The weather in 1888 was so extreme that Essex suffered from storms and floods that were severe enough that bridges were washed away. In July and August of that year the rainfall in Epping was measured at 299mm, which is over 40% of the expected total annual rainfall in that part of Essex. In the August of 1911, however, the dry weather meant that rainfall in Epping was measured at only 12mm for the whole month. The weather of 1987 that caused the Great Storm led to more than 60 trees falling on the Central Line rail track that runs between Epping and Ongar, causing the route to be closed for 3 days whilst cleanup and repairs were made.
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The weekly market in Epping has run unbroken since its charter was granted by King Henry II in 1253. As a result of its location at the edge of the ancient Forest of Epping, the town has been both, an important centre for trade in its rural surroundings and a stop-off point on the journey to and from London. By the nineteenth century up to 26 stage and mail coaches were passing through Epping each day and there were 26 coaching inns thriving in the High Street. The introduction of the railways led to an obvious decline in visitors and business, since travel and communication became possible without the need for stopovers. The introduction of motorized transport, however, has led to rapid growth for Epping as a popular place to live and from which to commute into the city of London and, as a result, house prices have risen dramatically. The town of Epping has many listed buildings and a rural atmosphere. It is also close to the Lee Valley Park which hosted some of the canoeing events for the London 2012 Olympics.
Epping can count many actors and comedians among its notable residents. Among them are Nick Berry, Alan Davies, Griff Rhys Jones, Jessie Wallace and Bradley Walsh. It is also home to ex-England and Tottenham Star, Glen Hoddle and is proud to have had Winston Churchill as its member of Parliament from 1924-1945.