The Info List - Epping Forest

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EPPING FOREST is a 2,400 hectares (5,900 acres) area of ancient woodland between Epping in the north and Wanstead
in the south, straddling the border between Greater London
Greater London
and Essex
. It is a former royal forest , and is managed by the City of London Corporation . An area of 1,728 hectares (4,270 acres) is a Site of Special Scientific Interest and a Special
Area of Conservation . It gives its name to the Epping Forest
Epping Forest
local government district , which covers part of it.

The forest is approximately 19 kilometres (12 mi) long in the north-south direction, but no more than 4 kilometres (2.5 mi) from east to west at its widest point, and in most places considerably narrower. It lies on a ridge between the valleys of the rivers Lea and Roding . It contains areas of woodland, grassland, heath, rivers, bogs and ponds, and its elevation and thin gravelly soil (the result of glaciation) historically made it unsuitable for agriculture.


* 1 History

* 1.1 Early history to 17th century * 1.2 Queen Elizabeth\'s Hunting Lodge * 1.3 Fighting enclosure * 1.4 "The People\'s Forest"

* 2 Ecology * 3 Lakes and ponds * 4 Leisure activities * 5 Visitor centres * 6 Public transport

* 7 Cultural associations

* 7.1 Fine art * 7.2 Literature * 7.3 Music * 7.4 Television * 7.5 Cinema

* 8 Crime

* 8.1 Murders

* 9 See also * 10 References * 11 Sources * 12 External links



The name "Epping Forest" was first recorded in the 17th century; prior to this it was known as Waltham Forest (which gives its name to the present-day London Borough of Waltham Forest , which covers part of the modern forest).

The area which became known as Waltham, and then Epping Forest
Epping Forest
has been continuously forested since Neolithic
times. Embankments of two Iron Age earthworks – Loughton Camp and Ambresbury Banks – can be found in the woodland, but pollen profiles show that Iron Age occupation had no significant effect on the forest ecology. The former lime/linden Tilia
-dominated woodland was permanently altered during Saxon times by selective cutting of trees. Today's beech-birch and oak-hornbeam-dominated forest was the result of partial forest clearance in Saxon times.

The forest is thought to have been given legal status as a royal forest by Henry II in the 12th century. This status allowed commoners to use the forest to gather wood and foodstuffs, and to graze livestock and turn out pigs for mast, but only the king was allowed to hunt there. "Forest" in the historical sense of royal forest meant an area of land reserved for royal hunting, where the forest laws applied, and did not imply that it was necessarily wooded. Queen Elizabeth 's Hunting Lodge, Chingford


In Tudor times, Henry VIII and Queen Elizabeth I may have hunted in the forest, though no documentary evidence has survived to prove it. In 1543, Henry commissioned a building, known as Great Standing, from which to view the chase at Chingford . The building was renovated in 1589 for Queen Elizabeth I and can still be seen today in Chingford. The building is now known as Queen Elizabeth\'s Hunting Lodge , and is open to the public. There is another hunt standing, which now forms the core of the Forest HQ at the Warren, Loughton .


There were disputes between landowners (who enclosed land) and commoners (who had grazing and cutting rights). One group of commoners was led by Thomas Willingale (1799–1870) who on behalf of the villagers of Loughton continued to lop the trees after the Lord of the Manor (Maitland) had enclosed 550 hectares (1,400 acres) of forest in Loughton. This led to an injunction against further enclosures.

The Epping Forest
Epping Forest
Act 1878 was passed, saving the forest from enclosure, and halting the shrinkage of the forest that this had caused. Epping Forest
Epping Forest
ceased to be a royal forest and was placed in the care of the City of London Corporation who act as Conservators . In addition, the Crown's right to venison was terminated, and pollarding was no longer allowed, although grazing rights continued. This act laid down a stipulation that the Conservators "shall at all times keep Epping Forest
Epping Forest
unenclosed and unbuilt on as an open space for the recreation and enjoyment of the people". In compensation for the loss of lopping rights, Lopping Hall in Loughton was built as a community building.

