Last Alteration: Sunday 07 April 2013

Lee Valley Ice Centre

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51°33'48"-00°02'38" show decimal

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Lee Valley Ice Centre
Leyton, London, E10 7QL

Built on the southern end of Walthamstow Marshes at Lea Bridge Road, Lee Valley Ice Centre was officially opened by ice skating champions Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean in January 1984. The international-sized ice rink is regularly used for training, including celebrities engaged upon the ITV [i]Dancing on Ice[/i] competitions. The centre has a Highly Commended QUEST accreditation.

Outside, circuses have continued to perform on the grounds beside the centre.

How to get here:

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Underground (Victoria)/Rail: Walthamstow Central - Exit the station to the bus station, and catch the number 48 bus (towards London Bridge). The bus will stop outside the Ice Centre on Lea Bridge Road (stop LB). +

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Bus: Lea Bridge Road Bus Map - The Ice Centre is at stops LB and LQ, and is served by the 48, 55 and 56 bus routes. +

 

Access: publicStatus: recognisableCar Park

Photo

«prev photo next photo»Photograph taken: 24th July 2012 by Chuck Foster

"All of the warehouses have now been demolished, with the land in the process of being redeveloped."

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Terror of the Autons (2)
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Filmed: 18 Sep 1970
The Doctor warily makes his way around the circus.

 

Additional Notes:

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The smaller warehouse in the background was demolished during the 1990s.

 

Access: publicStatus: recognisableFront

Photo

«prev photo next photo»Photograph taken: 24th July 2012 by Chuck Foster

"A new structure is on the fields now."

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Terror of the Autons (2)
Screen Shot
Filmed: 18 Sep 1970
The Doctor and Jo are driven away from the circus in a police car ...

 

Additional Notes:

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This area used to be gravel-based for parking, as seen in the screen shot. When the Ice Centre was built this area became grassland, leading into the remaining playing fields behind the Centre.

Additional locations as the crow flies:

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5-11 Georges Road (Spearhead from Space): 3.03 miles.

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Gladwell Road (The Idiot's Lantern): 3.29 miles.

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The Church Studios: 3.56 miles.

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New Union Street (Invasion of the Dinosaurs): 3.65 miles.

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Moorfields (Invasion of the Dinosaurs): 3.67 miles.

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Moor Lane (The Invasion): 3.71 miles.

General Details:

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This site holds a special memory for me, as being local I remember being taken to see the circus here in the early 1970s, and also meeting Tom Baker at a local fair held on the playing fields just after he'd started in the show!

Further links about the location:

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Lee Valley Park - Details about the ice rink

Related Stories

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Terror of the Autons [18 Sep 1970]: Rossini's circus

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