Local historians believe this road, which followed the boundary of the Walthamstow Slip on one side and cutting across the Slip to follow the boundary on the other side, may have had a number of previous names including Green Leave Lane, Nightingale Lane and Snow’s Lane. However it settled on Skeltons Lane after a local blacksmith whose forge was at the corner of the High Road from the late 18thCentury, Richard Skelton. The Skelton family remained in the area and became veterinary surgeons. The name of the street was extended in 1965 to a spur approximating to one end of the former Shelley Road. It has also been spelt Skelton Lane and Skelton’s Lane.
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