A group of 16 or 17 met at Wanstead Station for the annual “mince pie walk” which took us through Wanstead Park, past the lakes of the former landscaped grounds of Wanstead House, said to have been one of the finest houses in England. The house was sold off and dismantled in 1822 after the owner’s husband, a nephew of the Duke of Wellington, had squandered her fortune.
After lunch in the park and a visit to the Museum in “the Temple” which tells the story of the house, we continued across Wanstead Flats and past the Hollow Ponds to catch a bus to Walthamstow where Jean revived us with tea and mince pies at her house. It had been a beautiful sunny winter’s day and it was a surprise to emerge later into rain. Thanks to Jean and to Don, who led the first part of the walk.