Hitchcock at work, directing the film Skin Game with Margaret Lockwood and Ingrid Bergman
Possibly the most famous and frightening scene of its time - the shower scene from Psycho (1960). Who can forget that music.
|The Birds (1963)|
Young Alfred sitting on a horse outside his father's greengrocers shop on the High Road, Leytonstone c1906
The buildings close to the station had an art deco look about them so I presume they were built in the 30s and 40s.
This is Leytonstone library on Church lane. Built in 1934 above a Woolworths store and electrical appliance shop, it was awarded Grade II listed status in 2014 for its beautiful art deco interiors. Photos of it were used as propaganda during the war to show how ordinary people could easily access literature, science and philosophy books in public libraries as a contrast to Nazi book burning.
Across the road from the library is the church of St John the Baptist. The church and churchyard were established in 1833 and the churchyard was once filled with 19th C tombstones. Many were destroyed when a landmine fell here in 1940. No-one was injured in the attack but other attacks in this area claimed the lives of 60 people with another 70 seriously injured.
This is the Red Lion on the High Road. This road began as a Roman track from London to Epping forest and became an important route for the long distance coaches, market carts and waggons from the 14th C onwards. There was a pub on this site from 1670 called the Robin Hood later renamed as The Red Lion in 1754. It was rebuilt in 1891 and since then has had a chequered history with various name changes and closures. It reopened as the Red Lion in 2011 and now seems to be a popular eating and drinking establishment.
Just behind the High Road is this group of Georgian Terraced houses erected for the wealthy merchants and businessmen.
Most of the site is now a Tesco superstore as well as a health centre, offices and homes. The main building is used as offices for a chartered accountancy firm. Many of the original buildings remain.
These were the boys cottages
This is looking towards the girls cottages with the building to the right being part of the school.
The back view of the main building.
Leytonstone House is next to the Green Man roundabout which takes its name from a number of inns and pubs on this site. One in particular was a regular stopping off point for Dick Turpin, the Highwayman.
At the other side of the roundabout is the High Stone, a mile marker. The name Leytonstone means the part of Leyton near the stone. This obelisk dates from the 1930s when the original stone was destroyed by a vehicle and had to be replaced. The base is part of the original stone and is thought to be Roman.
Walking back to the station I decided to pop into this book shop/cafe for a sandwich. It was an unexpected surprise. The food was all homemade (including the bread) and delicious.
The walls and ceiling were decorated with posters and other bits and pieces.
A blackboard listed an interesting number of events that were happening this month from book clubs, wine tasting to quizzes.
I returned to the northern entrance of the station which is also a bus terminus. There are two bus stations at Leytonstone tube station, one on each side of the station.This terminus was constructed over the top of the A12 dual carriageway.
Standing in the middle of the bus terminus is this sculpture is called 'Time Terminus' and is made up of three buses from different periods of time.
Although I have now visited 19 stations there are still 30 more to see on this line. I wonder what else there is to discover.