Dick Turpin is alleged to have had a hideout in the forest

The forest has long standing criminal associations. In the 18th century, Epping Forest
Epping Forest
became notorious as the haunt of highwaymen , who preyed on the coaches of wealthy racegoers on the road from London to Newmarket . Dick Turpin and Tom King used the forest as a hideaway, and Jack Rann , known as "Sixteen String Jack", had a pub named after him in Theydon Bois
Theydon Bois
. Turpin had a hideout there. The tree cover and the forest's location close to London have made it notorious as a burial area for murder victims. Triple policeman murderer Harry Roberts hid out in the forest for a short time before his arrest in 1966.


* 1966 Marian Hartley, a 15-year-old schoolgirl was killed by Joseph Kiely, 20. Kiely dragged Hartley into the forest late at night, in the Chingford area, after she had been to a school dance, whereby he sexually assaulted her and strangled her. * 1970 The bodies of Susan Blatchford (eleven years old), and Gary Hanlon (twelve years old), were discovered in a copse on Lippitts Hill, after they went missing from their homes in Enfield , north London, in March 1970. The case was to be known as the \'Babes in the Wood\' murders . Thirty years later, Ronald Jebson, already serving a life sentence for the 1974 murder of eight-year-old Rosemary Papper, confessed to the murders. * 1981 The thin decomposed 6 ft body of a white European man aged 30–40 was found in the undergrowth in the forest. He had a money belt containing English and Spanish money and wore a watch, costing approximately £40. The body remains unidentified * 1989 Terence Gooderham, an accountant, and his girlfriend, Maxine Arnold, who were both killed in a hit-man-style slaying whereby they were both shot with a double barrelled shotgun. Although unsolved, it has been reported in the press that James Moody , described as "Britain's most notorious hitman" may have been responsible for the killings, although he was also murdered a few years later. It has been further suggested in the press that Gooderham was targeted because he creamed off £250,000 in drugs money that he was involved in laundering and that the hit was order by the Adams Family criminal organisation, which is also known as the Clerkenwell crime syndicate . * 1990 Patricia Parsons, who ran a massage parlour , was found dead in her car having been shot in the head with a cross-bow. It was suggested that she had a 'black book' of clients and was subject to a contract killing following the possibility that she was going to sell details to a newspaper. The murder remains unsolved. * 2000 Wendy Woodhouse, 31, was taken to forest in Essex, stripped, tortured and beaten to death with a snooker cue by two men who thought she had cheated them in a drugs deal. Courtney Peters, 28, an illegal immigrant from Jamaica
, and Ewing Thomas, 25, of Stoke Newington , north London, were jailed for life for her murder at the Old Bailey .

* 2004 The remains of Ivor Willis were found on Wanstead
Flats , who had been missing for two years. * 2004 The body of a person aged 40 years or more was found in the forest. Experts could not identify the person's sex as the body was believed to have been there for up to 20 years. The body remains unidentified. * 2005 Shah Afruj Ali, 40, was lured to forest and stabbed, before his body was burnt by his younger lover Joygun Nessa, 27, and her brother Azhor Khan, 18, in 2005. * 2005 Rafal Czapczyk was found, after passers-by heard gunshots, with ballistic wounds to his head at Wake Arms. He died later in hospital. The body remained unidentified for several months until his family in Poland
recognised mortuary pictures that had been released by police. It is not believed that his killers have been found. * 2015 Scotland Yard launched a murder inquiry after the body of Hidir Aksakal was found close to Hollow Ponds, Leytonstone on 9 September 2015.


* Edward Buxton , who played a part in saving the forest for public use * Epping Forest Keepers , responsible for the management and care of the forest. * List of Sites of Special
Scientific Interest in Greater London
Greater London
* List of Sites of Special
Scientific Interest in Essex
* Metropolitan Police Air Support Unit , is based in the forest at Lippits Hill * Stephen Pewsey , historian * Fred J Speakman , naturalist and author


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Wayback Machine
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Epping Forest
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Wayback Machine
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