalthamstow Technical CollegeEdgar Broughton Band + HookfootMP
1971Jun 4thWalthamstow Technical CollegeFleetwood Mac + Warm DustMP
1971Jun 19thWalthamstow Technical CollegePink Fairies + HawkwindMP
1971Oct 8thWalthamstow Technical CollegeSandy Denny + Tir Na NogMP
1971Nov 13thWalthamstow Technical CollegeWriting on The Wall + HawkwindMP
1971Nov 19thWalthamstow Technical CollegeUriah Heep + Climax ChicagoMP
1971Apr 2ndWalthamstow Technical CollegeMighty Baby + Brinsley SchwartzMP
1972Jan 22ndWalthamstow Technical CollegeThe GroundhogsMP
1972Feb 4thWalthamstow Technical CollegeMott The Hoople + HookfootMP
1972Mar 11thWalthamstow Technical CollegeAl Stewart + Bridget St. JohnMP
1972Apr 15thWalthamstow Technical CollegeEast of EdenMP
1972Apr 22ndWalthamstow Technical CollegeThe StrawbsMP
1972May 20thWalthamstow Technical CollegeThe Kinks + GlencoeMP
1972Jun 3rdWalthamstow Technical CollegeQuintessenceMP
1972Dec 22ndThe Granada CinemaAtomic Rooster + JonesyMP
1973Jan 27thWalthamstow Technical CollegeHomeMP
1976Jun 17thWalthamstow Assembly HallThe Stranglers + The Sex PistolsMP
1976Nov 18thWalthamstow Assembly HallIron MaidenMP
1981Sep 25thWalthamstow Assembly HallNew OrderMP
1981Dec 11thWalthamstow Assembly HallBauhausMP
1983Jun 27thWalthamstow Assembly HallThe Glitterband + MudMP
1984Feb 4thWalthamstow Assembly HallLove Affair + Vanity FairMP
1984Feb 5thWalthamstow Assembly HallShowaddywaddyMP
1986Feb 1stWalthamstow Assembly HallThe FoundationsMP
1986Feb 8thWalthamstow Assembly HallDr & The MedicsMP
1986Sep 9thStandard Music VenueTony BlackburnMP
1986Sep 16thStandard Music VenueMike Reid + supportMP
1986Sep 21stStandard Music VenueJenny Clair + othersMP
1986Oct 4thStandard Music VenueRichard DiganceMP
1986Oct 5thStandard Music VenueHarry EnfieldMP
1986Oct 25thStandard Music VenueHale & PaceMP
1986Nov 15thStandard Music VenueJohn Otway MP
1986Dec 23rdStandard Music VenueRichard DiganceMP
1986Dec 23rdStandard Music VenueRichard DiganceMP
1987Jan 14thStandard Music VenueGirlschoolMP
1987Feb 4thStandard Music VenueGirlschoolMP
1987Feb 21stStandard Music VenueHale & PaceMP
1987Mar 18thStandard Music VenueThe SearchersMP
1987May 27thStandard Music VenueBad Manners + Vicious RumoursMP
1987Jul 11thStandard Music VenueStan Webb's Chicken ShackMP
1987Aug 28thStandard Music VenueMan + The UnionMP
1987Dec 11thStandard Music VenueBudgie + Parisenne BlondeMP
1988Feb 13thStandard Music VenueMan + No DealMP
1988May 13thStandard Music VenueSamson + Silent EarthMP
1989Mar 30thStandard Music VenueThe GroundhogsMP
1989May 16thStandard Music VenueAlan Davies + Jack DeeMP
1989Dec 10thStandard Music VenueSean HughesMP
1990Feb 18thStandard Music VenueHattie HayridgeMP
1990Mar 4thStandard Music VenueEddie IzzardMP
1990Apr 29thStandard Music VenueSuzi QuatroMP
1990May 17thStandard Music VenueGeno Washington & The Ram Jam BandMP
1990May 18thStandard Music VenueSweetMP
1990Jun 24thStandard Music VenueMudMP
1992Sep 9thStandard Music VenueGogmagogMP
1993Feb 15thStandard Music VenueLiz McCarthyMP
1993Jul 10thWalthamstow Village FestivalHeld in WalthamstowMP
1994Apr 24thStandard Music VenueClosed for 9 months MP
1994Jul 16thWalthamstow Village FestivalHeld in WalthamstowMP
1995Jan 19thStandard Music VenueRe-opened after road alterationsMP
1995Feb 4thStandard Music VenueDr & The MedicsMP
1995Feb 9thStandard Music VenueSplodgenessaboundsMP
1995Mar 1stStandard Music VenueGlenn TillbrookMP
1995Aug 26thStandard Music VenueRic Lee BreakersMP
1995Sep 24thStandard Music VenueCaptain SensibleMP
1995Oct 4thStandard Music VenueCrazy World of Arthur BrownMP
1996May 19thStandard Music VenueCosmic Charlies + Catch 22MP
