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Maryland is located in Greater London
OS grid reference TQ 39294 85095
Ceremonial county Greater London
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town LONDON
Postcode district E15
Dialling code 020
Police Metropolitan
Fire London
Ambulance London
EU Parliament London
UK Parliament
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51°32′52″N 0°00′21″W / 51.547878°N 0.00573°W / 51.547878; -0.00573,

Maryland is a neighbourhood in Stratford in east London, England. It is in the London Borough of Newham. The community centres around Maryland Station and borders Leytonstone to the north, Stratford New Town to the west and Forest Gate to the east, with Stratford town centre to the south-west.


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Old and new buildings at Maryland Point

Maryland's earliest known recorded appearance is on a map of Essex published by J. Oliver in 1696, where it is marked as 'Maryland Point'. The name originated with a rich local merchant who bought land and built in the area having returned from the American colony of Maryland (itself named for Queen Henrietta Maria, wife of Charles I). London's Maryland is therefore an unusual example of a place in Britain named after an American location, rather than vice versa.

Various attempts have been made to identify the merchant. The most likely candidate seems to be Richard Lee (1617-1664, great-great-grandfather of Confederate General Robert E. Lee), who emigrated to Virginia around 1640. His estate there included land on the Maryland side of the Potomac River, near a place known as Maryland Point (later to be the site of the Maryland Point Light). On returning to England in 1658, Lee bought land in Stratford, and in 1662 was recorded as owning a large house there.


Maryland railway station
Maryland Station
  • Maryland Station is served by trains operated by TfL Rail, with a frequency of 10 minutes in each direction. Trains towards central London stop at Stratford before terminating at Liverpool Street station, with a journey time of 10 minutes. To the East, trains run a stopping service terminating at Shenfield. Maryland Station will be served by Crossrail / Elizabeth line in 2022, when fully complete.
  • Maryland is served by bus routes 69 (24hr), 257, 308, and night bus N8.


Local primary schools include: Maryland Primary School, St. Francis' Catholic Primary School, Colegrave Primary School

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