It was established in 1876 as the Walthamstow and Leyton Guardian and kept that title until 1952, when it was renamed simply Guardian. In 1960 it became the Walthamstow Guardian, then the Walthamstow & Waltham Forest Guardian in 1965. Two years later it became the Walthamstow & Waltham Forest Guardian & Gazette, then from 1972 to 1981 it was the Walthamstow & Waltham Forest Guardian & Independent, although it dropped the Walthamstow & in 1978. Since 1981 it’s gone by its current title.
It’s published by Newsquest (London) as part of their Guardian series covering East London and West Essex, together with the Wanstead and Woodford Guardian, the Epping Forest Guardian and, since June 2011, the Chingford Guardian. There’s also an associated freesheet newspaper: the Waltham Forest Independent. All share editorial offices in Epping.
It comes out on Thursdays. A free e-edition is also available on the website, though you have to register for it.