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Family histories

Family & community histories

The fascinating stories of local people and communities have been gathered together in a series of websites. Here are a few to explore.

We would be delighted to add more links to other sites, or to publish local recollections and memoirs. If there are images you would be happy to give permission for us to insert next to the text below (suitably credited) please contact us with details.

The Radley family & their boathouse businesses along the Lea

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Click here to read the story of the Radley boat building family(opens a new page).

John Green & family

The Green family moved to Lea Bridge in the 1840's. John Green and John Hammond were a boat builders and also hired out boats. There a lurid tales of drowning and rescues.The site tells a fascinating tale of the deteriorating state of the Lea in the later nineteenth century.More

John Hammond & family

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The Walker Family 'Tales of the Old East End'

The Walker family lives at Middlesex Wharf, Lea Bridge.This site shares tales of knees up at the Kings Head Pub, the Lea Bridge Fair, and the great fire at Lathams Timber Yard.

There are wonderful tales of local characters such as Tex Withers 'The Clapton Cowboy' and Janey Pepper'ole

Click here to read the Walker family's story'Tales of the Old East End'from the beginning.

The Road to Jeremys Ferry

This is an oral history project that ranges widely across personal histories and events. More (links to a PDF for download).

Across the Divide, Voices from the Heart of Leyton

Across the Divide - Voices from the Heart of Leyton was an innovative community based and community led project which aimed to discover heritage within the local community of Leyton and Leytonstone, and to build new relationships between people of different generations and cultures. More

There is a short movie or documentary of the project that appear to have been taken off-line. We wuld be delighted to make this available on line again, if any one knows where the file and the copyright sits?

Leyton Orient Football Club

The site tells the story of the Club through a series of articles .More

Brothers in arms tells the story of the Orient players killed in the Great War. The origins of the club from a theological college.

Sqn. Ldr. A.Garretts MBE ('Cockney Kid to Squadron Leader')

Stories of Lea Bridge in war time from the 'odd job man' . Tales of a first floor machine gun postwithin the Prince (now Princess) of Wales Pub, the Lathams Yard fire, the Hackney Home Guard, and hunting down a possible German parachutist in the darkness of the Marshes.

Garrett later piloted aircraft on Berlin airlift missions.Garretts was awarded the MBE in 1963.

Hackney and Leyton Sunday Football League

The league has been running since 1946 at Hackney Marshes and is one of the most widely recognised grassroots football leagues in the UK. More

Lea Bridge Enterprises/Engineering (Bata)


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

In 1946 they sub-contracted to the British Bata Shoe Company sewing textile and leather uppers for shoes. More on Bata at Lea Bridge. More on Lea Bridge Industries or Engineering.

William and James Brown

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William Sidney and Annie (nee Green) Dear

Sidney owners a parcel of land at Lea Bridge and developed a laundry with drying grounds south of Lea Dock, later. More.

Annie was the daughter of local boat builder John and Jane Green (see above).

Walthamstow Memories

This website is dedicated to recording the memories of those who were born, arrived, lived, worked or died in Walthamstow, formerly an Urban District, then a Municipal Borough in Essex, now part of the London Borough of Waltham Forest. More.

There is a photo galleryand also a section on old maps.

leabridge.org.uk December 2012