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A BUTCHER, A BAKER, A CANDLE MAKER This is the first edition of three fanzines made by the artist Verity - Jane Keefe for the people of Wood Street, Walthamstow: the people that live here, work here, travel through here, go to school here or simply just like it here. Wood Street is host to roughly 200 businesses, only 4 of which are high street chains. This is a very unique ratio and the starting point of this project. I am making a filmwork about Wood Street. In essence, it will be a portrait of place, looking very closely at the physical fabric of the area as it is now, whilst acknowledging what used to be there. I will also be leading a series of walks around the area. The next walk will be held on Saturday 24th November, departing from outside Wood Street Library at 11am. All are welcome, if you RSVP by email to This series of fanzines highlights research from the project: details of the area that I like and that I feel give Wood Street it’s incredible character, along with archival research and soundbites from one to one interviews. I am surveying the local shopkeepers and workers, asking about their unused and hidden skills. Some of the first responses can be found inside this fanzine. In addition I am researching Wood Street’s past: what was the fried chicken shop originally? Has there always been such a diverse spread of businesses? The Wood Street fanzines will be distributed by various businesses along Wood Street. If you like what you see and have any comments, or simply want to find out more, visit me at Unit 5 in the Wood Street Indoor Market, 100 Wood Street or visit these blogs:

Large empty yellow billboard. A sunny entrance to Wood Street

Near 279 Wood Street Whipps Cross Garage, 2012 No business on site, 1908

The beginnings of a forest on the gates of the metal company.

277 Wood Street Waltham Forest Metals, 2012 No business on site, 1908

Steve, Proprietor

46 Wood Street Razors, Gentlemens hairdressers, 2012 Reuben Hand, Tobacconist, 1908


A butchers that will remain a butchers. Due to reopen soon.

32 Wood Street Ye Old Butchery (empty), September 2012 Ahmad’s Halal Butchers, October 2012 Herbert J Peters, Bootmakers, 1908

The quest for bronze tanning. A pound shop nestles in the remains of the old tanning studio.

38 Wood Street Bronze Tanning Studio, (Pound shop), 2012 E. E. Cornick, Chemists, 1908

Residential 1930’s extension to the left and right hand side of the dutch merchant Jacob Jacobsen’s Clock House.

Clock House, flats 2012 Clock House, Private residence, 1908

Great typography, a destination for the lover of the everyday.

168 Wood Street Wood Street General Store, 2012 Williams and Co., Wholesale newsagents, 1908

William Morris print in the window with the library reflected.

10 Wood Street Silkwood Interiors, curtains and soft furnishings, 2012 Raymond G. Bass, Butcher, 1908

Wood Street library, oozing with civic pride with the names of local heroes etched in its walls.

Corner of Forest Road and Wood Street Wood Street Library, 2012 No business on site, 1908

Lovely hand drawn sign above doorway.

104 Wood Street Agombar’s, Cobblers, Keys cut and shoe shop, 2012 B. Wrigkey and Co., Clothiers, 1908

Lemon yellow paint with assemblage, best experienced in sunlight

72-74 Wood Street T and T Timber and Builders Merchant, 2012 No business on site, 1908

Ali and Marlena, proprietor and waitress

30 Wood Street Woodside Cafe, 2012 Morris and Co., Drapers, 1908


WOOD STREET INSIDE OUT is a programme of public projects seeking to enhance the character of Wood Street, delivered by a creative team led by East architecture, landscape, urban design. This programme is restoring heritage buildings and providing new signage, planting, playareas, street furniture and high street frontages. WOOD STREET INSIDE OUT offers a range of opportunities for local people to collaborate with artists, designers and makers exploring themes of identity, association and change, and, in doing so, bring new life to Wood Street. This project is supported by the London Borough of Waltham Forest and Mayor’s Outer London Fund, which is helping increase the vibrancy and growth of high street places across London.


Issue #1 A Butcher, a baker, a candle maker  

A fanzine for Wood Street

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