Lea Bridge Road

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Thomas Hosmer Shepherd's 1834 watercolour sketch of the old Lea Bridge, built in 1820

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

Places served on the road are the Lea Valley Park, Lea Bridge railway station 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.


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 second road bridge opened circa 1890 and the present third Lea Bridge Road Bridge was opened during August 1995. The name Lea Bridge Road was adopted for an existing lane previously called Mill Field Lane.[1]


It runs from Clapton north along the western edge of Hackney Marshes thereby forming the border between Hackney and Waltham Forest, until it reaches the junction of Orient Way and Argall Avenue at the eastern edge of Leyton. Entering the London Borough of Waltham Forest, it then runs 0.6 miles through the neighbourhood of Leyton. From the junction with Bakers Arms it runs to the Whipps Cross roundabout where it forms the boundary between Leytonstone and Walthamstow.


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, 308, 357, N38, N55, W15, 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]

Lea Bridge railway station, on the north side of Lea Bridge Road near the junction with Argall Way/Orient Way, actually opened on Sunday 15 May 2016, but officially on Monday 16 May 2016, making it London's newest railway station.The first rail station here Lea Bridge Road opened on 15 Sept 1840, though it was renamed Lea Bridge during 1841, but it was closed on 8 July 1985. m2tHE [4]


  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. Archived from the original on 4 October 2013. Retrieved 6 June 2013. 
  4. ^ "A First Look At London's Newest Railway Station". Retrieved 1 July 2016. [permanent dead link]

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