Lea Bridge: from Black Marsh to Gleaming Towers
Claire gave her talk using the Zoom virtual meeting system, hosted by The Waltham Forest History and Heritage Network. You can see a recording of her talk, with the following questions and answers (extraneous passages edited out) on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bV8etUBqijQ Claire is an extraordinary researcher, uncovering aspects of our past that have been unsuspected. She put great effort into providing a series of illuminating illustrations to accompany her thought-provoking talk. The fullest account of Claire Weiss’s (ongoing) research is in this article: ‘Leabridge Farm and the Black Marsh Silk: a first history’
Claire Weiss gives an update on how a remote mediaeval farm on Lea Marshes which for centuries supplied produce for London, was affected by the eighteenth-century Lea Bridge Turnpike, the nineteenth-century railway station, the waterworks and gasworks, and twentieth-century urban sprawl. She traces the transformation of the site from crop-growing and horticulture through an artisan period of silk-dyeing culminating in a century-long period as an industrial and commercial site, ultimately transforming from 2016 into Leyton’s newest entity: the ‘Lea Bridge Town Centre’.