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Walthamstow Slip

The Line of the Slip (tow dashed lines ) travelling across the former No.1 Essex Filter Beds to the banks of the Old River Lea(Vestry House Museum)


Walthamstow Slip (Narrow yellow band)




Date or period

1699, or earlier

Current Designation


Archaeological Merit

Potentially high

Walthamstow Slip

Historical Association

The Walthamstow Slip is shown on maps of 1699 cutting straight across fields, regardless of natural boundaries, from the Eagle Pond to the River Lea, just below the modern Lea Bridge.

Its origin is uncertain, though various traditions exist.Variousmyth and legendshave grown up about the origins of the Slip.

Part of a Roman Road was uncovered in the summer of 2004, during the reconstruction of the Beaumont housing estate. The piece uncovered was aligned with one of the boundaries of the “Walthamstow Slip“.

The three mile corridor belonged to Walthamstow parishand divided Leyton into two. The Slip varied in width from about 50 to 100 yards . The land formed a part of Walthamstow Tony Manor.

The boundary of the Slip was the source of a continuing disputes. Boundary markers were deliberately altered in 1723.

The history of the Slip is worded in a paper on Leyton House and the Walthamstow Slip for Leyton and Leytonstone Historical Society (opens a PDF).


Leyton House and the Walthamstow Slip. David Ian Chpaman. Leyton and Leytonstone Historical Sciety.

leabridge.org.uk December 2012