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the history of Leyton and Leytonstone
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A new landscape was created that was secular and therefore non-denominational.
Local government wanted its presence noticed, though Leyton’s multi-centred character limited the impact. Hackney obtained its first town hall in 1802 (by the parish church tower, later a bank 1), and a larger one in Mare Street in 1837. West Ham got a landmark Town Hall at Stratford Broadway in 1868. Poplar opened local government offices in 1870 (on the corner of Woodstock Terrace), Bromley by Bow and Limehouse in 1871. Walthamstow’s first Town Hall, in Orford Road, opened in 1876.
the urban landscape
The local authority area of Leyton had always had a number of centres within it, and this diffuse character was increased when housing covered the area. The Tottenham and Forest Gate Railway Company (now the Barking to Gospel Oak line) built stations on the two High Roads away from existing centres, and the train service started in 1894. The location of the stations remains anomalous.