The overlays that highlight 17th century London features are approximate and derived from Wenceslaus Hollar’s maps:

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The map location is rough, as the forest stretched for many miles.

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Paul Timbrell  •  Link

Norman Gunby in his book 'A Potted History of Ilford' writes 'At the time of Pepys' visit the forest (Waltham) extended from the River Lea at Bow and along the main road past Forest Gate and through Ilford to Whalebone Lane, Chadwell Heath - a distance of just over 7 miles. It then went northwards as far as Harlow and Roydon - a distance of just over 13 miles - covering an area of 60 000 acres (nearly 94 square miles), ten times the size of Epping Forest today.

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