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people coming and going

A higher proportion of Leyton residents had moved into the area than almost anywhere else, though this was true also of its neighbours West and East Ham, Walthamstow and Edmonton.  An unusually high proportion of people were also leaving Leyton 2 .  When new the houses were desirable to those in more cramped accommodation nearer the centre of London.  Leyton had represented improvement in lifestyle and status, but those doing well financially would be tempted to move to a yet more desirable area, social ‘ladder-climbing’.  Effectively a new town, Leyton had few inhabitants with deep roots.  (This was also the period when more people were leaving the area covered by the London County Council than moving to it 3.)

2  1911 Census Vol IX Table VI

the later Victorian and Edwardian times 1890 to 1919

the people who lived in Leyton and Leytonstone

3  Jerry White ‘London in the Twentieth Century, A City and Its People’ quoting the 1901 census section on the County of London

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