. > ...

Visit the main website of Leyton & Leytonstone Historical Society

Interwar contents

Section contents

About footnotes in . > ...

Between the World Wars 1919 – 1939

Next (right)

the history of Leyton and Leytonstone

from . dot to … dots – with plenty of spaces

Have your say

Next (right)

Housing (continued)

Even a new house on Belvedere Road in 1928 had only one electric point (in the main room), and a copper and butler’s sink in the small kitchen 6.

6  WFOHW  interview reference number 391

Something of an oddity for London was the area of makeshift homes sometimes called Lea Bridge Gardens, either side of Lea Bridge Road on the marshes side of the station and railway.  ‘Plotlands’ existed near Basildon, Laindon and Pitsea and places in Kent, but were often second homes (as one was later to Leyton writer Lena Kennedy).  The Leyton site horrified a Labour Party local councillor : “there were no toilets at all, they would just dig a hole in the back garden a few yard[s] away, and they would use that by the marshes.  They were terrible places” 3.

3  WFOHW  interview reference number 70

previous page