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 Saturday, June 27, 2020

Last week, when I wrote about different places called Bow, a reader chipped in to say...
But what about Bow St E15?
Given its age, it seems strange that it does not lead to Bow.
It may be a good place for lockdown (or up) exercise!
I happened to be in the area midweek, walking home from Wanstead Flats, so I dropped by.

Bow Street is not a place, it is a street.
It's in Maryland, just off Leytonstone Road, near the Tesco Express.
It's of Victorian origin.

Bow Street is an insignificant backstreet less than 100 metres long.
It was not named after Bow (which is two miles distant).
The neighbouring street used to be called Arrow Street.

Originally Bow Street had a dozen terraced houses on either side.
None of these remain.

Once there was a pub on the corner, which then became a car repair centre, which was demolished in 2016, which then became nine flats, but these are officially on Leytonstone Road not Bow Street so they don't count.

The rest of the north side of the road is taken up by 23 one-bedroom retirement flats (built in 1960) plus a caretaker's bungalow. These have minimal architectural merit. The south side of the road is occupied by St Francis' Catholic Primary School.

With a playground on one side of the road and sheltered housing on the other, Bow Street is woefully unsuitable for lockdown exercise.

Thank you for all your suggestions regarding interesting places to feature on the blog.

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