Leytonstone Lockdown Walk

I’m really enjoying the challenge of digging deeper into my local area for my lockdown walks. For this video I only cover a short section of Leytonstone High Road and yet it was so rich in resonances and associations. It starts with the ghosts of the M11 Link Road protests in Dyers Hall Road in the early 1990’s. Then passes the rubble of the much-loved 491 Gallery, now being very slowly transformed into a block of flats with a beautiful view of the A12/M11 Link Road. Passing on to Leytonstone High we face another development of flats built on the site of Lincolns Pub, but which YouTube comments have informed me was better known to locals in its previous incarnation as The Elms.

We acknowledge Marnie Court, named in honour of Leytonstone’s famous son Alfred Hitchcock, born further down the High Road. The turning point in the walk is the former State Cinema on Leytonstone High Road, now a banqueting venue. From here we turn back along the High Road then into Trinity Close which once would have led us to the ground of Leytonstone FC at Granleigh Road. Leytonstone were a very successful non-league football club, multiple winners of the Isthmian League and the FA Trophy. The ground is now a housing estate.

Leytonstone lockdown walk

The traffic on Leytonstone High Road was still a relatively busy. Scooters buzz away from Yard Sale Pizza. There were more pedestrians at points on this particular day, Friday 17th April around 5pm, than I anticipated, despite very few shops being open (only food shops and chemists).

It was sad to the see the Red Lion closed, chairs on tables, and the shutters down on the Luna Lounge. When will we be back supping a pint of ale and listening to live music at Luna?


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7 Comments

  1. Russell   •  

    Really enjoying your book via Audible – not what I expected.

    • JohnR   •     Author

      Great to hear Russell

  2. Darren   •  

    Another fascinating walk that allows me to explore from the comfort of my chair.
    I’m looking forward to the next one, wherever it may take you/me/us!
    Stay safe.

    • JohnR   •     Author

      Thanks Darren

  3. Rachael   •  

    I really enjoyed your video I moved to leytonstone 3 years ago and you have given me a history lesson thank you

  4. anthony keating   •  

    hello I was born at the hackney mothers home 1950 lived in capworth st. till1961 then mornington rd till 1973 now near Colchester thank you so much for your local walks it was the ritz cinema rear of bearmans also Fleetwood mac& the nice aka elp playd over the red lion late 60s many happy memories of teenage dances you used to access the ballroom via the door you showed best wishes tony …

    • JohnR   •     Author

      Thanks for sharing those memories Tony

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