It’s got a lot of potential, Leytonstone High Road, and it’s about to get two million quid’s worth of ‘improvements’. I’ve no doubt that this will amount to the railway bridge getting a touch-up and loads of new signs telling us how great our local council are.
My favourite building on the High Road has always been the Cuthbert-Dibble-and-Grubb fire station, now available as this marvellous tabletop version from Kingsway Models, just one of a range of unashamedly nostalgic card kits, which also includes Ferodo bridges, Great Yarmouth bus garage, Chadwell Heath Odeon and even Walford East Tube Station.
It won’t be like this much longer, though – the fire station is no longer considered fit for 21st century purposes and is to be largely replaced by a ‘predominantly glazed’ building (it says here). I’m sure that’ll look just lovely.