It was Gus Elen who sang in music hall:
- Oh it really is a very pretty garden
- And Chingford to the eastward could be seen;
- Wiv a ladder and some glasses,
- You could see to 'Ackney Marshes,
- If it wasn't for the 'ouses in between.
in London's East End are part of the
green(ish) Lea Valley which divides east London from north to
south. After infilling with air-raid rubble during the second
world war, the Marshes are now home to 88 pitches used for Sunday
Despite the fact that a Hackney Carriage is a taxi, not a bus,
both have their origins in horsepower, and it was the horses raised
on the Hackney Marshes that gave the cab its name.
The sporting links of the area also covered greyhound racing,
athletics and speedway, but part of the area is now awaiting
redevelopment for the 2012 Olympic Games. Clapton Stadium, to
which bus route 208 was extended several
evenings a week in the years before the war, was replaced by
housing in the 1970s.
Photo © Steve