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Vestry House Museum is a history museum in Walthamstow, focusing on the heritage of the local area. The collection includes various artifacts dating from the Victorian Era to the 20th Century including numerous archived documents and photographs.
Vestry House was originally built as a workhouse and was later used as a police station and also as private housing (amongst the exhibits is a replica police cell demonstrating one of the building's previous uses). The building became a museum in 1931.
On permanent display in the museum is the Bremer Car, the first British motor car with an internal combustion engine, which was built by Frederick Bremer (1872–1941) in a workshop at the back of his family home in Connaught Road, Walthamstow. The car first ran in 1892 and was donated to the museum by Bremer in 1933.
Vestry House Museum Reviews
The building housing the museum dates from the 18th century and was originally a workhouse. The museum contains fascinating exhibits from each period since then which document not only the house's... more »
Vestry House is a wonderful place. Beautifully restored with a rich history. I enjoyed learning about the local area in this authentic setting. I understand there's a large archive available on... more »
I came across this place in a magazine advertising a easter egg hunt. I was not sure what to expect given the location and size but it turned out to be a pleasant visit. The museum itself is housed in the old workhouse (hence the name!) Spread over two floors and much larger inside than it appears to be from the outside. It also has a nice garden which took me by surprise.You could probably spend an hour here before moving on.
Really interesting story of the local area and workhouse. The lady who greeted us was fantastic, gave us loads of interesting information and told us about other local events that were on.
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