- Waltham Cross
infobox UK place
country = England
official_name= Waltham Cross
population = 10,000
region= East of England
post_town= WALTHAM CROSS
Waltham Cross is the most south-easterly town in
Hertfordshire, England, bordered by Greater Londonto the south and northerly rural Essexto the east. It is located at UK gbmapping|TL359005, just south of Cheshunt, west of Waltham Abbeyand north of Enfield (with the southern section of the town crossing the Greater London boundary and the M25 motorwayat Freezywater). Even though it is located just outside of Greater London itself, the town is still a part of the Greater London Urban Area.
The town centre is a bustling pedestrianised shopping district attracting shoppers to the mix of chain stores and independent shops, supermarkets, banks, a covered shopping mall and the department store Fishpools which has been in the town since 1899. A general market is held on Wednesdays and Fridays, plus occasional French and farmers' markets.
The Showground site which adjoins
Waltham Town Lockhas been chosen to host the relocated Broxbourne White Water Canoe Centrefor the 2012 Olympics. [ [http://www.leavalleywalk.org.uk/feed/ Olympic site moved to Waltham lock] Retrieved May 14 2008]
In the heart of the town centre is one of the three surviving medieval Eleanor Crosses, a striking memorial commemorating the over-night resting place of Queen Eleanor’s coffin on its processional journey to
Westminster Abbeyin 1290. The memorial is now surrounded by a European-style piazza with space for street entertainment and events.
There is a large bus station, a result of Waltham Cross being on the border of
Travelcard Zone 6where London Busesterminate and link with services for Hertfordshire and Essex. The area is served by two train stations on different lines. Waltham Cross railway stationlinks directly with London Liverpool Streetthe journey taking approximately 25 minutes or 12 minutes to Tottenham Hale. Theobalds Grove railway station also links with London Liverpool street via Seven Sisters station.
A large printing works has been developed for
News Internationalat the Park Plaza site and will soon be responsible for pressing copies of newspapers such as " The Sun" and " The Times", adjacent to the A10 and Junction 25 of the M25 motorway.
Anthony Trollopelived at Waltham Cross for 12 years between 1859 and 1871 where he wrote twenty-six of his novels and entertained his illustrious London friends. His home was demolished in 1936 and on the general site now stands the 'Moon and Cross', a J D Wetherspoon public house, decorated with a literary theme. Celebrities Cliff Richard, Victoria Beckhamand English singer-songwriter and musician Russ Ballardare also from the area.
Lee Valley Park
* Waltham Abbey
* Goffs Oak
Waltham Cross Bus Station serves as the main terminus and starting point for buses in the immediate locality, with important links to
North London, Hertford, Waltham Abbey, Loughton, Cheshuntand Potters Bar.
Nearest railway stations:
Theobalds Grove railway station
Waltham Cross railway station
* [http://www.leevalley-online.co.uk/towns/wcross/index.htm Waltham Cross Town Guide]
* [http://www.lowewood.com/WalthamX/ Local history]
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