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Approach & method

Approach & method

Following a desk-top study, the following chronology has been compiled which draws together available references, mainly secondary sources, according to the following inter-related themes:

  • River Lea and the marshes of Leyton, Walthamstow and Hackney;
  • Lea Bridge Road;
  • Bridges, ferries and fords across the Lea in this area;
  • William Hurst Ashpitel and his son, Arthur Ashpitel;
  • East London Waterworks and earlier water drawing infrastructure (reservoirs, etc.);
  • Ship Aground public house and the adjoining school house.;
  • The hamlet of Lea Bridge;
  • The Dock (Ashpitel’s Dock, Lea Bridge Dock, Paradise Dock).
  • North and South Millfields.
  • Religious life in Hackney associated with Lea Bridge area;
  • The watermill at Millfields.
  • Buildings and sites immediately adjoining Millfields, including Beecholme Estate and the Wattisfield Road Almshouses;
  • Leyton (formerly Clapton) Orient Football Club.

As this is a desktop study, we cannot confirm the accuracy of the references: some may have already been found to be inaccurate or rejected completely by more recent evidence. This may only come to light as more research is undertaken and after wider consultation with all those with an interest in the area’s heritage.

Recollections, comments, contributions and corrections

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leabridge.org.uk December 2012