When Smarts Lane was considered to be Loughton’s poorest street

Above is a picture of Smarts Lane, Loughton c1905.

The Carpenters Arms in the background is recorded as serving beer from 1881.

The Lane was considered to be the poorest street in Loughton back then but many of the buildings survive to this day at a premium to house buyers.

This Is Local London: How the road looks today.How the road looks today. (Image: Gary Stone)

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