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. > … is an outline history of Leyton written by me, David Boote.  I hope those who read it disagree with it.  Definitive history this is not.  There are more questions than answers.  There are huge gaps.  In some ways this is a pile of empty boxes waiting to be filled.  You are invited to correct mistakes and offer alternative views.  The judgements made and opinions expressed are mine unless stated otherwise, and are personal to me and not representative of Leyton & Leytonstone Historical Society.

The section of the Victoria County History on Leyton remains the authority for the local history of the area.  It is packed with hard facts, very carefully researched.  I have not carried out the immense work needed to verify its accuracy and do not believe there is a need to do so.  If my present work has any value, it will be to give readers an introduction to the past of our locality, and to suggest aspects which it would be interesting to look into more deeply.

A couple of themes shape . > …  One is a person’s sense of identity.  The other is the identity of Leyton and Leytonstone as expressed in the man-made landscape.

This is not an academic work.  References to sources are given not as the most authoritative, but the one from which a statement has been taken and against which a different statement may be measured.


To the extent that this summary of the history of Leyton and Leytonstone is original work, rather than repeating facts or based on the research of others, it has been written by David Boote.  Unless stated otherwise the photos were taken by David Boote.  Any part of the history and any of his photos may be made available to others, directly or indirectly, but only on the strict condition that his authorship is acknowledged in any subsequent copy made of the text or photos.  

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