Epping Forest - A Beautiful Place!
History of Epping
Epping Forest is located in Essex on the north-eastern fringe of London.
It traces its history back to well before the Romans. Legend has it that in AD 61 Queen Boudicca made a brave last stand against the Romans at Ambresbury Banks, an ancient British camp located in the Forest itself.
Various well known people have been associated with the Forest, including John Clare the nature poet, who was recovering from alcoholism in a sanatorium at Epping; and William Morris the interior designer and artist. Morris lived at nearby Walthamstow (his house is open to the public) and loved to visit the forest, drawing inspiration for his designs from its beauty).
Dick Turpin, the notorious English highwayman of the eighteenth century knew Epping Forest well and organised many of his criminal activities from a base in the forest which in legend became known as 'Turpin's cave'.
The name 'Epping' in Old Norse means 'a high place'.
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