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4.3 Streetscape

The buildings within the Lea Bridge Conservation Area form a distinctive and coherent piece of townscape. The industrial nature of many of the buildings is softened by the surrounding landscape, with its open green spaces and mature trees. This is especially evident in views into and out of the Conservation Area. The buildings to Lea Bridge Road form a coherent frontage and are largely set back from this busy arterial route. The buildings fronting Lea Bridge Road are seen behind groups of mature trees. This is also true of the buildings within the Conservation Area when viewed from the River Lea. Within and immediately adjacent to the Conservation Area are streets of a much smaller scale to that of Lea Bridge Road, containing small-scale domestic terraces and low industrial buildings. The Conservation Area also contains a number of streets and open spaces which retain their original cobbled surfaces as well as historic boundary markers, along with other street furniture, such as the post box to the end of Hillstowe Street; it is important that these are retained in the future. Also of significance is the line of the former Lea Bridge / Paradise Dock. This is still evident in the open space between the industrial buildings, although it is not known whether the canal lining remains below the surface. This open space and the associated building lines which reflect the line of the former Dock are an important feature of the Lea Bridge Conservation Area.

Figure 18 Historic buildings forming a coherent frontage to Lea Bridge Road

leabridge.org.uk December 2012