Here is some information to assist persons wishing to view the London Borough of Waltham Forest's, Definitive Map. The information is the result or evidence of some action research in the field of E17. I have not yet made an appointment to view and I am looking forward to reporting on this.
I received the following, as part of an email, on 9th February:
As stated previously the Definitive Map is spread over approx 30 large maps.
I can certainly arrange for the Definitive Maps together with the Statement to be brought to the nearest one stop shop to you, or to Sycamore House which is within the Town Hall Complex. Forest Road. Walthamstow. E17 in early March.
Please can you contact me in order to discuss where you wish to view the maps and statement and to arrange a convenient date to suit you.
Highway Information Officer
Street Naming/Numbering Officer
Environment & Regeneration
Leyton. London. E10 7AS
Tel: 020 8496 1034
I have been reading, Psychogeography, by Merlin Coverley. In Chapter 1, London and the Visionary Tradition, he identifies some key characters in London's psychogeographic history, among them, Arthur Machen (1863-1947). Coverley quotes Machen, from Things Near and Far,
'And it is utterly true that he who cannot find wonder, mystery, awe, the sense of a new world and an undiscovered realm in the places by the Gray's Inn Road will never find those secrets elsewhere, not in the heart of Africa, not in the fabled hidden cities of Tibet. "The matter of our work is everywhere present," wrote the old alchemists and that is the truth. All the wonders lie within a stone's throw of ...........'
Machen wrote, 'Kings Cross,' but this field student of E17 wants to lob psycho pebbles from Queen's Road and elsewhere about the archipelago.
What base materials are to be found for the alchemy in the land of 30 maps?