The first TV chef I remember was the terrifying Fanny Craddock. You have to be of a certain age to know her name as she pioneered the idea that we can eat more interesting food following the period of rationing of the 1940s and early 50s. She was born in Fairlop Road Leytonstone and while there is a blue plaque to commemorate her the original house was demolished years ago.
Probably the most known resident of Leytonstone is film director Sir Alfred Hitchcock.
Hitchcock’s parents had a greengrocers shop in Leytonstone high road in what is now a petrol station. Hitchcock was part of a group of young film makers from London who made films in what was a thriving London film industry.
Blur lead singer and musician Damon Albarn grew up in Fillebrook Road Leytonstone and attended George Tomlinson Primary School. Albarn references local landmarks such as Hollow
Ponds in his music.
Photographer David Bailey was born in Leytonstone and lived in Wallwood Road E11. He was part of the exciting new group of talented people from more humble backgrounds who were able to break through to prominence in the progressive atmosphere of the 1960s. His photography was more naturalistic and less formal than previous fashion photography. He was perhaps the first superstar of photography and very much a part of the ‘swinging sixties’.
If you know of any other WFH blue plaques in Leytonstone please let me know via the comment section below. For a fuller list of Leytonstone notables see here.
By Martin Sepion