The local history society for the Leyton & Leytonstone area of east London

Site update history

Claire Weiss gave our Society’s online talks a fantastic start in December. You can hear and see her here  or by searching YouTube for Leyton & Leytonstone Historical Society. She tells us about the mulberry tree by Leytonstone House and about another on Wanstead golf course.

Photo by Karl Weiss

on 20th January Les Capon told our Society about his work as an archaeologist at Eastcote Manor Gardens, partly on the site of an Eastcote House which was there from 1350 to 1965.  This was a Community Archaeology Excavation. People aged 5 to 90 joined in for a Heritage Lottery Fund project from 2012 to 2017.You can hear and see him here or by searching YouTube for Leyton & Leytonstone Historical Society.

Past Online Talks :

On 17th March our Society was given a presentation about “Gulielma Lister (1860-1949) –The Queen of Slime Moulds” by Dr Patricia Fara – Science Historian, Emeritus Fellow of Clare College, Cambridge, Frances M Lynch – Singer and Composer, Electric Voice Theatre and Dr Gothamie Weerakoon – Senior Curator of Lichens and Slime Moulds at the Natural History Museum, London

You can see and hear this on YouTube

(Gulielma Lister was born in 1860 in Sycamore House, 881 High Road, Leytonstone. Her later years were also spent at Sycamore House, demolished in 1976. The Welsh Church now stands on the site. “Gulielma's real hunting-grounds were Epping Forest and the region around Lyme Regis” (ODNB))

A bit more information here

Forthcoming Online Talks :

Eastbury Manor House, a remarkable Tudor survivor

On Wednesday 19th May at 7.45 pm Pat and Barbara Elliott will tell the story of how Eastbury came to be saved by the Society for the Preservation of Ancient Buildings and the National Trust after nearly being demolished in the First World War. This talk can only be watched at the time it is given live.  If interested, ask to be put on the email list for the ‘Zoom’ link.

On Wednesday 16th June at 7.45 pm Mark  Carroll will give us, through ‘Zoom’, a talk about ‘Baby Farming’.   "Baby farmers were Victorian foster parents, the more unscrupulous of whom pocketed the fee and then murdered their young charges. One positive outcome of this brutal practice was Parliamentary legislation that helped improve standards of child protection in the 20th century."