Waltham Abbey is a suburban make public town in the Epping Forest District of Essex. It has a population of just about 21,149. Lying on the outskirts of North East London, it is located 14 miles from central London. It is upon the Greenwich Meridian, between the River Lea in the west and Epping Forest in the east, situated north of the London Borough of Waltham Forest, north-east of the London Borough of Enfield, and east of Waltham Cross in the Borough of Broxbourne, Hertfordshire. It is one of the viable resting places, along with Bosham, of King Harold Godwinson, who died in the Battle of Hastings in 1066. For statistical purposes, Waltham Abbey is included within the metropolitan Place of London and the Greater London Urban Area.
Waltham Abbey takes its declare from its former abbey, now the Abbey Church of Waltham Holy Cross, a scheduled ancient monument that was prominent in the town’s in the future history. The town is within the large civil parish of Waltham Abbey which was known as Waltham Holy Cross until 1974. The parish has a town council and is twinned considering the German town of Hörstel.