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The local area guide to living In Waltham Cross

The town of Waltham Cross can be found in the south east of Hertfordshire, and is actually part of the Greater London Urban Area, despite being on the exterior of Greater London. The name Waltham Cross comes from the historic Eleanor Cross, a stone monument with large crosses that marks the memory of Eleanor of Castile, King Edward I’s wife. It is only one of three surviving monuments out of a series of 12, which were first built around 1291.

Between 1894 and 1974, Waltham Cross was part of the Cheshunt Urban District, but it then joined up with nearby district counties to create the Borough of Broxbourne. The River Lea towards the east, flows all the way through South East London, where it eventually joins the River Thames. The town’s most notable resident is likely Anthony Trollope, a hugely successful Victorian novelist, who lived in Waltham Cross between 1859 and 1871, during which time he penned 26 novels.

Information about the local residents

The Borough of Broxbourne has approximately 93,609 people living there, whilst Waltham Cross is home to around 10,341 residents. The average age of people in Broxbourne as a whole is relatively young, at 39.

86.8% of Broxbourne residents are natives, and were born in England, 1% were born in Ireland, 0.7% in Scotland, and 0.5% in Nigeria. 93.9% speak English, while other languages spoken include Polish at 1.2%, Italian at 1.2%, and Turkish at 1%. Broxbourne is made up of 65% Christians, while 23.4% of the population do not subscribe to any religion. Muslims take up 2.4% of the population, followed by Hindus at 0.8%, and Jews at 0.3%. Occupations in Broxbourne include administrative/secretarial work at 15.1%, 13.7% of people working in skilled trades and professional level roles totalling 12.1%

Nearby schools

Schools local to the area include Holdbrook Primary School, St Joseph's Catholic Primary School, Greenfield Nursery School and Downfield Primary School. For secondary education, St Mary's Church of England High School, which has glowing reports from Ofsted.

The Broxbourne school is an academy that offers secondary education, as well as sixth form provision, and is located near the Broxbourne Sports Ground.

Getting around

Waltham Cross’ railway station opened in 1840 and is along the West Anglia Main Line. Commuters are not able to use Oyster cards to travel from this station. The trip from here to London is around 1 hour and 20 minutes. There are a few bus services that run through Waltham Cross, including the 217, 317 and the 327. The M25 motorway can be found just north of the town, and allows access to Greater London.

Local shops

There is wide selection when it comes to shopping in Waltham Cross. The Pavilion Shopping Centre homes to over 50 big name stores such as Argos, Boots, and Holland & Barrett. On the high street, you can also find a number of different chains such as Cash Converters, Homebase, and Sainsbury's.

For those who enjoy a drink and a nice meal, The Vine is a lovely 1930s pub located on the high street, that has a garden and a kids' play area and open fires. The Moon and Cross, which is part of the Wetherspoon chain, is situated on the high street, offering standard pub fare.

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