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Air quality

As well as the smell of the gas works (which many people who had lived near the Lea Bridge Gasworks remembered) Perth Road received smells from the ‘Lewco’ wire works, scent manufacturers Potter and Moores (lavender, and welcome), and mercury from the Thermos works 1.


Replacement of horses with motor vehicles and electric trams, and asphalting of streets, will have removed the smell of horse dung that must have previously been strong on hot days.

The swimming baths in Leyton High Road near the Bakers Arms, and the adjacent Woolworths store, were clad in tiles that would resist smoke pollution (though the mortar between the tiles discoloured and spoilt the visual effect).

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