14 Facts About Leyton


Leyton is a town in east London, England, within the London Borough of Waltham Forest.

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The area includes New Spitalfields Market, Leyton Orient Football Club, as well as part of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

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In 1965, the Municipal Borough of Leyton was abolished and was combined with that of Walthamstow and Chingford to form the London Borough of Waltham Forest, within the new county of Greater London.

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However, not all the green spaces were lost, 200 acres of Epping Forest within Leyton's borders were preserved by the Epping Forest Act 1878.

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In 1905, the "Lammas land", common pasture land on Leyton Marshes, was purchased by the council for use as a recreation ground.

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Leyton is in the Lower Lea Valley, the river forming its western boundary.

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Leyton is partially bisected by the A12, with most of the district lying on the north-west side of this busy traffic artery through east London.

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Major focal point in the centre of Leyton is Coronation Gardens, a park built in 1902 to commemorate the coronation that year of King Edward VII.

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Leyton's skyline is comparatively low-rise compared to other districts of east London.

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Town is the home to the football club, Leyton Orient F C, viewed by many residents as one of the most important parts of Leyton's identity.

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Leyton FC amalgamated with Walthamstow Pennant FC, in 1995 and renamed as Leyton Pennant FC.

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Leyton has a cricket pitch and pavilion, which was the former home of Essex County Cricket Club.

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Leyton has a number of secondary schools, including George Mitchell School, Lammas School and Norlington School.

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Leyton is on the Central line of London Underground, with the station located at the southern end of the High Road.

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