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the history of Leyton and Leytonstone
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Leyton was a landscape of high brick walls : around the mansions, the cricket ground, the Workhouse, and Bethnal Green Boys’ Home.
There was a uniformity of street housing, usually described as ‘dreary’. The streets built between the 1860s and the First World War were almost all two-storey terraces. Exceptions were some ‘villas’ on Vicarage Road, and taller houses at the north-west end of Fillebrook Road, Leytonstone (most of them demolished to construct the dual carriageway A12). Only a small proportion of houses were designed with servants’ quarters.
With the new streets covering almost the whole of the area came street lighting.
the urban landscape (continued)