Snippet from the Leytonstone Arts Trail July 2018

There were many excellent arts events during July in Leytonstone and sadly I was not able to visit them all. However, I would like to share my reflections on one entitled ‘Identity’ held above the Birds pub in Leytonstone High Road. Three artists Ellie Cox, Olmo Ramella and Paolo Ramella contributed works around this theme.

Viewing this exhibition brought to mind the framework or lense through which we visualise and make sense of the world. Very interesting ideas emanate from this concept. Here are some of the pieces that caught my eye.

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To find out more about the exhibition and the artists see

For more on the other exhibitions in Leytonstone in July see

Alfred Hitchcock Society of Leytonstone

Alfred Hitchcock was born above his parents greengrocers shop in Leytonstone High Road in 1899. As a boy he roamed the area noticing the birds of Hollow Ponds and the gothic houses on Whipps Cross Road. Perhaps these experiences provided him with inspiration for later films. The area soon developed a thriving film industry which enabled the young Hitchcock to learn his trade. There are many references to the great film director in Leytonstone if you know where to look. The Jet petrol station has a blue plaque marking the site of his birth, Leytonstone Tube Station contains a series of mosaics depicting scenes from Hitchcock films, there is a mural of birds in Leytonstone High Road, there is a pub/hotel names after him on Whipps Cross Road  

The Alfred Hitchcock Society of Leytonstone is dedicated to celebrating local lad Alfred Hitchcock. It seeks to preserve, promote and progress his legacy and his place of birth. The society sees Hitchcock as an example of what Leytonstone has to offer in terms of arts and culture as a  destination. For more information see the Alfred Hitchcock Society of Leytonstone Facebook Group


The Birds Mural


Sir Alfred Hitchcock Hotel, Whipps Cross Road

Blue Plaques of Leytonstone

Fanny Craddock

Fanny Craddock

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.

Alfred Hitchcock

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

Damon Albarn

Damon Albarn

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’.

David Bailey

David Bailey







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