Part of the North Circular, London’s inner ring road and named after the nearby town of Walthamstow, the origins of its name are disputed, thought to mean a place where strangers are welcome or possibly a religious house established by Wilcume. It was first noted as Wilcumestowe sometime around AD1076 and in AD1117 as Welcomestowe. Over time it became Wolcumestowe in AD1235, Walcumstowe in AD1398 and in AD1466 Walthamstowe. Some scholars argue that it in fact is derived from three words weald meaning wood, ham meaning a manor and stow which means a place. The stow was included to distinguish Walthamstow from nearby Waltham Abbey and Waltham Cross.
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