High Beach (High Beech)

Epping Forest, England

Usually spelt as 'High Beach' but sometimes as 'High Beech'.

Our High Beach Church postcards are on a separate page

Epping Forest, Kings Oak Hotel
Raphael Tuck and Sons "Oilette" postcard 7399, post marked 26 October 1907 from Florrie to Miss S Good, 16 Kings Head Street, Harwick, Essex

Printed on the back of the card: King's Oak Hotel. The finest part of Epping Forest is High Beech, where are found the famous Epping Beeches. Here Tennyson once lived and wrote several of his works. The hotel is one of the largest in the forest and, being situated so happily, is a favourite centre for the many trippers who throng the forest on Saturdays and Sundays. The family firm belonging to the nearby 'Websters of Ashleigh' was involved in the production of Tuck's postcards.

High Beach, Epping Forrest
An unused and undated postcard, 6879/71613 produced by Bells' Photo Co. Ltd., Westcliff-on-Sea

A distant view of a horse and cart travelling through Epping Forest, Essex at High Beach.

Epping Forest; High Beach. King Harold's Oak & Queen Victoria's Oak Planted 1882.
An unused F Frith & Co Postcard, about 1910.

No information has been found about King Harold's Oak, which is presumably the stump on the left. The King's Oak Hotel may be named after this tree. A Scarlet Oak (Quercus coccinea) was planted in the same area to commemorate the visit of Queen Victoria to Chingford and High Beech (High Beach) on 6 May 1882.

Kings Oak Hotel - High Beech.
Postcard, post marked June 1904. Addressed to Miss Wigg, Flower Dept, D H Evans & Co, Oxford St, W.

The King's Oak Hotel seems to have been built in 1884. George Louis (Georg Ludwig) Gumprecht was the proprietor from 1887 to 1908. It seems D H Evans of Oxford Street, London is now a part of the House of Fraser.

King's Oak Hotel. High Beech. 39416 JY
Postcard, post marked 1 June 1909. Addressed to Mrs Yardley, 20 Hertslet Rd, Holloway, London N; probably from Bert. A Valentine's Series postcard.

Another postcard of the King's Oak. The sign above the gates reads: Entrance to Epping Forest Cycle Track. Was this a bicycle track that preceded the High Beach Speedway that opened in 1928?

1016.   High Beech. Epping Forest.
Unused undated 'TIC' Postcard

Epping Forest.    3307. View at High Beech
From unused and undated (may be about 1925) Souvenir Letter-Card of Epping Forest, printed and published by J Salmon Ltd Art Publishers Sevenoaks, England.