Victorian London - Publications - History - The Queen's London : a Pictorial and Descriptive Record of the Streets, Buildings, Parks and Scenery of the Great Metropolis, 1896 - Queen Elizabeth's Lodge, Chingford

Queen Elizabeth's Lodge, Chingford - photograph


In one of the most frequented parts of Epping Forest, near Chingford, is the building, of the Tudor era, known as Queen Elizabeth's Lodge. It is a three-storeyed structure of brick and timber, roughly plastered, with gabled ends and high-pitched roof. The Corporation of London, when they took over the Forest, bound themselves to keep the Lodge, which is of considerable antiquarian interest, in a state of repair; and at present it serves as a refreshment house. As everybody knows, Queen Elizabeth was a devotee of the chase, and according to tradition she was wont, when visiting the Lodge called after her, to ride up the broad stairs inside without dismounting, a difficult though quite possible feat. To the left in our view is a part of the Royal Forest Hotel.