Ask three estate agents where one area starts and another area ends and you will get four different answers, depending on the state of the property market.
Until 1965 Leytonstone was part of the Borough of Leyton, in the County of Essex. 1965 saw a major local government reorganisation which set up the Greater London Council and Leyton was merged with the Borough of Walthamstow and Borough of Chingford to become the London Borough of Waltham Forest, and no longer in Essex.
The original boundaries of the Leytonstone parish, which became part of the Borough of Leyton, the massive development of the area particularly at the beginning of the 20th century, and the fact that Leytonstone was never a council administrative area in its own right leaves the definition of exactly where Leytonstone starts and finishes unclear in some parts.
Leytonstone does have some certainty about area boundaries because of the forest, Central line/M11 link road and the London Overground line, however the exact boundaries with Leyton are more open to debate and let us not forget that a very large part of Leytonstone continues south of the London Overground line to Stratford.
For the purposes of this website I have taken Leytonstone to mean the area from Whipps Cross and Upper Leytonstone to Wanstead Flats and going south to the boundary with Stratford. On the Upper Leytonstone side I’ve mainly seen the London Overground line as the boundary with Leyton and included the E11 but not E10 postcodes. But as the E11 postcode goes south of the Overground line, and some people with an E10 postcode may feel closer to Leytonstone than Leyton, I’ve not been too dogmatic. If you think you live, work or associate with a place called ‘Leytonstone’ consider yourself included!
Bushwood and Ferndale
Bushwood lies East of the High Road to Wanstead Flats and down to the London Overground line, though the most southerly roads have their own residents’ association known as Ferndale.
Wanstead Flats from Bushwood
Within the Upper Leytonstone area is the original Upper Leytonstone village clustered around Leytonstone School and St Andrew’s Church, which forms part of the Conservation Area that reaches up to Whipps Cross Road. Read more.
Grove Green Ward lies at the southern end of Upper Leytonstone and the north of Leyton ward, people living in this area would tend to consider themselves as living either in Leytonstone or Leyton. The London Overground line forms a potential boundary for Leyton/Leytonstone to the west of the Central Line, though to the east of the Central Line Leytonstone stretches right down to the boundary with Stratford and the London Borough of Newham at Thatched House.
See: South Leytonstone
Harrow Green is part of Leytonstone and is approximately halfway down the High Road between Leytonstone town centre and the boundary with Stratford. Harrow Green has Leytonstone’s War Memorial and is at the junction with Cathall Road which leads to the leisure centre and is the only road crossing over the Central Line between Leytonstone town centre and Leyton High Road.
See: South Leytonstone
Lea Bridge Road forms the historical boundary between Leytonstone and Walthamstow to the west, but the shops at the top of Whipps Cross Road/Wood Street, although on the Walthamstow side, serve many people on the edge of Leytonstone.
South of Whipps Cross the postcode changes to E10, which is usually considered to be Leyton (though postcode boundaries are defined by Royal Mail and often have little correlation with administrative boundaries).