Map of the past
Upper Edmonton was very different two hundred years ago. Then, the river Lea ran along its eastern edge. The river formed the boundary between the counties of Middlesex and Essex. You could sail north as far as Ware and south to the Thames at Canning Town.
Getting around town
If you preferred to travel by road, Fore Street took you to the City of London. By the early 1800s coaches left Bishopsgate every hour. Fashionable commuters built fine houses with iron gates at Upper Edmonton. The Angel Inn served traffic passing north towards Hertfordshire. Wier Hall, west of Fore Street, stood at the west end of modern-day Silver Street.
New and accurate map
This section is from 'A New and Accurate Map of the Country Twenty-Five Miles Round London'. It shows 'His Majesty's Palaces, Noblemen and Gentlemen's Seats, Cities, Market Towns, Villages, Churches, Cottages, Rivers, Mills, Parks, Woods, Heaths and Remarkable Hills'. The map was drawn in 1777 by a land surveyor called John Andrew. The scale is 7/8 inch : 1 mile.
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