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History of Leyton

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Gloria Brockwell (nee Thorne) : my heart is still very much in my roots in Leytonstone although I haven't been back for a while and understand that it has changed quite a bit from the area I knew.

I was born at No.15 Holloway Road in 1943 where I stayed until I married in 1964 at the Methodist Church Leytonstone High Road, my reception being held in the Holy Trinity Church, Birkbeck Road. I used to bath / swim at Cathall Road Baths and attend the Welcome Mission Sunday School and Girl Guides. Mayville Road was my first school, Goodall being my second, both now demolished. Belonged to the Rex Cinema ABC Minors and went to the Rialto and Academy Cinemas, avoided the State if I could !   I can just recall going on a tram to Bow when very young and also remember the trolley buses (I think the 661 ?) running past Harrow Green, often coming off their rails and having to stop and relocate them with a pole.

When I married I moved from Leytonstone to Windsor Road, Leyton and then to Dunedin Road, Leyton, near the Leyton Football Ground, Ruckholt Manor School and Coronation Gardens.

Holloway Road

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Holloway Road was first occupied some time in 1870 or 1871.  It was on land that belonged to Holywell Priory, a nunnery in Shoreditch.  Most of the street was demolished in the 1960s construction of the Cathall Council housing estate.