"The town has little that, in itself, is attractive."
Besides the old-established cornmills, distilleries, breweries, chemical and dye-works by the Lea, there are now extensive engineering establishments, printworks, jute spinning mills, manufactories of vestas and matches, printing ink, aniline colour, varnish, soap and candle factories, oil, grease, creosote, bone-boiling, paraffin, coprolite, nitro-phosphate, guano, and other artificial manure and gas and tar works, and a variety more of an equally unfragrant character.
But at the northern end of the town, from the Broadway, where the roads diverge, there are still green spaces, roads lined with trees, and good private residences.
The town itself has little that is attractive, beyond the churches, the Town Hall ...
There are several other Stratfords in GB, the most famous of which is Stratford-Upon-Avon, home of Bardic Bill Shakespeare, ...
As they say on TV, "Other Stratfords are available". So, there's Stratford Castle and Stratford Tony in Wiltshire, Stratford St Andrew and Stratford St Mary in Suffolk and just plain Stratford in Bedfordshire and Worcestershire.
But tomorrow we are back in London's Stratford, soon to become world famous as the 2012 Olympic venue.
Next blog : Wednesday September 14th