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Roman & pre-roman

Bronze Age

A hoard of spearheads was found near Lea Bridge Road in 1885 during the digging of a well at the pumping station.


Roman sarcophagus found at Clapton in 1867. © Museum of London Click to enlarge (opens in a new window)


The section of Lea Bridge Road from Whipps Cross to Knotts Green may follow the route of a Roman road. A Roman river crossing here is ‘probably’[1], the western end of a road to Dunmow in Essex, certainly plausible. Another possible route for this is via Marsh Lane and Temple Mills to the south.[2] The northern boundary of Leyton, shared with Walthamstow, ran straight for three miles from forest to river, by Forest Rise to Whipps Cross, along Chestnut Walk (now part of Lea Bridge Road), then on the line of the modern Boundary Road to Mark House, and on to the river near Mount Wharf. However, a suggestion that this long straight boundary may coincide with the line of a former Roman road has not been confirmed by archaeological evidence.[3]

Roman sarcophagus was found at Clapton in 1867, exibited at the Museum of London. A coin of Gallienus (AD253–68) was found nearby.

Other Roman finds unexplained by structural remains include coins in an urn (with articles of a later date) at Temple Mills and stone coffins at Upper Clapton.[4]


[1] Roman Roads in Britain, Volume 1 South of the Foss Way – Bristol Channel, London. I.D.Margary. 1955

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

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

[4]'Hackney: Settlement and Building to c.1800', A History of the County of Middlesex: Volume 10: Hackney', pp. 10-14. 1995

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