VIEW FROM HIGH BEECH, LOOKING WEST.
High Beech is one of the favourite show-places of Epping Forest. Its name is derived from its elevated situation, about a mile and a half from Loughton, and its fine beech trees. Our view is taken from just below the King's Oak, an inn much frequented by picnic parties, some three hundred yards to the right of the little church. Looking west, there is a delightful view over the valley of the Lea to the left of the picture being the Royal Small Arms Factory at Waltham. This district has a special attraction for lovers of Lord Tennyson, for the poet was living here when he wrote "The Talking Oak" - "broad Oak of Sumner-chace"-and the better known Locksley Hall, which were published in the 1842 volume and here the late Laureate found many of the images which adorn his poems.
source: The Queen's London : a Pictorial and Descriptive Record of the Streets, Buildings, Parks and Scenery of the Great Metropolis, 1896