In 1887, John Bartholomew's Gazetteer of the British Isles described Epping like this:
Epping, market town and par. with ry. sta., W. Essex, in Epping Forest, 16 miles NE. of London, 5319 ac., pop. 2343; P.O., T.O., 1 Bank. Market-day, Friday; has cattle fairs, and sends large quantities of dairy produce to the London market. Epping Forest (formerly Essex or Waltham Forest), between the Lea and the Boding, was at one time very extensive; the unenclosed portion was secured to the public by Act of Parliament, and was opened by Queen Victoria in April 1882.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Epping, in Epping Forest and Essex | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 26th March 2017
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