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the history of Leyton and Leytonstone
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Famous people who came from our area
Shirley Stringer, born 1932, grew up in a Warner maisonette near the Lea Bridge Gas Works (photo above left). Her father worked at Shoreditch in the same hardware firm for which his father had worked. Shirley had a talent for journalism. Her interview of the carpet manufacturer Cyril Lord led to each leaving a marriage. Shirley in her new relationship was then able to socialise with the glamorous, the wealthy and the famous, and she gave her recollections of the Leyton area a sourness worse than it deserved : “the gasometer, leering insultingly over our garden wall”, “our long grey street”, “the Savoy, a cinema which had a sharp distinctive smell of old celluloid and melting chocolates”. She did not mention the handsome 18th c design of Chestnut House in Hoe Street but remembered that it had once been a lunatic asylum. 1