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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)

the later Victorian and Edwardian times 1890 to 1919

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