1996Sep 27thStandard Music Venue (upstairs)Tony McPhee MP
1996Jul 13thWalthamstow Village FestivalHeld in WalthamstowMP
1997Feb 23rdStandard Music VenueBond GirlMP
1997Feb 28thStandard Music VenueRock BitchMP
1997Apr 11thStandard Music VenueStrayMP
1997Jul 19thWalthamstow Village FestivalHeld in WalthamstowMP
1998Jan 22ndStandard Music VenueBlythe PowerMP
1998Feb 7thStandard Music VenueWishbone Ash + Rewind + AlienMP
1998Nov 13thStandard Music VenueWishbone AshMP
1999Mar 24thStandard Music VenueWishbone Ash + Keith MoreMP
2000Apr 1stStandard Music VenueOsibisa + Tea For The WickedMP
2000May 25thStandard Music VenueLol CoxhillMP
2000Oct 5thStandard Music VenueWishbone Ash + Tea For The WickedMP
2000Jul 15thWalthamstow Village FestivalHeld in WalthamstowMP
2001Jun 21stStandard Music VenueMick Abraham's BandMP
2001Nov 15thStandard Music VenueOzric TentaclesMP
2001Nov 29thStandard Music VenueTim Rose + Del BromhamMP
2002Apr 20thStandard Music VenueRod Argent & Colin BlunstoneMP
2003Walthamstow EMD Cinema closedPreviously called The GranadaWP
2003Nov 29thThe Plough InnMick Abrahams MP
2003Jul 19thStandard Music VenueWoronzow AlldayerMP
2003Sep 7thWalthamstow Arts FestivalHeld In Walthamstow High StreetMP
2004Oct 27thStandard Music VenueWishbone AshMP
2005Apr 15thThe Plough InnPaul RobertsMP
2005Aug 29thThe Plough InnChas & DaveMP
2006Mar 30thStandard Music VenueThe SkintsMP
2007Sep 7thThe Plough InnRobin WilliamsonMP
2007Sep 21stThe Plough InnWreckless Eric & Amy RigbyMP
2007Oct 5thThe Plough InnTony McPhee's GroundhogsMP
2007Nov 16thThe Plough InnMick Abraham's BandMP
2007Nov 17thThe Plough InnDeke Leonard's Iceberg + The Green RayMP
2007Dec 7thThe Plough InnPaul Roberts & Andy Ellis + John EllisMP
2007Feb 4thThe Plough InnJim PageMP
2007Apr 7thThe Plough InnJohn Otway + Anton BarbeauMP
2007Jul 5thThe Plough InnBarry MeltonMP
2007Jul 6thThe Plough InnTom RobinsonMP
2007Jan 27thStandard Music VenueTea For The Wicked + The Green RayMP
2007Sep 2ndWalthamstow Arts FestivalHeld In Walthamstow High StreetMP
2008Aug 16thWalthamstow Stadium closedlast race was at 11pmWP
2008May 9thThe Plough InnWreckless Eric & Amy RigbyMP
2008May 31stThe Plough InnNick PickettMP
2008Jun 20thThe Plough InnWild Willy Barrett's Sleeping DogzMP
2008Aug 1stThe Plough InnJim PageMP
2008Oct 31stThe Plough InnWreckless Eric & Amy RigbyMP
2008Feb 24thThe Plough InnIsla St. Clair + othersMP
2008Mar 14thThe Plough InnRobin WilliamsonMP
2008Mar 8thThe Plough InnMitch BennMP
2008Apr 4thThe Plough InnAshley Hutchins & The Rainbow ChasersMP
2008Apr 12thThe Plough InnPaul Roberts MP
2008Mar 29thStandard Music VenueWilko Johnson + ZedsMP
2008Oct 15thStandard Music VenueWishbone AshMP
2009Aug 31stThe Plough InnBlue Gillespie + The Danny Noodles BandMP
2009Jan 29thStandard Music VenueEvening abandoned due to a fireMP
2010Sep 11thWalthamstow Memories 'gathering'The first meeting WM
2010Feb 13thWalthamstow Assembly HallThe New Beautiful SouthMP
2010Aug 23rdWalthamstow Assembly HallLinton Kwesi JohnsonMP
2010Sep 19thThe Plough InnRobb JohnsonMP
2010Jul 19thThe Plough InnChicken Legs WeaverMP
2010Dec 31stThe Plough InnClosedMP
2011Jun 23rd-26thWalthamstow Memories 'gathering'The 10th Anniversary of the websiteWM
2011Aug 24thStandard Music VenueSexual Disorders + supportMP
2011Dec 3rdStandard Music VenueT-Rexstacy played on the closing nightMP
2012Mar 15thEddy Izzard (comedian)Visiting Walthamstow College studentsMP
2013Jun 15thWood Street FundayFamily DayMP
2013Jun 15thHigham Hill FundayFamily DayMP
2013Feb 6thVallentin RoadIdris Ella filming an episode of 'Luther'.MP
2013Jun 23rdWood Street Indoor MarketNikki Graham opened their Sunday marketWG