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Railways 1837

Leyton Marsh divided

Local residents had strongly resisted the encroachments onto the Lammas Lands of the railway companies who from 1837 put in a main line from the new Liverpool Street Station up to Cambridge. This effectively separated Marsh Lane Fields from the rest of Leyton Marshes just as the Lea Bridge Toll Road had cut Leyton Marshes in half several decades earlier. Holders of Lammas Strips were paid compensation under the 1837 Railways Act (which lists all their names) and the parishioners, who had grazing rights, appointed Committees to negotiate compensation on their behalf with the railway companies.

leabridge.org.uk December 2012