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Horse & Groom


The Horse & Groom was situated on Lea Bridge Road. This pub was situated by the River Lea ferry which ran before the development of Lea Bridge made easier the crossing from Clapton to Leyton.  It was possibly present as early as 1630 and may well have traded in its early days as the Ferry House Inn.  The bridge was built in 1757, making the old ferry redundant, and by 1802 the name Horse & Groom had been adopted.  With no ferry business to sustain it, the pub had by then switched to running a fishery, with an annual season ticket available for 10/-6d.  Riverside gardens were also developed by the 1820s.  The river became polluted and fishing a less-likely diversion in the area, and the pub closed in 1860 to make way for a new reservoir.

Source: Stephen Harris

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