Spotlight on Epping

It’s easy to see why this Essex market town is a hit with commuters
The village green at Theydon Bois, near Epping
The village green at Theydon Bois, near Epping
There is something magical about getting on the Tube in central London and getting off in a small country town about 45 minutes later. This is the delight of Epping, a small Essex market town surrounded by forest and open farmland. There are only five stops on the Underground that cross the psychological barrier of the M25. Four are on the Metropolitan line in Buckinghamshire. Epping, on the Central line, is the fifth.

Dominic Edwards of estate agents Hetheringtons says this makes Epping a big hit with commuters who want a fast and easy journey into the City or central London without having to change at a mainline station. The Central line passes through the City, with a journey time from Epping to Liverpool Street of 38 minutes, and to Oxford Street of 48 minutes.

Until the arrival of the railways, Epping was an important coaching town with many inns lining its wide high street. It was famous for its agricultural produce, in particular its butter, and for the market, which dates from the 13th century and is still a big draw every Monday.

One-bedroom flat: £147,000
Two-bedroom flat: £218,000
Two-bedroom house: £268,000
Three-bedroom house: £407,000
Four-bedroom house £601,000
Source: Hometrack
One-bedroom flat £700 to £800 a month
Two-bedroom flat £800 to £1,200 a month
Two-bedroom house £1,000 to £1,500 a month
Three-bedroom house £1,300 to £1,700 a month
Four-bedroom house £1,500 upwards a month
Five-bedroom-plus house £2,000 upwards a month
Source: PMS Lettings
Houses and flats to rent in Epping

Photographs: Barry Phillips

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