Justin and his wife, Joan, took us along the High Road from Buckhurst Hill to Loughton (the A121), through the “village” and passed the shops to the memorial and up along York Hill.
His aunt Mab lived at 21 York Hill and I visited regularly. The house was called “Almahri”(almārī which is Hindi, via Portuguese from the Latin armarium meaning “closet or chest” – Oxford Dictionary) which we were informed was a Hindustani word that meant “cupboard” and presumably went well with their (Mab’s and Goldie’s) family names of Mr & Mrs Hubbard. This is Mab’s house in 2008, much as I remember it.
This is the back of the house.
Across the road from Mab’s house and over the grassed island was the edge of Epping Forest. Huge trees, great leaf covered spaces and a fantastic space to walk around in as I recall.
The other side of the street is the edge of Epping Forest!
Justin continued the tour out of Loughton and round to High Beech in the middle of the Forrest and the King’s Oak hostelry. The view of Enfield from the top of this hill over the road from the pub was quite something given that most of England, from Yorkshire to London seems so flat.
(This is a picture off the web so I’ve no idea who the folks in it are, but they give an idea of scale!)
This is the King’s Oak
We had coffee from the café (the little place to the left of the pub) and followed the easy walk trail through the trees. It was lovely.