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The Lee Conservancy Catchment Board was established under the Land Drainage Act 1930 and was a body distinct and separate from the Lee Conservancy Board. It was responsible for functions of the Lee Conservancy Board relating to water supply, fisheries, pollution and drainage.


Leyton Prefabs Bungalow Town, shack no.120, Lea Bridge Gardens. A self built community of 69 shacks, with wells, earth closets, and a wooden mission church at Lea Bridge Gardens. The occupants reared ducks and grew vegetables. The town was demolished in the 1930s.


Clapton Federation Synagogue at 47 Lea Bridge Road (formerly Sha’are Shomayim or Clapton Synagogue and Tamud Torah) constructed in a cinematic art deco style to a design by Marcus K Glass but demolished in 2006 in the face of attempts to have it listed[1]. The entrance gates incorporating an abstract menorah design survive. Based in Newcastle, Glass’s Ryhope Road Synagogue in Sunderland which Pevsner describes as ‘vigorous and decorative’ is listed Grade II.[2]


An on-going property dispute with Lady Amherst restricted Clapton Orient’s plans for growth (the stadium was deemed as unsafe for spectators due to a complaint over perimeter fencing which meant that pitch invasion frequently occurred). The Club moved from the Millfields Road ground to Brisbane Road, becoming Leyton Orient.[3]


On its establishment, the Lee Conservancy Catchment Board obtained parliamentary sanction for major improvement in the flood protection works including a new channel from Tottenham to below the filter beds of the Metropolitan Water Board atLeaBridge. The scheme was deferred owing to the war.[4]


Lea Bridge Trolleybus Depot in 1959 (Marcus Eavis)


Lea Conservancy Catchment Board developed a plan to alleviate flooding in the Lea Valley.


Conversion of the tramways to trolley bus working was completed in 1939.[5]


The blitz.Expore the London Blitz and see where the bombs fell around Lea Bridge

1941 Jane's All The World's Aircraft (1941) records the Lea Bridge Rubber Works Limited produced balloons, possibly barrage balloons.



During the Second World War, Lea Bridge Enterprises staff worked on Barrage Balloons, Air Sea Rescue Equipment and Parachutes.


To cope with the urgent shortage of housing after the air raids of the Second World War, the government co-ordinated construction and installation of ‘prefabs’ (bungalows assembled on site from factory-made sections). Bungalow-style dwellings ‘for 10 years use’, were erected at ‘Porters Shoot’ on the Marshes off Lea Bridge Road.[6]


[1] Synagogues at risk. Report based on the findings of a survey carried out by Jewish Heritage UK. June 2010

[2] The Independent. 17 November 2006

[3] A History of the County of Essex: Volume 6: Leyton: Introduction, pp. 174-184. W. R.Powell (Editor). 1973

[4] A History of the County of Essex: Problems of Public Administration

[5] A History of the County of Essex: Volume 6: Leyton: Introduction, pp. 174-184, Fn 163. W.R. Powell (Editor). 1973

[6] Leyton Town Guide. 1964

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