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the history of Leyton and Leytonstone
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From May 1911 the Great Eastern Railway Company was required to sell a cheap ‘workman’s’ 4d fare from Leyton and Leytonstone for trains arriving in London before 8am. This was a victory for the London County Council and a defeat for a petition signed by 1,751 residents of Leytonstone opposing the idea as it “would increase the rates besides utterly spoiling the neighbourhood from a residential point of view” 4. What the petitioners feared was an influx of poor, working-class people, though in fact the small terraced houses offered only limited scope for subdivision into units poorer people could afford.