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the later Victorian and Edwardian times 1890 to 1919

Radical politics

The working-class community was created at the St James Street end of Walthamstow, using cheap trains to Liverpool Street Station, which supported a strong Radical political movement headed by James Joseph McSheedy 8.  Leyton’s equivalent around Harrow Green in contrast was notable for the strength of its high Anglican churches, Holy Trinity and St Margaret of St Antioch.  

8  Neil Houghton ‘London-over-the-border: Politics in Suburban Walthamstow, 1870-1914’ in London Politics, 1760–1914 edited by Matthew Cragoe and Antony Taylor

Whipps Cross towers

More radical politics came from West Ham where a majority of the Board of Guardians of the Poor might favour generous public expenditure, a preference given provocative physical form in the glorious Infirmary at Whipps Cross.

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