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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON

26th September 1977 Sir Freddie Laker begins cut-rate Skytrain service, London to NY

26th September 1963 Born today: Lysette Anthony, London, actress (Angelique-Dark Shadows, Switch)

26th September 1961 Author Will Self was born in Finchley, North London.

26th September 1947 Born today: Graham Faulkner, London, actor (Brother Sun Sister Moon)

26th September 1926 JB Fagan's And So to Bed, premieres in London

26th September 1907 Born today: Ralph Michael, London England, actor (Quest, Doctor in the House)

26th September 1087 The Coronation of William II in Westminster Abbey.go to related location

The Butler's Retreat



The Butler's Retreat

The historical cafe on Chingford Plains is re-opened.

Location: 2 Rangers Road, Chingford, E4 7QH

Description: Butler's Retreat is a Grade II Listed Building that was originally built as a barn to store the harvest for the lord of Chingford in the mid-19th century. It stands next to the Queen Elizabeth Hunting Lodge.

When the City of London became Conservators of Epping Forest in 1878, it was converted into a refreshment house. In 1895 leased by John Butler as a Retreat catering for visitors to Epping Forest.

The arrival of the train line to Chingford opened up Epping Forest to the whole of the East End; hundreds of Londoners would descend upon Chingford Plain on a sunny weekend and enjoy games and activities.

Out of the dozen or so retreats that used to provided food and drink to people visiting the forest, Butlers retreat is the only one still surviving.

Butler's Retreat provided the refreshments. The Butler family ran the retreat until the 1970s and it continued serving refreshments until it closed in 2009.

The timber framed, weatherboarded building has been externally and internally refurbished by Bolt and Heeks, to the designs of the Gibberd architectural practice.



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The Butler's Retreat

The historical cafe on Chingford Plains is re-opened.


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