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A104

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A104
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From:Islington Green (TQ316835)
To:High Beach, Epping (TQ427994)
Length:13.2 miles (21.2 km)
Meets: A1, A1200, A1199, A105, A10, A1207, A107, A1006, A112, A114, A503, A406, A1199, A1009, A110, A121, A1069, A121
Former Number(s):A11
Highway Authorities

Essex • Hackney • Islington • Redbridge • Waltham Forest

Traditional Counties

Essex • Middlesex

Route outline (key)
A104 Islington Green - Lower Clapton
(A107) Lower Clapton
A104 Lower Clapton - High Beach
Dalston Lane Railway Bridge

One of few roads to make it from central London to green pastures, the A104 runs northeastwards from Islington through the suburbs to Epping Forest.

The road starts on the A1 just north of Angel, Islington, London N1, and runs along Essex Road into Canonbury. It TOTSOs right at traffic lights onto the Balls Pond Road. At this point the A1199 comes in from the left; this is a number we will meet again as the number is a duplicate.

The road continues trough the badlands of Dalston (where it TOTSOs left on the A1207) and Clapton (keep moving...). It cannons off the A107 at a tiny roundabout before meeting it again at traffic lights, after which there is a short multiplex north until the A104 regains its number by turning right at the next roundabout. It runs along the Lea Bridge Road through Leyton and Walthamstow and up Woodford New Road (not so new any more). Just after meeting the A503 at traffic lights it crosses the A406 North Circular at the Waterworks Corner GSJ into more pleasant suburbs and parts of old Epping Forest.

The A104 by the Robin Hood Inn in the middle of Epping Forest

Epping Forest is a large swathe of greenery, owned by the Corporation of London. It is a magnet for people in north London – it is the first decent sized area of open space that you pass on your way out of town.

Half a mile later a roundabout is reached where we meet the other incarnation of the A1199. That road used to be the A11 and so this was the original northern end of the A104. With the A11 now taking second fiddle to the M11 the A104 has been extended. It meets the A121 to Loughton in Woodford Wells before entering Epping Forest proper. The urban section of road passed through earlier now seems a world away.

At the Wake Arms Roundabout, also known as Fiveways, we meet the A121 again, this time coming in from the east heading towards the M25 at junction 26. The A104 ends here. From the Wake Arms, the old A11 continues northwards, now downgraded to the B1393, though it is still a very busy road. If you were to continue north from here, you'd soon pass Bell Common - and over the top of the tunnel of that name on the M25 into Epping itself. Go further and the road will eventually regain the A11 number, although this doesn't happen until near Cambridge.



A104
JunctionsBaker's Arms • Dalston Junction • Lea Bridge Interchange • Robin Hood Roundabout (Epping Forest) • Wake Arms Roundabout • Waterworks Corner • Whipps Cross Roundabout
CrossingsLea Bridge
RoadsCS1
Related Pictures
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A104 Junction Essex Road - Coppermine - 8766.JPGHackney- A104 Dalston Lane railway bridge - Geograph - 627209.jpgLondon (Waltham Forest), 1955- Leyton, Baker's Arms intersection - Geograph - 4667221.jpgThe Robin Hood - Geograph - 99306.jpgWhipps Cross Roundabout, Walthamstow - Geograph - 3846734.jpg
Other nearby roads
IslingtonA1/Central London - South Mimms • A105 • A1199 (Canonbury) • A1200 • A1201 • A501 • B103 • B515 • Great North Road • M11 • North Cross Route • Orbital Tunnel Route • T1 (Britain)
DalstonA10 • A1207 • B102 • B104 • B108 • B111 • B150 • CS1 • Ermine Street • North Cross Route • Orbital Tunnel Route
HackneyA102 • A102(M) East Cross Route • A106 • A107 • A115 (Hackney Wick - Stratford) • A12 • A1205 • A1207 • B109 (Hackney) • B110 (Hackney) • B112 • B113 • B114 • B115 • B116 • B117 • B136 • East Cross Route • M11 • North Cross Route • Orbital Tunnel Route
WalthamstowA1003 • A1006 • A1069 • A1081 (Woodford Spur) • A1082 (Whipps Cross) • A11(M) • A112 • A1188 • A1400 • A406 • A503 • B160 • B169 • B179 • EuroVelo 2 • NCN1 • Ringway 2 • T2 (Britain) • T36 (Britain)
WoodfordA1007 • A1008 • A1009 • A1081 (Woodford Spur) • A11 • A110 • A111 • A113 • A1199 (Woodford) • A121 • A1400 • A406 • A503 • B168 • B169 (Loughton) • B173 • M11 • M12 (Woodford - Brentwood) • M12 (Woodford - Maplin) • M15 • T2 (Britain)
A100-A199
A100 • A101 • A102 • A103 • A104 • A105 • A106 • A107 • A108 • A109 • A110 • A111 • A112 • A113 • A114 • A115 • A116 • A117 • A118 • A119
A120 • A121 • A122 • A123 • A124 • A125 • A126 • A127 • A128 • A129 • A130 • A131 • A132 • A133 • A134 • A135 • A136 • A137 • A138 • A139
A140 • A141 • A142 • A143 • A144 • A145 • A146 • A147 • A148 • A149 • A150 • A151 • A152 • A153 • A154 • A155 • A156 • A157 • A158 • A159
A160 • A161 • A162 • A163 • A164 • A165 • A166 • A167 • A168 • A169 • A170 • A171 • A172 • A173 • A174 • A175 • A176 • A177 • A178 • A179
A180 • A181 • A182 • A183 • A184 • A185 • A186 • A187 • A188 • A189 • A190 • A191 • A192 • A193 • A194 • A195 • A196 • A197 • A198 • A199
Defunct Itineraries & Motorways: A102(M) East Cross Route • A102(M) Southern Approach • A108(N) • A108(S) • A115 • A118
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