Lea Bridge Farm

Farm in/near Lea Bridge, existed between the 1750s or before and 1904.

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August
14
2022
Lea Bridge Farm (Leabridge Farm) was originally in the middle of Leyton Marsh.

The farm was half a mile east of the River Lea and a shorter distance west of the Dagenham Brook.

Lea Bridge Farm had originally been called Black Marsh Farm. The River Lea floodplain was fertile but difficult to cross. A local archaeological report identified ’very dark grey sandy clay’. There were two ancient routes - the Black Path and another track from Marsh Lane, used by commoners sending cattle to the marsh Lammas lands for summer grazing.

A third track, the forerunner of the turnpike, reached Black Bridge over Dagenham Brook, near to the later site of the Hare and Hounds Pub.

When the Lea Bridge turnpike road across Leyton Marsh was opened in 1757, its four mile marker was situated opposite the farm gateway. This had prompted the name change.

The crops of Lea Bridge Farm included potatoes, hay and osiers for basket making. There were also plant nurseries. From the mid-19th century, the farm also arranged the dyeing of silk yarn by former East End silk workers.

In 1840, the nearby railway opened, with a station at Lea Bridge. Thirteen years later, the East London Waterworks built an aqueduct to move extracted water from the River Lea at Coppermill to the Essex Filter Beds. This aqueduct is now filled in and used as a cycle and footpath. These were joined by a gas works.

From the 1890s there were further residential and industrial developments to the north and east of Lea Bridge Farm. Its role as one of the last areas of agriculture in Leyton ceased in 1904.

An industrial estate that once stood at 97 Lea Bridge Road on the site was demolished in 2016 and replaced by three white tower blocks.

N.B. This material has been collated from discoveries by local historian Claire Weiss with artwork kindly provided by Lindsay Topping.



Main source: Waltham Forest Echo
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Evie Helen   
Added: 13 Jun 2024 00:03 GMT   

Vicker Road
The road ’Vickers Road’ is numbered rather differently to other roads in the area as it was originally built as housing for the "Vickers" arms factory in the late 1800’s and early 1900s. Most of the houses still retain the original 19th century tiling and drainage outside of the front doors.

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Paul Harris    
Added: 12 Jun 2024 12:54 GMT   

Ellen Place, E1
My mother’s father and his family lived at 31 Ellen Place London E1 have a copy of the 1911 census showing this

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Added: 10 Jun 2024 19:31 GMT   

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Did anyone live at Toll Gate Close, which was built in the area where the baths had been?

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Charles Black   
Added: 24 May 2024 12:54 GMT   

Middle Row, W10
Middle Row was notable for its bus garage, home of the number 7.

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Added: 2 May 2024 16:14 GMT   

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The previous name of Farm Place was Ernest St (no A)

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Tony Whipple   
Added: 16 Apr 2024 21:35 GMT   

Frank Whipple Place, E14
Frank was my great-uncle, I’d often be ’babysat’ by Peggy while Nan and Dad went to the pub. Peggy was a marvel, so full of life. My Dad and Frank didn’t agree on most politics but everyone in the family is proud of him. A genuinely nice, knowledgable bloke. One of a kind.

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Theresa Penney   
Added: 16 Apr 2024 18:08 GMT   

1 Whites Row
My 2 x great grandparents and his family lived here according to the 1841 census. They were Dutch Ashkenazi Jews born in Amsterdam at the beginning of the 19th century but all their children were born in Spitalfields.

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Wendy    
Added: 22 Mar 2024 15:33 GMT   

Polygon Buildings
Following the demolition of the Polygon, and prior to the construction of Oakshott Court in 1974, 4 tenement type blocks of flats were built on the site at Clarendon Sq/Phoenix Rd called Polygon Buildings. These were primarily for people working for the Midland Railway and subsequently British Rail. My family lived for 5 years in Block C in the 1950s. It seems that very few photos exist of these buildings.

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