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Thread #104387   Message #2137399
Posted By: Bert
31-Aug-07 - 12:45 AM
Thread Name: the gay and the grinding
Subject: RE: the gay and the grinding
Nope. The town of Bow got it's name from the bridge.

"In around 1100, Queen Maud, wife of Henry I, commissioned the construction of Bow Bridge – which landed on the western, or London side of the River Lea at Stratford-atte-Bow (now Bow) and on the eastern side at Stratford Langthorne (now Stratford). One of the first arched bridges built in England since the Roman occupation, this bridge was a technological wonder for the period. The original bridge was demolished in 1835, at which time the great Roman Road from Colchester to London was diverted through Stratford."

The name Stratford tells us that originally the Roman road forded the river Lea. Strat being an old version of the word street which was used for Roman Roads.