Lea Bridge Road

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For the neighbouring area in Hackney, see Lea Bridge.
Thomas Hosmer Shepherd's 1834 watercolour sketch of the old Lea Bridge, built in 1820

Lea Bridge Road is a major through route in North East London, across the Lea Valley from Clapton to Whipps Cross in Leyton. It forms part of the A104 road.

Places served on the road are the Lea Valley Park, Lea Bridge railway station (closed in 1985, but due to reopen in 2014) and the Baker's Arms area. Formerly the Lea Bridge Stadium was located along Lea Bridge Road, and served as a home for Leyton Orient and later a speedway team.

History[edit]

The road takes its name from Lea Bridge, which crosses the River Lea at Leyton Marshes. The first bridge over the river at this point was built in 1745 to replace a ferry; at the same time, the name Lea Bridge Road was adopted for an existing lane previously called Mill Field Lane.[1]

Transport[edit]

A number 56 bus on Lea Bridge Road at the Baker's Arms junction

Bus routes passing along Lea Bridge Road are 20, 48, 55, 56, 69, 230, 257, 357, N38, N55, W16 and W19.[2]

London Cycle Network Route 9 utilises Lea Bridge Road; it connects Epping, Chingford and Walthamstow with Hackney and the City of London.[3]

The currently closed Lea Bridge railway station, on the north side of Lea Bridge Road near the junction with Argall Way/Orient Way, is due to reopen in 2014. The station is between Stratford and Tottenham Hale stations on the Lea Valley Lines.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Baker, T F T (editor), 1995, A History of the County of Middlesex: Volume 10: Hackney (pp. 4-10). Date accessed: 9 December 2013
  2. ^ Transport for London - Buses from Lea Bridge Road. Date accessed: 9 December 2013
  3. ^ "Currently issued and used LCN Route Numbering and Destinations". LCN+ Maps Website. London Cycle Network. Retrieved 6 June 2013. 

Coordinates: 51°33′38″N 0°03′00″W / 51.56043°N 0.04994°W / 51.56043; -0.04994